Courses & Units

World History: The First Globalisation HTA102

Launceston, Hobart


This unit explores the dramatic changes in world history from 1500 to 1900. It examines how rising population levels, technological change, trade and warfare shaped the modern world. The unit employs a series of case studies to examine the impact of these changes on peoples living in different parts of the globe. It asks questions about the nature of change. Did technological innovation lead to a higher standard of living for all, or were there losers and winners? Why were there still famines in an era of increasing agricultural production? What were the effects of the slave trade? What were the environmental consequences of change? The unit demonstrates the importance of the study of history in our understanding of the present.


Unit name World History: War, Feast and Famine
Unit code HTA102
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Coordinator Anthony Page
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain key developments in modern world history and develop a global perspective on how societies have interacted through time
  • Apply skills in researching and critically analysing historical evidence and the work of historians
  • Apply skills in formulating and communicating historical arguments according to the conventions of the History discipline
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090305 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $1,812.50

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AssessmentExamination - take home (40%)|Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (10%)|Essay (40%)|Assignment (10%)
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