Courses & Units

World History: War, Feast and Famine HTA102

Hobart, Launceston


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
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics

Dr Anthony Page

Teaching staff

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain key developments in modern world history and develop a global perspective on how societies have interacted through time.
  2. Apply skills in researching and critically analysing historical evidence and the work of historians.
  3. 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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Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 
2 x 1-hour lectures
1-hour tutorial weekly

Off Campus:
2 x 1-hour lectures
Weekly web conference tutorial, or participation in discussion boards.


Task 1: Take-home exam (40%)
Task 2: Tutorial participation/ Participation in online discussion boards (10%)
Task 3: Assignment 1, 500 words (10%)
Task 4: Assignment 2, 2000 words (40%)

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