From the trenches of the First World War to the end of the Second World War, this unit explores global history through the lens of an ‘Age of Catastrophe’. The first half of the twentieth century was an age convulsed by total war, economic depression, nationalism, militarism, ideological conflict, totalitarianism, political violence and genocide. In this unit we engage in historical debates and controversies, and explore the everyday lived experiences of ordinary people in an age of extraordinary change, dislocation and collective trauma. Topics may include the legacy of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression in America, Nazi Germany, Stalinism, the rise of Imperial Japan, the Second World War in Europe and the Pacific, Hiroshima and the Holocaust.
|Unit name||The Age of Catastrophe 1914-1945|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||History and Classics|
|Coordinator||Doctor Gavin Daly|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain the nature of regional and global conflicts and upheaval during the first half of the 20th century
- Apply skills in historical research, analysis, interpretation and argument to study of the ‘Age of Catastrophe’
- Communicate with clarity and according to the conventions of the discipline of History
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Prerequisites25 credit points at Introductory level or higher
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:HTA211 or HTA311.
Weekly scheduled lectorial (45 mins), online recorded lecture (45 mins), and tutorial (1.5 hours). Note: the lectorial will also be recorded and available online.
Weekly online lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly participation in online discussions
|Assessment||Short assignment (600 words) (15%)|Tutorial Reading Quizzes (15%)|Take-Home Exam (30%)|Research Essay (2500 words) (40%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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