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The Age of Catastrophe 1914-1945 HTA232


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
Unit code HTA232
Credit points 12.5
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
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090305 $1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $1,919.00

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25 credit points at Introductory level or higher

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HTA211 or HTA311.


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly online lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly tutorial (1.5 hours). 

Off Campus:
Weekly online lectures or equivalent (1.5 hours) and weekly participation in online discussions

AssessmentShort assignment (600 words) (15%)|Tutorial Reading Quizzes (15%)|Take-Home Exam (30%)|Research Essay (2500 words) (40%)
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