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 student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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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- 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
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:HTA211, HTA311
Weekly lectures (2 hours) and tutorial (1 hour)
Weekly lectures (2 hours) and online discussions
|Assessment||Tutorial Reading Quizzes (15%)|Take-Home Exam (30%)|Short assignment (600 words) (15%)|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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