HIST137-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Modern World History

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course explores some of the major ideas and events that have shaped world history since 1945 and asks: Which are stronger, the forces for world unity or the forces for fragmentation? The first half of the course looks at the immediate post-war period. This is the time when Europe declines, European colonies become new nations and the United States of America (U.S.A.) gains power. It is the time of the Cold War when the world is divided by 'an iron curtain' between western capitalist states led by the U.S.A. and eastern bloc communist states centered on the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The second half of the course looks at the world after the collapse of communism. We study the global impacts of the struggle for resources and the increasing prominence of terrorism in the modern world.

Learning Outcomes

The overall aim of the course it to provide students with a fascinating and challenging introduction to the study of some of the key issues in modern world history and to develop skills needed for further historical study and for transfer into the work environment.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to

1.  Communicate insights into the impact of colonialism and decolonisation in shaping the world post 1945
2.  Explain relationships between decolonisation, the cold war and the spread of communism
3.  Discuss the impact of the struggle for resources on international relations and on the economic, political and social conditions of decolonised and new nations
4.  Describe with examples the differences between terrorism and non-violent struggles for political change
5.  Analyse and discuss primary and secondary sources
6.  Demonstrate historical insights into modern world history in both written and oral form

Generic/Transferable Skills
7. Ability to analyse complex material from a variety of sources and to communicate the results verbally and in written form
8. Competence in written academic English language and in formatting and conventions of historical writing
9.  Ability to both follow instruction and to work independently
10. Ability to engage appropriately with a range of people in small group discussion

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 E5 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 E5 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 329 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 11 Oct
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Karl Popper 508 (21/7-18/8)
Jack Erskine 239 (8/9-6/10)
20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 11 Oct
03 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Rehua 429
20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
04 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 239 (23/7-20/8)
Jack Erskine 101 (10/9-15/10)
20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
05 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 241
20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
06 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Rehua 429
20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jane Buckingham


Peter Field , Evgeny Pavlov , David Monger , Steven Ratuva and Katie Pickles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorial Assignment 5% 300 words
Presentation 5% Tutorial contribution 5 minute oral presentation - 5%
Essay 1 25% 1500 words 25%
Essay 2 25% 1500 words
Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

W. M. Spellman, A Concise History of the World Since 1945 (New York: Palgrave, 2006)

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219584/Ghosts-war-Artist-superimposes-World-War-II-photographs-modern-pictures-street-scenes.html

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All HIST137 Occurrences

  • HIST137-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
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