AIH108 - The Modern World: Globalisation and Fragmentation, the 1940s to the 21st Century

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Last updated: 4 June 2021

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Clare Corbould




Incompatible with:

AIH109, AIH208, AIH408

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1 - hour class per week (recordings provided),

1 x 1 - hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 1 - hour class per week (recordings provided),

1 x 1 - hour online seminar per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


From the Second World War to the financial crisis, Arab Spring and Fukushima earthquake of 2011, this unit will reveal the interconnectedness and unevenness of globalisation, the rise of new nations and social movements, including environmentalism and feminism, and the International and domestic ramifications of the Cold War. The unit also explores population growth and movements and their impact on land, sea and climate.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of modern world history between the Second World War and the early 21st century

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Critically analyse and use primary source documents in the writing of history

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Develop skills in the research and writing of history as a self-managed learner

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO6: Self-management


Become more critically aware and question the assumptions and knowledge you bring to the study of late twentieth century history.

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Engage in sophisticated debate with your fellow students and tutors

GLO2: Communication


Understand the history of different cultures and nations involved in the politics and cultural upheavals of the period

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Seminar/Online Exercises 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Weeks 3, 6, 11
Assessment 2 - Essay 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Week 9


The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIH108 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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