AIH107 - The Modern World: Nations, Empires, Ideologies, 1860s to 1930s


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




Incompatible with:

AIH260, AIH360

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 online seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

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


This unit examines the major episodes, developments and figures of the period 1860s to 1930s in modern world history. At the same time, it is intended to introduce students to the study of history and the Deakin history major. While this is developed as a discrete unit, it is intended also to provide an introduction to the trimester two unit so that together, the trimester one and two of the first level will provide an extended analysis of the making of the modern world. In this unit, students will investigate the causes, nature and impact of the major changes that emerged after World War One.

Topics in this unit will include a study of the major economic changes and political structures that emerged including the height of imperialism and its connection to modern nation states, the importance of oil for consumer society and international relations, the contest between democracy, fascism and communism, the major events such as the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the Great Depression and the Japanese invasion of China, and a selection of significant social and cultural developments which shaped everyday life in this period including the emergence of mass production, a consumer society, and technologically-based mass entertainment.

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