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HIS3002 Total War: World War II and the Twentieth Century

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Pre-requisite: Any two courses of History or International Relations


The twentieth century is central to students who wish to understand history, international relations and the contemporary world. This global era is also an important area of study for students intending to teach Modern History in secondary schools. The course is therefore useful for Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) students. The course will also provide students with advanced skills in critical thinking, enabling future research and life-long learning.

This subject will focus on World War Two and its impacts on the twentieth century. You will explore questions about the causes of armed conflict, and the nature of `total war' including its social, economic, cultural and political consequences for modern global history. You will examine topics such as: the situation of Europe and Japan after World War One; the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany; interwar diplomacy and its failure to preserve peace; the origins of World War Two in Asia and Europe; the barbarism of warfare including the Holocaust; and the legacy of total war, such as the development of international human rights legislation and the Cold War.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023