HST101 The Short Twentieth Century I (8)


This subject explores the major political, social, economic and intellectual developments in world history in the period 1914-45. Topics covered include ‘total war’, the Russian Revolution and Soviet Russia, the rise of fascism, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, modernism and the arts, the Great Depression, and anti-colonialism and the decline of imperialism. The subject will also examine a number of methodological issues important to history such as the nature of oral history, the relationship between documentary filmmaking and history, and the nature and function of primary source material.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed HST101

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research and appraise a variety of sources and integrate them effectively in support of an argument.
  • be able to find, identify and classify different historical sources.
  • be able to select and assess the major developments in world history in the period 1914-45.
  • be able to compare and contrast historical arguments of secondary sources.
  • be able to describe and analyse various methodological issues related to the practice of history (eg. the nature of oral history; the relationship between documentary filmmaking and history; and the nature of, and difference between, primary and secondary sources).
  • be able to apply the techniques of formal essay-writing, such as appropriate referencing, paragraphing, expression and tone.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Total war, 1914-45
  • Revolution in Russia and world history, 1917-45
  • Society and politics in the inter-war period
  • The rise of fascism
  • Nazism and the Holocaust
  • The causes of World War II
  • Anti-colonialism and the decline of imperialism


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.