HST101 The Short Twentieth Century (8)

This subject explores the major political, social, economic and intellectual developments in world history in the period 1914-1991. Topics covered include: 'total war', the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, modernism and the arts, anti-colonialism and the decline of imperialism, the Cold War, the social revolution of the 1960s, the rise of popular culture and the fall of communism. The subject also examines methodological issues important to the study of history such as the nature of oral history, the relationship between documentary filmmaking and history, and the nature and function of primary source material.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed subject HST102 as this subject supersedes HST102.

Subject Relationships

HST102 Shares similar content

Incompatible Subjects


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 1914-1991;
  • 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); and
  • be able to apply the techniques of formal essay-writing, such as appropriate referencing, paragraphing, expression and tone.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Total war
  • The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
  • Modernism and artistic and cultural expression
  • Anti-colonialism and the decline of imperialism
  • The Cold War
  • The social revolution of the 1960s
  • The rise of mass culture
  • The fall of communism
  • Oral history
  • History and documentary filmmaking
  • Source analysis

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HST101 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Mini annotated bibliography
Debating history
Writing history

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.