HST102 The Short Twentieth Century II (8)

This subject explores the major political, social, economic and intellectual developments in world history in the period 1945-92. Topics covered include the Cold War, the Soviet Union, the social revolution of the 1960s, postcolonialism and the Third World, the rise of mass culture, and the fall of communism. The subject will also examine a number of methodological issues related to the practice of history such as the politicisation of history, history and journalism, and the nature and function of primary source material.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

Not available to students who have previously completed HST102

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 classify different historical sources.
  • be able to select and assess the major developments in world history in the period 1945-92.
  • be able to compare and contrast the historical arguments of secondary sources.
  • be able to describe and analyse various methodological issues related to the practice of history (eg. the dynamic between history and politics, the relationship between history and journalism, 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


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The Cold War, 1945-92
  • The Soviet Union
  • The social revolution of the 1960s
  • Postcolonialism and the Third World
  • The rise of mass culture
  • The fall of communism

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HST102 in Session 2 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.