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HPL1503 - Global and Regional Studies I: Modern World Events and Issues

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Elizabeth Edmondson, David Schmitt and Dr Keith Wilson


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Issues and events post 1945 using global and regional frameworks. Critical analysis will be used to gain an understanding of the most significant forces that have shaped the period 1945 to present. Topics studied include the origins of the post-1945 world; the Cold War and impact of superpower dominance; decolonisation; the third industrial revolution; the global economy; the resurgence of religion, nationalism and tribalism and the new world order.


To have students:

  1. Develop an awareness of the most significant events and issues that have shaped the post-1945 world;
  2. Develop conceptual and analytical skills in examining the causes and consequences of major global and regional trends;
  3. Develop further their abilities to use oral and written presentations in discussions of contemporary global and regional issues;
  4. Apply theoretical and methodological tools in the evaluation of geographic, environmental, social, economic and political factors which have, and continue to shape post-1945 life; and
  5. Develop an interest in and understanding of world events and to foster a life long study of the forces which shape regions and the global system.


Tutorial paper (1000 words): 20%
Essay (1500 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

3 hours per week (two 1-hour lecture, one 1-hour tutorial)