Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Reto Hofmann & Dr Paula Michaels


Previously coded HSY1112


This unit focuses on twentieth-century wars and revolutions across the globe. It explores the concept of revolution in its broadest sense: as a fundamental transformation of politics, society or culture. Topics to be studied include the social and cultural revolutions of the 1920s; ideological revolutions in Germany and Italy; the economic and social consequences of World War II; decolonisation struggles; 1960s cultural revolutions in China, Europe and the United States. Finally, the end of the cold war will be studied in light of religious and ethnic counter-revolutions, and the resurgence of nationalism in Eastern Europe.


Students successfully completing this unit will be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to discuss in an informed way the relationship between revolution and social change;
  2. An understanding of the distinctions between political and social revolutions;
  3. An appreciation of the difference between total war, civil war, cold war and revolution;
  4. An awareness of how ideas about race, ethnicity, identity, nationalism and freedom informed; revolutionary movement in the twentieth century;
  5. The ability to assess critically visual sources and their contributions to historical memory;
  6. The ability to analyse a variety of written historical sources;
  7. The development of skills for collaborative learning and group work;
  8. The acquisition of solid writing and oral presentation skills;


Written work: 90%
Tutorial participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Reto Hofmann & Dr Paula Michaels

Contact hours

Two hours of lecture and one hour tutorial

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study