War and Peace in the 20th Century

HIS30007 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or Term

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

1 Mar 21 - 30 May 21

6 Jul 21

Last self enrolment:
14 Mar 21

31 Mar 21

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Apr 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1

8 Mar 21 - 6 Jun 21

29 Jun 21

Last self enrolment:
21 Mar 21

2 Apr 21

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Apr 21


50 credit points at level 2



Aims and objectives

This unit seeks to provide students with an understanding of the evolution of global history and politics since World War II and the background to contemporary issues. Central to this aim is the emphasis devoted in the unit to the international roles played by the USA and the USSR during the Cold War. The unit begins at the end of World War II and concludes with a postscript on the legacies of the Cold War: the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. In doing so, it highlights the role that ideology plays in shaping international relations and visions of modernity.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
5. Interrogate the global role of the USSR and the USA during the Cold War;
6. Locate, interrogate, and integrate primary and secondary source documents in the development of an argument;
7. Critically analyse and interpret key historiographical debates in the Cold War;
8. Reflect on historical trends and ideologies in the twentieth century that have shaped contemporary society.

Courses with unit

BA-ART3 Bachelor of Arts
BA-ARTSPROF Bachelor of Arts (Professional)
BB-ARTBUS1 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business
BB-ARTSC Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
BB-LAWART Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts