About this unit
The end of World War II signalled a firm line in the ground, and how the world rebuilt itself afterwards has shaped the global realities of today. If you want to understand how modern Australia was formed, then this unit on The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective will give you all the historical and geo-political background you need to gain an understanding of how our culture has formed to today.
The unit takes a broad view of history, looking to changes in the United States, Europe and China and the decolonisation that was taking place across the world to present a new world view. It focuses on the effects of the Vietnam War and the Cold War, before tracking the revolutionary mood of the 1960s. By taking this unit you will build a thorough knowledge of historical events, and gain a wide-spectrum picture of how they intersect and have influenced subsequent governments, attitudes and regimes.
In the process you will develop skills in historical source analysis, be able to synthesise historical information and be better equipped to engage in contemporary political and social debates.
Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Macquarie University, this unit is relevant to a range of arts qualifications.
If you have no prior university experience, you are recommended to complete Academic Learning Skills or Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before commencing this course.
This unit is a part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Certificate of Arts, Griffith University
- Diploma of Arts, Griffith University
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
- Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
In this The World Since 1945: An Australian Perspective unit, the topics you will study include:
- Rebuilding Europe and reconstructing Asia
- The First Cold War in Europe and Asia
- Vietnam and breaking the Cold War mould
- The 60s as a ‘decade of dissent’ or a ‘seizure of youth’
- Thatcher, Reagan and neoliberalism
- Globalisation and the end of the Cold War
- The New World order and terrorism
- Research methods: reading and writing history
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
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