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HIST102 The Global Twentieth Century

An exploration of the twentieth century's wars and revolutions, booms and busts, dictators and democratic forces, providing a secure historical basis for understanding today's complex globalised world.

The twentieth century created a new world. This paper is essential for students who major in History, and it also complements studies in a wide range of subjects, including law, politics, psychology, anthropology, English, geography and marketing.

Paper title The Global Twentieth Century
Paper code HIST102
Subject History
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Coordinator: Associate Professor Mark Seymour
Lecturers: Dr Miranda Johnson
Associate Professor Mark Seymour



Pamela Kyle Crossley, Lynn Hollen Lees, and John W. Servos, Global Society: The World Since 1900 (3rd edition, 2012).

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Be equipped with a clear sense of the general shape of world history in the 20th century and the interrelationship of events, ideologies and personalities
  • Have a sound grasp of the concepts, terms and methodolgies historians use

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 11-13, 17-19
A2 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 11-13, 17-19
A3 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 11-13, 17-19
A4 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 11-13, 17-19
A5 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 11-13, 17-19
A6 Thursday 12:00-12:50 11-13, 17-19
A7 Thursday 13:00-13:50 11-13, 17-19
A8 Thursday 15:00-15:50 11-13, 17-19