European Revolution and War

Unit code: AAH2003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park
Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study examines social and political change in Europe from 1900 to the outbreak of World War II. This period witnessed the disintegration of old empires and the emergence of new ideologies. Thus the principal theme is the development, character and impact in this period communism in Russia and Nazism in Germany.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse some pivotal social and political events in contemporary European history between 1900 and 1939;
  2. Evaluate the relevance and application of different historical approaches to central themes in contemporary European history;
  3. Exhibit a range of historical skills, including the interpretation of primary and secondary sources, the cataloguing of change over time, and the explanation of different forms of historical causation; and
  4. Construct persuasive arguments regarding historical themes and events drawing upon relevant skills of historical analysis.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 20%
Document Analysis
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online Quizzes
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Research Essay
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
In class Test

Required reading

Students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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