Divided Europe

Unit code: AAH2004 | 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 develops the theme of ideological conflict through a study of the annihilation of European Jewry by the Nazis. The unit of study then examines social and political changes in post-war Europe and in particular the impact of Cold War tensions on Germany, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. It concludes by examining the political and social changes that occurred in 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia and Ireland.

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 1939 and 1968;
  2. Evaluate the relevance and application of different historical approaches to central themes in contemporary European history between 1939 and 1968;
  3. Critique accounts of historical events (between 1939 and 1968) in light of their knowledge of historical approaches and concepts; and
  4. Exhibit 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 so as to construct persuasive historical arguments.

Study as a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Other
Grade: 20%
Primary source analysis (500 words or equivalent)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 30%
Research Essay (1800 words or equivalent)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 20%
Online quizzes (x10)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 30%
In-class Test (800 words or equivalent)

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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