The subject examines social, economic and political change in the world from Hiroshima to September 11, using case studies to explore topics and themes such as the Cold War, the population explosion, civil rights, decolonisation, fundamentalism and global warming. Key concepts developed during the period under study (second-wave feminism, post-industrialisation, imagined communities, Orientalism, postcolonialism, the clash of civilisations, globalisation) are introduced and discussed in the context of the history that produced them. Students will be encouraged to develop a command of major developments in recent world history, and invited to consider and analyse changing ideas of the world in the second half of the twentieth century.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to
reflect critically on the idea of the world and world history;
demonstrate familiarity with significant developments in societies, economies and politics world-wide, and their international implications; and
demonstrate an ability to analyse primary and secondary materials, textual and visual, in reflecting on the past.