Global Studies (GLST) 209

A History of the World in the Twentieth Century: I (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online with video component* and with eTextbook *Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None. Credit in at least one university history course is recommended.

Precluded Course: GLST 209 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—HIST 209. GLST 209 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HIST 209.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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GLST 209 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Global Studies 209: A History of the World in the Twentieth Century: I introduces students to twentieth-century world history. The primary objective of this course is to help students to understand the major economic, political, social, scientific, and technological developments in the twentieth century. The course is based on four broad themes—global interrelatedness, identity and difference, the rise of the mass society, and technology versus nature—which serve as a guide to understanding the material in each unit of the course.


  • Unit 1: 1900—Age of Hope
  • Unit 2: 1914—Killing Fields
  • Unit 3: 1917—Red Flag
  • Unit 4: 1919—Lost Peace
  • Unit 5: 1926—On the Line
  • Unit 6: 1927—Great Escape
  • Unit 7: 1929—Breadline
  • Unit 8: 1930—Sporting Fever
  • Unit 9: 1933—Master Race
  • Unit 10: 1939—Total War
  • Unit 11: 1945—Brave New World
  • Unit 12: 1947—Freedom Now
  • Unit 13: 1948—Boom Time
  • Unit 14: 1945—Fallout


To receive credit for GLST 209, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 30%
Assignment 2 30%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Findley, Carter Vaughn, and John Alexander Murray Rothney. 2011. Twentieth-Century World. 7th ed. Wadsworth.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Materials

The course materials include readings and a study guide, all of which are available online.

The course also uses fourteen one-hour episodes of the video series People’s Century: 1900–1999, which are available for loan from the Athabasca University Library.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GLST 209 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, May 3, 2019.

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