Global Studies (GLST) 210

A History of the World in the Twentieth Century: II (Revision 2)

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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 Sciences

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

Precluded Course: GLST 210 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with HIST 210. GLST 210 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for HIST 210.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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GLST 210 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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GLST 210 introduces you to the major economic, political, social, scientific, and technological developments in post–Second World War history. The course is based on four broad themes: global interrelatedness; identity and difference; rise of the mass society; and technology versus nature, which serve as a guide to understanding the material in each unit of the course. It follows Global Studies 209: A History of the World in the Twentieth Century: I, which covers the first half of the twentieth century.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to accomplish the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically discuss the main currents and major patterns of world history during the twentieth century.
  • Analyze the diverse ways in which large-scale developments have affected, and also have been affected by, the lives of individuals.
  • Explain the strengths and limitations of different approaches to historical understanding.
  • Analyze and compare the effects of major developments in twentieth-century world history on Canada.


  • Unit 1: 1948—Boom Time
  • Unit 2: 1945—Fallout
  • Unit 3: 1951—Asia Rising
  • Unit 4: 1959—Endangered Planet
  • Unit 5: 1960—Skin Deep
  • Unit 6: 1963—Picture Power
  • Unit 7: 1965—Great Leap
  • Unit 8: 1968—Young Blood
  • Unit 9: 1969—Half the People
  • Unit 10: 1973—Guerrilla Wars
  • Unit 11: 1979—God Fights Back
  • Unit 12: 1954—Living Longer
  • Unit 13: 1989—People Power
  • Unit 14: 1999—Fast Forward


To receive credit for GLST 210, you must achieve a minimum of 50 percent on the final examination and a minimum composite course grade of D (50 percent). The chart below summarizes the course activities and the credit weight associated with each.

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. Belmont, CA: 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.

Online Materials

The online materials for this course include a Course Information, Study Guide, and readings in the Digital Reading Room.

Other Materials

The course is also accompanied by fourteen, one-hour video programs available on 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 210 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 2, April 7, 2020.