History (HIST) 209

A History of the World in the Twentieth Century: I (Revision 3)

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

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

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

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

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 209 examines the major economic, political, social, scientific, and technological developments in twentieth century history. The course adopts four broad themes: global interrelatedness; identity and difference; rise of the mass society; and technology versus nature. These themes serve as a guide to understanding the material in each of the course's fourteen units.


  • 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-Fall Out


To receive credit for HIST 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


Findley, Carter Vaughn, and John Alexander Murray Rothney. Twentieth-Century World. 7th ed. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2011.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, student manual and reading file.

The course is also accompanied by 14, one-hour 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 HIST 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.

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