History (HIST) 210

A History of the World in the Twentieth Century: II (Revision 1)

HIST 210 course cover

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

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 210 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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HIST 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 History 209: A History of the World in the Twentieth Century: I, which covers the first half of the twentieth century.


  • 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 HIST 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


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

Online Materials

Athabasca University, Student Manual. Athabasca AB: Author, revised 2008.

History 210: A History of the World in the Twentieth Century - II: Course Manual. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University, 2008.

Other Materials

The course materials include a study guide, 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 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 1, November 2008.