Course Title: Global History and Security

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global History and Security

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Aiden Warren

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3758

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.26

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the history of the 20th and early 21st Century. You will explore the global history of the modern world to analyse the role and activities of the state, as well as cultural and social transformations. You will critically identify and assess the appropriateness of technological solutions to problems in a range of different cultural and social settings, and specifically investigate Great Power rivalries, the causes of global conflict, the role of intelligence, the impact of modern technology (including the nuclear arms race) and the search for international security.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course contributes to the development of the following Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) graduate capabilities. The course will develop your ability to:

  • Distil meaning, interpret, absorb and synthesize knowledge and information derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice
  • Take a strategic perspective in policy and practice in addressing global-local issues through planning and prioritization and to implement new directions and solutions in constructive, innovative and creative ways
  • Apply knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in international and cross-cultural settings, to assess economic, cultural, social and political opportunities and risks, and to evaluate the viability of policies and programs in their local-global context


On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Discuss and analyse key historical features of the 20th and 21st Centuries.
  • Analyse the changing roles of key global, regional and local institutions
  • Diagnose contemporary global and international issues, by identifying and applying processes of historical enquiry, that may be employed in the examination of international affairs
  • Apply ethical perspectives to international and cross-cultural issues based on knowledge about global history
  • Describe the changing character of the work of agencies and organisations operating internationally and to analyse the ways in which leaders and organisations shape history
  • Identify and interpret critical patterns of globalisation in contemporary world history

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities in a variety of settings including lectures, group problem-solving exercises and debates. A structured tutorial program is provided to give you the opportunity to explore global issues in greater depth through active participation in small group discussions and collaborative activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access to a wide range of library resources and online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. The assessment is designed to facilitate your development your knowledge of the course content, and develop your analytical, strategic and communicative capabilities.
Assessments tasks may include researching and writing a class presentation, a major essay, and by contribution in group discussions.
• If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
• Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: