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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title The 20th Century World since 1918
Module Code HY110
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Neville Scarlet
Semester 2: Neville Scarlet
Autumn: Neville Scarlet
Module TeachersNeville Scarlet
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The module surveys both national and international developments in the aftermath of World War I, with particular reference to events in Italy, Germany and Spain and on those events which led to the recurrence of World War in 1939. The module also explores the main issues in global relations and economic trends in the post World War II world, including the ‘Cold War’.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of issues in the study of twentieth century history
2. Understand the preconditions which led to formation of totalitarian regimes
3. Display a knowledge of international relations in the twentieth century against the backdrop of the interwar period and the Cold War
4. Consider and appreciate the differing interpretations of the Cold War
5. Identify some of the key political, economic and cultural forces that helped to shape the Twentieth Century

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20No Description
Assignment Completion32Completion of assignment
Independent Study73No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

1918-39: The aftermath of war and peace

Democracy and Dictatorship

Economic and cultural developments in the inter-war period

World War II, origins and issues

The Cold War, crises and conflicts

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • William R. Keylor: 2005, The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900, 5th, OUP USA;,
  • Gordon A. Craig: 1980, Germany 1866-1945, OUP,
  • Tony Judt: 2007, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Pimlico,
  • John Lewis Gaddis: 2007, The Cold War, Penguin,
  • Martin McCauley: 2008, Russia, America and the Cold War: 1949-1991, 2nd, Longman,
  • Julian Jackson: 2002, Oxford History of Europe 1900-1945, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
  • Ian Kershaw: 2018, Rollercoaster, Penguin, London,
Other Resources

50052, Website, 0, Wilson Center, http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/cold-war-international-history-project,
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