This is a self-paced course. You are welcome to complete the course at your own pace. However we suggest you may like to complete it in around four weeks, by completing two sessions per week.


Session 0: Orientation

Familiarise yourself with the course site and establish your personal learning environment.


Session 1: Imperialism in the Long Nineteenth Century

Imperialism in the Long Nineteenth Century.

Learn about the European conquest of vast swathes of territory in Africa, Asia and around the world in the nineteenth century.


Session 2: The Impact of Imperialism

The Impact of Imperialism.

Learn about the ideological justifications for imperialism, and the impact on subjugated peoples.


Session 3: Imperialism, Modernization and Resistance

Imperialism, Modernization and Resistance.

Examine the impact of imperialism in Asia, how many countries had little choice but to modernize in response, and how some nations tried to resist imperialism.


Session 4: The Causes of World War One

The Causes of World War One.

Learn about the causes of one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.


Session 5: World War One

World War One: Global War.

Examine the main fronts of the war, and the impact of new military technology on the course of the war.


Session 6: The Impact of Global War

The Impact of Global War.

Find out about the Treaty of Versailles, the creation of the League of Nations and the lasting global impact of World War One.


Session 7: The Interwar Years

The Interwar Years.

Learn about the Great Depression, and how it contributed to the rise of Nazism.


Session 8: The Rise of Totalitarianism

The Rise of Totalitarian States: Russia and Italy.

Find out what caused the Russian Revolution, and Stalin’s rise to power. Examine fascism in Italy.

Totalitarianism and Militarism: Germany and Japan.

Learn how Hitler came to power, and the rise of Nazi Germany. Find out about Japan’s quest for empire and increasing militarism.