20th and 21st Century World History


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module comprises relevant coursework, discussion sessions, and an individual exam portfolio.

Learning objectives


The student must attain

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • significant political events as well as social and cultural themes and processes in the 20th and 21st century  global environment.


The student must attain

Skills in: 

  • communicating knowledge 20th and 21st century social, political, and cultural trends in a clear, structured, and comprehensible manner

  • discussing social, cultural, and political events, products and/or texts in relation to modern historical phenomena and processes

  • considering and evaluating a range of source material, primarily monographs and scholarly journal articles, but also sources such as video material, journalistic sources, podcasts, and digital archives, in the order to understand and analyze the module's subject matter.


The student must attain

Competencies in:

  • elucidating social, cultural, and/or political issues in 20th and 21st century Western and global history on the basis of relevant knowledge.

Type of instruction

Please see § 17 in the curriculum.



Name of exam20th and 21st Century World History
Type of exam
Written exam
Written exam (individual)

The examination is an individual exam portfolio; the content of the portfolio must demonstrate that the student has achieved the above-mentioned learning objectives that the student has achieved the above-mentioned learning objectives and has participated actively in course activities. The requirements for the contents of the portfolio will be determined by the course instructor at the start of the semester.
The assignment paper will be evaluated by the examiner.

Any re-examinations will be held in accordance with the above guidelines on the basis of a revised exam portfolio.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDet 20. og 21. århundredes verdenshistorie
Module codeBALISE2204
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Arts (BA) in Language and International Studies, English
Study BoardStudy Board of International and Cross‐Cultural Studies
DepartmentDepartment of Culture and Learning
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities