pol3inr inter relations cold war



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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is designed to introduce students to the major developments in international politics that occurred between 1945 and 1991. Emphasis here will be placed on the foreign policies of the United States and the Soviet Union, with a view to outline the key components of the ideological and geopolitical confrontation that so profoundly characterised the Cold War era. Students will be provided with in-depth and detailed analyses of the impact that bipolar confrontation had on two key regions, namely Europe and Asia. The subject will also illustrate a number of competing interpretations of the origins, development and outcome of the Cold War, in order to outline how successive historiography waves understood international politics in the era of the two Superpowers.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects POL2INR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAmerica, Russia and the Cold War, 1945-2006RecommendedLaFeber, W.BOSTON: MCGRAW-HILL, 2008.
ReadingsThe Cold War: a very short introductionRecommendedMcMahon, R. J.OUP 2003

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Deliver oral presentations that demonstrate a broad and sophisticated understanding of the regional and international politics of the Cold War Era

-Tutorial presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

02. Write critical reviews that demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the international politics of the Cold War era in relation to issues explored in the unit, including bipolar confrontation in Europe and Asia; Superpower hegemony in the Third World and the role of ideology in US and Soviet foreign policy making.

-Essay -Final Exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

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