INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: PAST AND PRESENT
Credit points: 15
This introductory subject provides an overview of the major historical developments since the birth of the discipline of International Relations (IR) at the beginning of the 20th century. It focuses on surveying the major events that have shaped the international system, tracking the significant power shifts that have occurred during each period, and the theories that have been developed in response to this changing context. Topics include: the World Wars; post-War II construction of global institutions; the Cold War; decolonisation; post-Cold War globalisation; the 'war on terror'; humanitarian intervention; the Great Recession; and American decline and rising powers. Students will gain a comprehensive overview of the historical debates that have shaped the discipline of IR and an appreciation of the historical roots of contemporary international politics.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesPresentations by seminar leader; participation in seminar discussions; regular blog posts; Historical Brief; Seminar required readings.
Prerequisites Enrolled in an Honours program or Postgraduate Coursework degree in the School of Humanities and Social Science Other students may enrol with permission of the subject coordinator
Incompatible subjectsPOL4CIR OR POL5CIR
Quota Management StrategyN/A
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Minimum credit point requirementN/A
International Relations Since 1945: A Global History
AuthorYoung, J.W and Kent, J.
PublisherOxford University Press
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniel Bray
SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Regular Blog Posts (2000 words)Eight blog posts of 250 words worth 5% each.
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Historical Brief (3000 words)