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Cold War 1945 - 1991: A Global History (HIS243)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description This unit traces the political, social and strategic history of the Cold War through its post-1945 origins in the aftermath of WWII until its end in 1989-91 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Critical events will be discussed including the origins and end of the Cold War in Europe and Asia; the policies of the two 'superpowers'; their confrontations in Berlin, Korea, Vietnam, Cuba; the roles of ideology and political leaders; the influence of the United Nations and European Union.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
2. Identify and interpret a wide variety of secondary and primary materials.
3. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
4. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
5. Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of lectures and small group tutorials, backed by significant weekly student reading. The intention is that the lectures each week broadly introduce a topic and provide critical analysis of the main historical debates and trends; they do not provide simple summaries of events or content. The readings for each week are closely focused on the key issues and relate directly to each other and to the week's lecture. Tutorial work is thus vital to student learning, as it is in the small group discussions that students will combine the lecture content with their own analysis of the readings to gain insight into key debates.
Assessment in the unit is tied back to these learning activities. In-class participation in the unit's tutorials addresses oral, analytical and synoptic skills. Written assignments focus upon the development of critical and research skills, with detailed feedback provided by the unit coordinator. The essay task asks students to provide an answer to a specified question from one of the weekly tutorials, thus requiring them to draw upon the insights they have developed and to crystalise them in written form. The final exam asks students to answer questions tied specifically back to the weekly tutorial discussions: again, the purpose is to allow them the opportunity to demonstrate the insights they have gained through their consideration of the readings and lectures in close discussion at tutorials.
Short essay (800 words) 20 % -- due middle of teaching period
Research essay (2000 words) 45% -- due end of teaching period
Final examination (2 hours, closed book) 35% -- in exam period
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed any of the following units may not enrol in this unit for credit: HIS224 Rebirth of Europe: 1945-2001; HIS324 Rebirth of Europe: 1945-2001.
Previously 2016: 'Rebirth of Europe 1945-2001'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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History (BA)
Appears in these Co-Majors History
Appears in these Minors Modern History
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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