International History

Subject HIST90024 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 10 hours per week: total time commitment 120 hours
Prerequisites: Entry into the Master of International Relations or Master of International Studies (teach-out) Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in history (or in a relevant program) or enrolment in a relevant coursework Masters program
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Dr Barbara Keys


Dr Ara Keys

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to give students a basic framework of knowledge about events and issues that have shaped international affairs in the last 60 years. The subject will acquaint students with the historical roots of key problems, including events such as the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War, and the current war in Iraq, along with d&amp.eacute.tente, the rise of the Third World in the 1950s and 1960s and Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Key thematic issues &amp.ndash. such as peacekeeping, migration, environmental problems, international sport, transnational corporations and global culture &amp.ndash. will also receive attention. The emphasis will be on how the past helps us to understand the present and how policymakers and others can draw &amp.lsquo.lessons&amp.rsquo. from the past.

  • Develop an understanding of major events and issues in international relations since 1945.
  • Understand how those events and issues have shaped the world today.
  • Understand how policymakers and others can &amp.ldquo.learn&amp.rdquo. from the past.
  • Develop their skills in analysing and understanding problems and issues in international relations.
Assessment: A 2500-word research essay (due mid-semester) 40% and a 2500-word essay (due end of semester) 50%, and seminar participation 10%
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Develop their abilities in critical thinking and analysis.
  • Extend their oral communication skills.
  • Refine their skills in crafting persuasive written arguments based on evidence.
Notes: This subject is a compulsory component of the (Newly proposed) Master of International Relations and the Master of International Studies (teach-out)
Related Course(s): Master of Arts in History (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
Master of International Relations
Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in International Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: History

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