International History

Subject HIST90024 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2 hour seminar per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

10 hours per week: total time commitment 120 hours


Entry into the Master of International Relations or Master of International Studies (teach-out) or enrolment in a relevant coursework Masters program



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Semester 1: Ara Keys Kate McGregor

Semester2: Charles Schencking

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. Events and developments covered might include the Cold War, wars in the Middle East and the rise of the Third World, along with issues such as human rights, environmental problems, or the rise of transnational corporations.


Students who complete this subject will

  • 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 "learn" from the past.
  • Develop their skills in analysing and understanding problems and issues in international relations.

A 2500-word research essay (due mid-semester) 40% and a 2500-word essay (due end of semester) 50%, and seminar participation 10%.

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to pass this subject. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 2% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Subject readings will be available on line

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject will

  • Develop their abilities in critical thinking and analysis.
  • Extend their oral communication skills.
  • Refine their skills in crafting persuasive written arguments based on evidence.

This subject is a compulsory component of the 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)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations

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