International History

Subject HIST90024 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

The Semester 2 subject is offered as an evening seminar.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture followed by a 1-hour seminar per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Entry into the Master of International Relations or enrolment in a relevant coursework Masters program with the permission of the coordinator.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Barbara Keys, Dr Julie Fedor


Semester 1:
Dr Ara Keys


Dr Julie Fedor

Subject Overview:

This subject surveys events and issues that have shaped international relations since 1648, with emphasis on the period after 1945. The subject will acquaint students with the historical roots of major contemporary issues. 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 changing ideas about human rights and growth of nongovernmental organisations. Students practise historical empathy and negotiation skills by participating in a historical simulation.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

Simulation participation, 10% (in teaching period; participation is mandatory), three quizzes, 5% each (across the semester), a 2350 word research essay, 35% (due mid-semester) and a final 2350 word research essay, 40% (due in examination period)

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. After two weeks, no late assessment will be accepted. 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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations

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