International History

Subject HIST90024 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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: 24 hours - 12 x 1 hour lectures and 12 x 1 hour seminars
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:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Barbara Keys, Dr Julie Fedor


Semester 1:

Dr Julie Fedor


Semester 2:

Associate Professor Barbara Keys


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 should be able to:

  • 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; and
  • Develop their skills in analysing and understanding problems and issues in international relations.
  • Three quizzes across the semester (15%)
  • Simulation participation during the teaching period (10%)
  • A 2350 word research essay due mid-semester (35%)
  • A 2350 word research essay due in the examination period (40%)

Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order 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 should be able to:

  • Develop their abilities in critical thinking and analysis;
  • Extend their oral communication skills; and
  • Refine their skills in crafting persuasive written arguments based on evidence.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of International Relations
200 Point Master of International Relations

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