International Political Conflict: Cold Wars and Hot Wars from 1945 to the Present
Follow the falling out of two superpowers after World War II. Track the US's activity in Cuba, Afghanistan and Iraq. Hammer out the reasons the Cold War ended. Spy the ways in which the US's post-1990 Russian policies were affected by the Cold War.
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At the completion of this subject:
- students will be conversant with the major events of international relations from the Cold War to the present, especially with regards to the US’s role.
- students will be able to analyse a primary document and explain how various factors (security, ideology, national politics, economics) must be taken into consideration in understanding it.
- students will be able to read specialist scholarly articles on international relations and understand the aim or thesis of the article, and be able to place it in an analytical tradition.
- students will be able to discuss international relations in the context of general trends and forces, military, national political, regional, economic, ideological.
- students will have a basic understanding of trends and forces in US activity in the Middle East.
- Origins of the Cold War: from Europe to the Third World
- Superpower Relations and the Third World [1950s]
- Superpower Relations and the Third World [1960s]
- Rise and Challenge of Superpower Detente [1969-1974]
- Unravelling of Superpower Detente: Angola and the Horn of Africa [1974-1978]
- Demise of Superpower Detente: Afghanistan [1979-1980]
- American and Soviet Policy toward the Third World [1980s]
- Post-Cold War American Policy toward the Third World: Bush I Doctrine, First Gulf War, Cuba
- Post-Cold War American Policy toward the Third World: Clinton Doctrine, Cuba
- Post-Cold War American Policy toward the Third World: Bush II Doctrine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba
- Post-Cold War American Policy: Obama Doctrine?
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Online assignment submission
- Web links
- Resources and Links
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Students should have studied some politics at 100 level prior to undertaking this subject. PLT120/POIX201 offers useful background for this subject.
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Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.