CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL HISTORY - 2017/8
Module code: POL1019
MACE W Mr (Politics)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY 2000 WORDS||40%|
|Coursework||ESSAY 2000 WORDS||60%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The 20th Century was full of contradiction: devastating world wars, intra-state conflict, revolution and economic disaster were met with recognition of the right of peoples to determine their own future, of an international human rights agenda, of unprecedented systemic institution-building in order to promote and perpetuate peace and economic growth that extended far beyond the “first world”. This module will review the main events and processes of the 20th Century in order to identify and understand the circumstances under which such major change came about. Students will therefore be required to acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of international history and actors in the twentieth century. Beyond this, students will develop and apply knowledge of International Relations theorising acquired in other modules, including the historiography of IR theorising, in order to be able to identify and understand the dominant theoretical thinking of a particular time.
To introduce students to major political, economic, social and cultural processes and events (national as well as international) which have shaped international relations since the end of the nineteenth century
To provide a historical complement to relevant parts of modules POL1012 Introduction to Politics and POL1013, Introduction to International Relations.
To introduce students to modes of explanation, interpretation and analysis proper to the study of history.
|Demonstrate a coherent grasp of the sequence of major international events and their influence on the evolution of global governance since the 19th century.|
|Understand the dynamics of actors, institutions and processes at national and international levels in shaping international organisations.|
|Describe and analyse a range of contemporary historical phenomena including different interpretations of causes, effects and significations offered by historians and/or political actors.|
|Demonstrate the ability to apply theory in such a way as to help develop a critical analysis of key historical events.|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes the following:
History and historiography in the twentieth century: an overview; Empires and revolutions; World Wars and the Inter-war Years; The role of ideology; Institution-building; The Cold War; Rapprochement and détente; The fall of the Berlin Wall; The New World Order
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Encourage work both independent and group work
Facilitate critical thinking
Enhance analytical skills
The learning and teaching methods include:
11x1 hour lectures, 11x1 hour seminars, prescribed reading , group discussions, debates
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of a key theoretical approach or empirical topic regarding politics and identities.
Critically engage with the subject matter
Present and develop a clear argument, within a very tight word count.
Analyse a topic (rather than merely describe it).
Critically evaluate an approach or competing approaches.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
x1 2000 word essay (40%)
x1 2000 word essay (60%)
Formative assessment and feedback
Feedback is provided in lectures and seminars where appropariate. Feedback and consultation hours are also held on a weekly basis for students to discuss this further.
Reading list for CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL HISTORY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol1019
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.