CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL HISTORY - 2017/8

Module code: POL1019

Module provider

Politics

Module Leader

MACE W Mr (Politics)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 4

JACs code

V271

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 2000 WORDS 40
Coursework ESSAY 2000 WORDS 60

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

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.

Module aims

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.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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

 

Assessment Strategy

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

Reading list for CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL HISTORY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol1019

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Politics BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

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.