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PL10713: International history 1815-1991

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: ES 50%, EX 50%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit aims to prepare students for the study of international relations through an examination of the history of relations between states and of international conflict in Europe and the wider world in the 19th and 20th centuries. A second aim is to help first-year students improve basic seminar and essay skills.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this unit will have:
* a knowledge of the major developments in world history since the early 19th century, focusing initially on relations amongst European states and between these states and the wider world;
* an understanding of how nation states sought to ensure their security and achieve their objectives in the international arena in this period;
* gained insight into the principal sources of international conflict in this period and of attempts to reduce or prevent it;
* developed important basic skills in academic oral and written communication.

Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.

Lectures and seminars will cover international history 1815-1991, including: European security 1815-1880, Imperialism 1860-1914, the First World War, European security 1919-1939, Global security 1919-1939, the Second World War, the Cold War, the Middle East after 1945, Decolonization in Asia and Africa, the end of the Cold War.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL10713 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc (hons) Politics and International Relations (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 1
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc (hons) Politics and International Relations (Full-time) - Year 1
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc (hons) Politics and International Relations (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.