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International Relations: 1945 to Present Value 1.0


Duplicated content means that this unit may not be studied in addition to The Cold War, 1.0 and/or Superpower conflict, 0.5.

Prerequisites

Nil


Specific Unit Goals

This unit should enable students to:



A Course

T Course

  • demonstrate investigation and interpretation skills necessary to solve problems of evidence and achieve independence in researching

  • communicate a logically developed and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • communicate a logically developed, articulate and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

  • demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of significant individuals, social groups, places, events and technologies of related to international relations

  • investigate and understand the nature of the post World War II peace settlements and the origins of superpower rivalry

  • demonstrate understanding of the historical circumstances which gave rise to the Cold War in Asia

  • demonstrate understanding of the historical circumstances which gave rise to the Cold War in Asia

  • demonstrate and understanding of the circumstances which led to the termination of superpower hostilities and the ending of the Cold War

  • demonstrate awareness of the various historical explanations and viewpoints as expressed by historians of international relations in the post World War II era

  • examine and interpret the various historical explanations and viewpoints as expressed by historians of international relations in the post World War II era

Content

A study of this unit should include at least two of the following content areas. There is scope for some areas to be treated in more depth than others. Topics for study will be guided by teacher expertise and student interest.

The Legacy of World War II

International relations

Emerging nations

UN

The Origins of the Cold War



Significant factors of the 1920s/1930s and World War II

Yalta and Potsdam Conferences

Development of the Cold War

Decline in US/Soviet relations in the post-war era

“Iron Curtain” speech

Berlin Airlift and consolidation of Eastern Europe

Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan

NATO and Warsaw Pact

Emergence of Bipolarity

Eisenhower and Brinkmanship

Khrushchev and peaceful coexistence

Arms Race

Cuban Missile Crisis

MAD


The Cold War in Europe

Hungary


Eastern Europe

Czechoslovakia

Berlin

Poland


The Cold War in Asia

Communist Victory in China

Korean War

The Suez Crisis

Indo-Chinese Conflict (French and American involvement)

Containment and Domino Theory

Cambodia

Afghanistan

Iran

Attempts at Peace



Sino-Soviet split

East-West relations

Arms control – Geneva Conference, Test Ban Treaty, Non-Proliferation Treaty, SALT and START

Détente and Linkage

Cold War in the Americas

Chile, Panama and Nicaragua

Cuba

The End of the Cold War



Reagan

Gorbachev

Glasnost/Perestroika

1989 and Fall of the Berlin Wall

Collapse of the Soviet Union

Tiananmen Square

Impacts and outcomes

Post-Cold War International Relations

Globalisation

Postmodernism

Fundamentalism and Terrorism

September 11, 2001

War on Terror

Afghanistan and Iraq

Emerging issues (North Korea and Iran)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Refer to page 30.

Assessment Task Types

Refer to page 32.



Student Capabilities




Evidence could be in:

Student Capabilities

Goals

Content

Teaching and Learning

Assessment

creative and critical thinkers










enterprising problem-solvers










skilled and empathetic communicators










informed and ethical decision-makers











environmentally and culturally aware citizens










confident and capable users of technologies










independent and self-managing learners











collaborative team members












Resources

Refer to pages 41-79 for resource.


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