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Superpower Conflict Value 0.5


This is the underlying 0.5 unit to The Cold War 1.0
Duplicated content means that this unit may not be studied in addition to: War in the Modern World, 1.0, War and Resolution in the 20th Century , 0.5 and/or International Relations 1945 to Present, 1.0.

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, articulate and focussed argument to convey historical positions or ideas

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

  • 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

  • recognize the circumstances which led to the first period of Détente

  • demonstrate and understanding of the circumstances which led to the first period of Détente

  • 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 a selection of the following topics. 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 Origins of the Cold War

The ideological and political roots of the Cold War

Relations between the USSR and the West prior to World War II

The Strained Wartime Alliance

The Wartime Conferences

The emergence of the new superpowers

Soviet Security vs. Soviet Expansion (Eastern Europe)

Historiography of the Cold War

The Beginning of the Cold War

Declining East-West Relations after 1945

The Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan

The Berlin Airlift

The emergence of alliances and bipolarity

The Korean War

The ‘Thaw’

The impact of Khrushchev and Peaceful Coexistence

Sputnik and the evolving Arms Race

Foreign policy under Eisenhower

The 1960s

The impact of the Kennedy administration

The Berlin Wall

The Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Czechoslovakia and the Brezhnev Doctrine

The Vietnam War

The impact of the Arms Race on Foreign Relations (MAD, NUTS)

Détente and Beyond

The emergence of Détente and Arms Limitation Talks

Sino-Soviet Relations

Kissinger and Linkage

Proxy Wars of the 1970s

The Invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the Second Cold War

The foreign policy and impact of Ronald Reagan

The End of the Cold War

Developments in Eastern Europe – Solidarity in Poland

The rise and impact of Mikhail Gorbachev on foreign relations

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe

The Collapse of the Soviet Union

The legacies of the Cold War



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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