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Module

POL1046 : Order and Disorder: The Shaping of the 21st Century

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley
  • Lecturer: Dr Michael Barr, Dr Simon Philpott
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To introduce students to key political ideas, movements, and events which have contributed to the shaping of the 21st century
•       To introduce debates over the differing interpretations of political history
•       To deepen and broaden students’ awareness of historical context
•       To equip students with factual and conceptual knowledge which will promote their ongoing study of contemporary politics

Outline Of Syllabus

Will the 21st century witness a ‘clash of civilizations’? Or is history leading towards ever increasing forms of liberal democracy? Structured around the concepts of order and disorder in the international system, this module introduces students to key ideas and events of 20th century history. It focuses on those events which have led to the most dramatic changes in politics at the national and international levels and which have helped to shape the 21st century. Topics include but are not limited to: the rise of fall of great powers, colonialism, the two World Wars, the Cold War, economic crises and the politics of protest. By covering these key areas, the module provides a solid foundation for future studies in Politics and reinforces an element of progression in the programme. The module goes beyond merely discussing history by focusing on the relevance of historical events and their interpretations for contemporary politics. By presenting the material in an engaging fashion, the module seeks to enhance student motivation and encourage them to expand their knowledge of historical context through independent study.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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