International Relations

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online unit in International Relations examines the changing landscape of international relations from the Cold War up until the present day and does so largely through the prism of American-Soviet rivalry.

As an online unit offered by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, the unit’s broad reach sees it covering everything from the emergence of the Cold War and the conflict of the 1950s and ‘60s through to the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. The unit encourages you to reflect upon the forces and tensions that led to the Cold War, and the domino effect this has had on more recent events such as the Gulf War, and ongoing conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By posing broad questions such as, ‘Why did the Cold War end and how has this impacted US international relations?’, and by examining the policies of various US presidents from the Bush administration through to the Obama administration, the unit enables students to dissect how political decisions made by the US today are historically linked to and rooted in the Cold War.

Eligibility

Applicants are recommended to have studied the following unit or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Introduction to Global Politics

Areas of study

In this politics unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • Origins of the Cold War: from Europe to the Third World
  • Superpower relations and the Third World (1950s)
  • Superpower relations and the Third World (1960s)
  • Rise and challenge of superpower detente (1969-1974)
  • Unravelling of superpower detente: Angola and the Horn of Africa (1974-1978)
  • Demise of superpower detente: Afghanistan (1979-1980)
  • American and Soviet policy toward the Third World (1980s)
  • Post-Cold War American policy toward the Third World: Bush I doctrine, first Gulf War, Cuba
  • Post-Cold War American policy toward the Third World: Clinton doctrine, Cuba
  • Post-Cold War American policy toward the Third World: Bush II doctrine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba
  • Post-Cold War American policy: Obama doctrine?
  • Conclusion

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

If you are looking to pursue a career in international relations, diplomacy, politics or global security, you'll find this unit highly beneficial as it establishes the circumstances that have shaped the world we live in today.

The unit will develop your awareness of the changing political landscape since the Cold War, and will enable you to critically scrutinise US international policies, particularly with relation to conflict in the Middle East and Africa. By improving your written skills and attaining a deeper understanding of key international events since the Cold War, you’ll be form your opinions and judgements about a variety of global political issues.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in International Relations from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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