Module Identifier IP10510  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Mick Cox  
Semester Semester 1  
Mutually Exclusive GW10510  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours (20 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours (5 x 1 hour)  
Assessment Essay   1 x 1,500 word essay.   30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  

Aims of the module

The aim of this module is to trace the evolution of the world system between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and the Vietnam War in 1968.


At the end of this module you should be able to:

- explain the rise of the USA and USSR to international pre-eminence.
- understand the different theories of the post-war international system.
- compare and contrast the impact of the Cold War in Western Europe and Asia.
- explain the rise of the Third World.
- discuss the origins and consequences of the arms race.
- understand the political economy of the Cold War.
- describe the main changes in international communism after 1953.
- explain the origins and outcome of the United States intervention in Vietnam.
- evaluate the main changes in the structure of the world order between the end of World War 2 and the Vietnam War.

Reading Lists

TE Vadney. The World Since 1945, 2nd ed (1992).
S Ambrose. Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy since 1938, 6th ed (1991).
M Walker. The Cold War.
W Lacqueur. Europe in Our Time.
PMH Bell. The World Since 1945.