Checking date: 09/06/2021

Course: 2024/2025

History of contemporary international relations
Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Humanities Studies (Plan: 414 - Estudio: 282)


Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: History, Geography and Art Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
None specially
The aim of this course is the student to know the configuration and evolution of international society, that is one of the most significant features of World History in the Contemporary Age . The processes of globalization, specific in this present time of history, change the clasic ways of international life. That is for new subjects have enabled: new agents and objects of study. The History of Contemporary International Relations course seeks to introduce students to the special role of international relations in the history of the twentieth century, addressing the mechanisms and organizational processes of contemporary international society, as well as the difficulties that changes in the world sistem have generatedl and uncertainties that nowadays arise.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
This course is composed by three blocks of contents: I. THE SEARCH FOR A COLLECTIVE SECURITY SYSTEM. 1. Since the balance of power to the Congress of Viena 2.The Bismarckian system 3. The panamericanism: twe visions 4. From the Armed Peace and the Great War to the Paris peace 5. The new order after, the Wilsonism, the 1st World War and the Society of Nations 6. The crisis of the security system.The relationship between the potencies before the Second Wolrd War 7. The peace¿s conference during and after the Second World War II. TOWARDS A BIPOLAR WORLD: THE SIMULATE PEACE 8. The UN prepares peace. Since the balance between powers to a shared hegemony. 9. The Cold War. Cooperation within the system of confrontation. 10 . The Splited Europe and the emerging Europe. 11. From descolonozation to indipendence. ¿The Third world¿ and its insertion in a global order 12. From Distension to peaceful Coexistence. Towards a new balance of power in the world III. The break of bipolarity. 13. The twilight of the Cold War. The political effects of the international economic crisis. 14. The Second Cold War. Resistances and uncertainties facing a new world order. 15. The security of Europe. From anonymity to international prominence. 16. Expanding areas: the Pacific, India and China. Tension areas: the Middle East and the Mediterranean Sea.
Learning activities and methodology
The teaching methodology will include : ( 1) Lectures , where knowledge that students should acquire will be presented. To facilitate their development students receive class notes and have basic reference texts that allow them to complete and deepen those issues they are more interested in. ( 2) Discussion drawn from the recent news that the teacher provides. These cases should be related to the current knowledge and especially in relation to the specific capabilities that students should develop . ( 3) Classes in classrooms with multimedia equipment where you learn to analyze audiovisual information search . (4 ) Resolution of exercises by students that will serve to assess their knowledge and acquire the necessary skills .
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • PEREIRA, J.C. (coord). Historia de las Relaciones Internacionales Contemporáneas. ARIEL. 2010

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.