International Relations after 1945
Reference KBPOLI02000006
Taught in Second Year Bachelor of Political Science
Voorbereidingsprogramma tot Master in de politieke wetenschappen, afstudeerrichting: internationale politiek
Voorbereidingsprogramma tot Master in de politieke wetenschappen, afstudeerrichting: internationale politiek
Voorbereidingsprogramma tot Master in de EU-studies
Voorbereidingsprogramma tot Master in de EU-studies
Linking Course Master of Political Science - Main Subject: International Politics
Linking Course Master of EU-Studies
Theory (A) 60.0
Exercises (B) 0.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 180.0
Studypoints (E) 6
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Course included in exam contract
Retake possible? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Hendrik Coolsaet
Department PS03
Key Words

International relations – political history – cold War,

Position of the Course

This course follows chronologically and methodologically the 1 Bachelor course on International Political History of Modern Times. The same methodology will be applied for the subsequent era 1945-1990. The scientific approach will be enhanced thanks to the fact that the era under study is shorter. This will allow for a more thorough analysis of the dynamics behind the Cold War world order.
B.1.2, B.1.3, B.1.7, B.3.1, B.5.1


The era under study is 1945-1990. This represents a world order with the twin characteristics of bipolarity and permanent confrontation (also known as Cold War). Major emphasis will be put on the birth of this world order, followed by the research into the main events and dynamics that shaped this world order. Finally, the collapse of the bipolar world will be studied. Special attention is paid to the East-West relationship, being the cornerstone upon which the post-war world order was based.

Starting Competences

Broad historical knowledge is desirable, including in particular the course ‘International Political History of Modern Times’ (1Bach)

Final Competences

Knowledge of and insight into the evolution of international relations between 1945 and 1990
Understanding of the interaction between economical, political, military and ideological trends in international politics for the period under study.
Defining the relation between domestic and foreign policies of nations
Identifying (semi) constant mechanism in (world) politics

Teaching and Learning Material

Cost: 38.0 EUR
McWILLIAMS, W., PIETROWSKY, H., The world since 1945. A history of international relations. Boulder, Lynne Riener, 2005 (6th edition), 618 pp.
Synthetical powerpoint presentations are put at the disposal of the students. They are part and parcel of the learning material



Study Coaching

Departmental tutoring: Tine Vandervelden

Teaching Methods

(Lecture, Demonstration, Seminar, Integration seminar, Practical, Work placement, Master dissertation, clinic, PBL tutorial, Microteaching, Guided independent study, Independent work, Group work, Project, Online discussion group, Excursion, Fieldwork)
Lectures (Dutch). The students are invited to engage actively

Evaluation Methods

Exam at the end of the semester

Examination Methods

Written exam with open questions (Dutch)

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