- To provide the students with the analytical tools to understand both cause and effect when it comes to investigating the prolonged nature of the Cold War division of Europe.
- To examine the peaks and troughs of the post-war period and be better informed about the exercise of power and why some individuals succeeded in their quest and others failed
- To appreciate the fact that recklessness or personal commitment to a cause can inflict such a toll in human misery
- To recognize the remarkable heroism and fortitude of ordinary people and why ‘people power’ can be so effective
- Students will have been introduced to both sides of the Cold War equation and be in a much better position to appreciate the complexity of the problem that confronted Europe in these years
- They will have acquired a breadth of knowledge in late modern history and international relations that will assist them when it comes to tackling other contemporary European modules @ KCL and in graduate work either here or elsewhere
- They will have improved their analytical precision by critically examining both primary and secondary material drawn from a wide range of sources
- They will have been expected to improve their oral and forensic skills by being required to debate even the most loaded motions in the face of considerable opposition
- They will learn that a ‘black swan’ event is not as rare or as transformative as its considered to be
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Professor Malcolm Murfett*
Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 30-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 260 hours of self study.
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