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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title The Cold War in Context
Module Code HY350
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Neville Scarlet
Semester 2: Neville Scarlet
Autumn: Neville Scarlet
Module TeachersNeville Scarlet
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The module begins by surveying the origins of the Cold War and ends with the dissolution of the USSR. The major topics discussed include crises in Berlin, the Korean and Vietnam wars, the Cuban Crisis and the New Cold War.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of the Cold War
2. Understand the ideological confrontation between east and west
3. Demonstrate an understanding of international relations during the Cold War
4. Identify some of the key political and cultural developments of the Cold War

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20No Description
Assessment Feedback40No Description
Assignment Completion65No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The Origins of the Cold War

Superpower confrontation across the globe

Cultural developments during the Cold War

The Ending of the Cold War

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayA 2,000 word essay on a topic of the Cold War50%n/a
EssayA 2,000 word essay on the Cold War50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • PMH Bell and Mark Gilbert: 2017, The World Since 1945, 2nd,
  • Ian Kershaw: 2018, Roller-Coaster Europe 1950-2017,
  • John Lewis Gaddis: 2007, The Cold War,
  • Martin McCauley: 2008, Russia, America and the Cold War,
  • Robert Service: 2015, The End of the Cold War,
Other Resources

63982, website, 0, European dcouments, https://alphahistory.com/coldwar/cold-war-documents, 63983, website, 0, European Documents, https://eudocs.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page,
Programme or List of Programmes
BRHBachelor of Religious Education &History

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