History: International Relations - Cold War and after - 1945-2016 Part 3

Ref: C2418740

Contradictions abounded in 1989-2016, between hopes of a gentler, peaceful world and fears of terrorism, boosted by media distiortions and bound up with fatalist worldviews - Sources of hope are identified, with a reinvigorated democracy, without denying real dangers to comfort and even continued life on our shared planet

Additional information about this course

Please note this course is running a week later than advertised in the London Brochure The course will run over 21 hours - 10 x 2 plus 1 additional hour the timing of which TBC.

Course aim

To explore the period between 1989-2016 in the light of shared but contested awareness of human rights, yet growth in surveillance and bypassing of the rule of law, in the name of security - zones of conflict, and concern over maintaining relative affluence as oligarchs thrived and numbers in poverty grew worldwide, characterised these decades.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Prospects for reduction of international tensiion,and the attainable goal of disarmament - Bypassing the UN and the rule of law, and effective alternatives - secretiveness, Snowden and accountability - nuclear matters, with insights from Japan - Dismantling top-down power and decision-making, without populism and scaoegiating the vulnerable - why fatalism is self-fulfil get, how positive change is achievablle without waiting fior centuries - catastrophes that can be avoided - Insights from archaeology.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Appreciate proven ways to reduce international tension. 2. Define security, the rule of law, abd media distortion. 3. Consider specific routes to changing world society. 4. Show knowledge of androgenic and 'natural' catastrophes. 5. Identify relatively positive tendencies in context of UK and world futures.

How will I know I'm making progress?

121 and group discussion.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Books and reading of several kinds will be recommended, sometimes lent. Signposting of films, exhibitions and places to visit will feature, whilst this would not be done in class hours.

Reading and information sources

AL Morton, The English Utopia T Vermes, Look Who's Back J Hersey, Nagasaki J Kariuki, Mau Mau Detainee K Passmore, Fascism : À very short introduction

What could the course lead to?

Advice on progression, including activities and further réading, available throughout.

Download full course outline

History: International Relations - Cold War and after - 1945-2016 Part 3 Course Outline


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