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CHANG SCHOOL CHIS 590: Modern International Relations Spring/Summer 2020 Instructor Information Instructor Name: Evgeny Efremkin Office Location: Zoom/Google Hangouts Office Hours: By Appointment Phone: (416) 908 – 3899 – By Appointment Email Address: [email protected] Email Policy Students are expected to monitor and retrieve messages and information issued to them on a frequent basis. All official or formal electronic communications from students must be sent from their official Ryerson Email account. Emails from other addresses may not be responded to. Course Description What forces created the world of today? At a time when the world is rapidly changing and becoming increasingly interdependent, it is extremely important to understand the international environment in which our nations and cultures exist. Since it is impossible to understand the world of today without understanding the past, we will look at major factors that have shaped the world since the end of the Second World War in 1945. The central focus is the history of relations between the Soviet Union (Russia) and the United States and China from 1945 until approximately 9/11. The focus is primarily on the Cold War: its origins, its evolution, and its effects on the international order. The course examines events and issues like, postwar reconstruction, the different fates of Eastern and Western Europe, war and revolution in Asia, conflict in the Middle East, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the anti-colonial wars of liberation and the rise of global terrorism, among others. Within this framework we will also study numerous personalities such as Josef Stalin, John Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, and others. The course finishes with the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the world that has emerged in the early 2000s. We will also discuss international relations today, considering numerous contemporary crises including the so-called “war on terror”, the rise of radical Islam, and a revisionist Russia. This course is offered by the Department of History, Ryerson University Page 1 of 9
Course Overview Teaching Methods The course will be delivered online. Lectures will be delivered through narrated PowerPoint slides. Students will also be responsible for submitting blogs after every lecture and keeping up with the assigned readings. In terms of assignments, there will be 2 online (open book) tests, 1 major essay + annotated bibliography assignment (details below). Course Materials John Baylis, Steve Smith & Patricia Owens (2019), The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations, 8th Edition . Oxford University Press. The text is readily available online - Selected Online Readings & Documentaries – links and info is on D2L – under Additional Readings and Documentaries Heading Topics and Course Schedule Week Date Activity Readings Class 1 May 5 Introduction/Theory/Historiography/

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