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INGS2604: Global Superpowers

This unit of study examines the ideas and ideological assumptions that have shaped and account for the rise and demise of great powers in global politics over the last two centuries. Focusing either on the United States, Russia or China, it explores how the leading politicians and policymakers in those countries have thought about the relationship between economic heft and strategic weight, power and its projection, and the dilemma of under-extension and over-investment. The unit gives special attention to the historical and socio-cultural forces shaping the beliefs great powers, and especially the ongoing power of national mythologies in shaping contemporary policies.

Code INGS2604
Academic unit History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in International and Global Studies or History

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. A solid understanding of America’s role in world affairs from the revolution to the present
  • LO2. A solid understanding of the central traditions in which American historians have written about and interpreted America’s role in the world
  • LO3. Demonstrated capacity to understand terms such as nationalism, realism and liberal internationalism
  • LO4. Demonstrated capacity to write about American foreign policy from a historical perspective

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.