Cold Wars: old and new
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HWH55
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course juxtaposes the old Cold War with the new. We will explore what the 'old' Cold War was, and what the 'new' Cold War is. The course will explore meanings around the Cold Wars, and investigate how we can understand them. In so doing we we will look into proxy wars, key powers, and our contemporary world.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• What was the Cold War? Definitions, actors, and how did it arise?
• How did the challenges, concepts and ideas evolve during the Cold War?
• Proxy wars – what were they? Where did they take place? Their role and influence?
• Why did it end and what happened next?
• What is the New Cold War? Definitions, actors, and why?
• How has the notion of power changed – hard, soft, smart and sharp?
• What new concepts can we use to understand the situation?
• Where are the new proxy wars?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Define the Cold War, identify the actors and explain the context around it
• Describe, and understand the different challenges, concepts and ideas
• Locate and understand the different proxy war, and explain why they were used
• Understand the factors that ended the Cold War and describe what happened next
• Define the New Cold War, identify the actors and explain the context around it
• Outline the different notions of power
• Draw on new concepts to explore the current situation.
• Explore and describe the new proxy wars.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each class is broken down into bite sized explorations of key topics, introduced by the tutor and followed by class discussion; in addition, the tutor introduces the session and sums up at the end to make sure you fully understand the important points. You will be provided with an introductory reading list, but this is designed to enhance your study and, while we encourage you to read up each week, you can follow, enjoy, and contribute to the discussion without doing so.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook to class if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check out our range of History and Politics courses for more topics that you will find interesting.
Francesca is a Teaching Fellow at King's College, London. She completed her PhD on Trust and Revolution, having earned an MA in International Relations. Her book -- Trust, Politics, and Revolution: a European History -- was published by IB Tauris in 2019.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.