HST301 International History from 1945 (8)

This subject examines the history of international relations from 1945. It concentrates on the origins, development and resolution of the Cold War in Europe and Asia and subsequent developments in global politics. Topics include the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Cuban missile crisis, the external relations of China, and the post-September 2001 'war on terror'. The subject also introduces the principal traditions and theories of international relations and approaches to writing international history.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed HST-3023, HST302, or POL212.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of major developments in international history from 1945
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the main interpretations of international history from 1945
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts in the theory of international relations
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to assess and interpret evidence drawn from a range of sources
  • be able to demonstrate enhanced skills of expression


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Theory of international relations - Historiography of post-1945 international history - The origins of the Cold War - The Korean War and cold war in Asia - The Cuban missile crisis - The Vietnam War - Detente and its aftermath - The end of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet empire - The 'new world order' of the 1990s - China and the world - The post-September 2001 'war on terror'

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HST301 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research essay
Short essays

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.