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2014/2015  KAN-CMLMV1052U  Europe in the Cold War

English Title
Europe in the Cold War

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 30
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for MA in International Business Communication
Course coordinator
  • Kristian L. Nielsen - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • International Political Economy
  • International Politics
  • Political Science
  • Political leadership, public management and international politics
Last updated on 10-04-2014
Learning objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will:
  • be familiar with the major events and developments during the Cold War;
  • understand the opposing political and economic systems of the two sides;
  • be able to discuss the main theoretical debates relating to the Cold War and its legacy.
Written assignment:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 72 hours to prepare
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period December/January
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
This course considers the Cold War in Europe and its lasting impact on contemporary Europe. In doing so, we will among other things discuss the origins of the Cold War, Europe's positioning in the bipolar international system, the disbandment of the European empires and Europe's relative loss of power during this period. Other topics to be covered include the general political trends in Europe in response to the Cold War, as well as the economic and social developments in both East and West. Lastly, the enduring legacy of the Cold War will be discussed, as well as the (only partially succesful) attempts, through NATO and EU integration, to overcome this legacy.
Teaching methods
The course will consist of teacher’s presentations and active classroom discussions. Students are expected to participate actively in these activities.
Further Information
Changes in course schedule may occur
Monday 12.35-14.15, week 36-41, 43-48
Expected literature
The reading will be based on a selection of material from various sources. 

The final course syllabus will be published in LEARN. 
Last updated on 10-04-2014