• Class Number 7275
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Nicholas Brown
    • Dr Filip Slaveski
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

The Cold War was a political, ideological, military and cultural conflict between the USA, the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China.  Yet it also involved proxy wars and crises throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as a massive arms race, a great power rivalry that deeply affected domestic populations, complex diplomacy, and the eventual collapse of a great empire. This course combines historical and International Relations methods and theories to explore the onset, conduct and outcomes of the Cold War. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the history of the Cold War;
  2. Analyse the role of key theories in IR in influencing the decisions made and policies adopted during the Cold War period;
  3. Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills;
  4. Critically reflect on literature and arguments developed in key historical and theoretical materials; and,
  5. Understand and demonstrate the significance of the Cold War for today's world.

Research-Led Teaching

This course will draw directly on the current research of the two lecturers; Professor Nicholas Brown and Dr Filip Slaveski, and on the expertise of guest lecturers. The assessment components of the course are directed to encouraging students to refine their own research skills and their awareness of current debates over the significance of the Cold War in scholarly work, public memory and memorialisation, and political commentary.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 The Cold War is Not Over! 2022 back to 1945
2 Origins of the Conflict and Combatants, 1945: the USSR and the US in Europe and Asia
3 Crises and Proxy Wars: Berlin, Czechoslovakia and Korea
4 Crises and Proxy Wars: Central America and Cuba
5 Negotiating the Cold War: Africa, Aid and Development Research essay rationale
6 Crises and Proxy Wars: Vietnam
7 The Cold War at Home: Australia
8 Cold War cultures in the USSR and US
9 Détente and the Second Cold War
10 Collapse of the USSR: the Russian perspective
11 1990 - 2014: Post-Cold War? Or Progression? Research essay
12 The Cold War after thirty years: Have we come full circle?

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage .

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Research Essay Rationale 20 % 22/08/2022 12/09/2022 2, 3, 4
Research Essay 40 % 21/10/2022 07/11/2022 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Examination 30 % * * 1, 2, 4, 5
Tutorial Participation 10 % * * 1, 2 , 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 12/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Research Essay Rationale

A 1500 word proposal the purpose of which is to assist you in the preparation of your Research Essay, and to provide an opportunity for your tutor to offer guidance on your topic, research, methodology, awareness of relevant debates and interpretations, and contribution to significant themes in the history of the Cold War.


1. What is your central question and in what ways2. What will be the research base for your essay,3. What interpretations or debates will you engage4. What do you anticipate will be the main contrib

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 21/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 07/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research Essay

A 3000 word essay on a topic either selected from a list included in the course guide, or developed by students in consultation with their tutor. This essay will build on advice provided in the assessment of Task I, demonstrate independent research engagement with the topic, and expanded reflection on on questions of research methodology, awareness of relevant debates and interpretations, and contribution to significant themes in the history of the Cold War.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5

Final Examination

This will be a take-home, essay-based exam, to be held over 72 hours in a period allocated by the ANU Examination timetable. The exam format will be discussed in the lectures and tutorials during the final weeks of the course.  

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 , 4, 5

Tutorial Participation

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Nicholas Brown

Research Interests

Twentieth century Australian and international history: political, cultural, environmental and biographical perspectives

Dr Nicholas Brown

Wednesday 10:00 12:00
By Appointment
Dr Filip Slaveski

Research Interests

Dr Filip Slaveski

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