Guías Académicas




Curso 2022/2023

1. Subject Information

(Date last modified: 23-05-22 11:44)
First semester
Hª Medieval, Moderna y Contemporánea
Virtual platform

Campus Virtual de la Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Information

Raúl Moreno Almendral
Fac. Geografía e Historia
Facultad de Geografía e Historia, primera planta
Office hours
To be disclosed at the beginning of the course
Web addressÁlvaroParís
923 29 45 00 Ext. 1455

2. Association of the subject matter within the study plan

Curricular area to which the subject matter pertains.

Basic modules. History (“materia”: International Relations and International Law”).

Purpose of the subject within the curricular area and study plan.

-Provides minimal background the other modules.

-Offers the student a different point view from the Political Science, Law, Sociology and Economics ones, which are dominant in the degree.

Professional profile.

Diplomats, international consultants, and the other careers pointed out in the degree report.

3. Prerequisites

Students with a solid History background will be better equipped for this module. No previous International Relations knowledge is required.

4. Learning objectives

At the end of the semester, the student is expected to have:

-A basic but solid knowledge of the History of International Relations.

-The ability to understand the importance of History for grasping current global affairs and the foundational role it has in the education of Global Studies professionals.

-Appreciating that human phenomena happen over time and thus they are shot through an inherent historicity which underlies every social science problem.

-The ability to locate the evolution of International Relations within a context of general Modern and Contemporary History and History of Globalization.

5. Contents


The module intends to offer an introduction to the history of international relations tailored to the interests of Global Studies students. Thus, contents will be organised mainly along chronological lines for the sake of clarity and more attention will be devoted to the last centuries. Given the inexistence of a general History module in the course structure or any specific History requirement, the module will also try to make up for this with some nutshell foundations of World History.

The main contents will be developed in lectures, although students will also have some compulsory materials that will complement the lectures and will be discussed in due time.

Module content units:

0. Introduction. Basic concepts.

1. World History essentials: contextualising the evolution of international politics.

2. The origins of the modern international system, 15th-18th centuries.

3. Expansion and restraint: the long 19th century.

4. The system broken: the 1914-1945 world crisis.

5. The system revamped: the Cold War era, 1945-1991.

6. A new world (dis)order?: international relations since the 1990s.

7. Beyond the history of war and peace: diplomacy, internationalism and governance.


Practice classes will consist in seminars where we will analyse historical sources related to the module’s contents. Students are expected to have read and reflected on seminar materials beforehand, and actively participate in the discussion.

6. Competences acquired

Basic / General.

CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CG1


CE2, CE3, CE4, CE5, CE6, CE13, CE17, CE18, CE19, CE20

7. Teaching methods

Lectures and discussion classes.

Practice classes (seminars).



8. Anticipated distribution of the use of the different teaching methods

9. Resources

Reference books.

  • BAYLIS, John et al. (2016) (eds.): The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • BEST, Anthony et al. (2014): International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond. London-New York: Routledge.
  • BUZAN, Barry and George LAWSON (2015): The Global Transformation. History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • CLARK, Christopher (2014): Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914. New York: Harper.
  • GADDIS, John L. (2007): The Cold War. London: Penguin.
  • KISSINGER, Henry (1994): Diplomacy. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • MALCHOW, Howard L. (2015): History and International Relations: From the Ancient World to the 21st Century. London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • MARTEL, Gordon (2007) (ed.): A Companion to International History, 1900-2001. Malden: Blackwell.
  • MAZOWER, Mark (2012): Governing the World: The History of an Idea. London: Penguin.
  • MCNEILL, J. R. and William H. MCNEILL (2003): The Human Web: A Bird’s-Eye View of World History. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • OSTERHAMMEL, Jürgen and Niels P. PETERSSSON (2009): Globalization. A Short History. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • WATSON, Adam (1992): The Evolution of the International Society. A Comparative Historical Analysis. London-New York: Routledge.
  • WESTAD, Odd A. (2018): The Cold War. A World History. London: Penguin.
  • YOUNG, John W. and John KENT (2013): International Relations Since 1945. A Global History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

10. Assessment

General considerations.

Grades will be delivered according to the Spanish system: 0-10; 5 or more = pass

Assessment criteria.

Formal and content issues will be considered. Synthesis and analysis skills will be valued, as well as clarity, concision, correction and effective structure. Students will find more detailed criteria, adjusted to the different assessment instruments, in the module site at Studium.

Assessment tools.

Final examination (70%), covering all the content module.

Practice mark (30%).

Assessment recommendations.

Attend all your contact hours and use the tutorials if necessary.

Use the bibliography; the lectures are intended to explain only the essentials.

Read and study all your compulsory materials. They are as important as the lectures’ contents.

Review all the module units for the final examination.

Guidelines in the case of failing the subject.

Attend the review of marks session.

The standards and requirements for both rounds are the same. The practical assignment test will not be repeated for the second round.

11. Weekly teaching organization