The Changing World Order 1945-2011 – Online Course

The Changing World Order 1945-2011 – Online Course2020-12-16T14:50:55+11:00

The Changing World Order 1945-2011

Online Course

4 x two hour weekly modules – 8 Hours in Total 

$420 per person + GST

As part of your online enrolment, you will receive a FREE COPY of The World Order by Brad Kelly.

      Structure of the course: 

  • Delivered over 4 weeks with a 2 hour module released each Monday morning.
  • Includes one 1 hour zoom session with your tutor.
  • Participants receive lecture notes, audio materials and activities to complete and send back.
  • Complimentary copy of the textbook The World Order 1945-2011by Brad Kelly.


Module 1: The Role of the United States in the World

Participants will gain an overview of the role of the United States in the post-World War II world. They will look at the emergence of the ‘American Century’ from 1941 and how Superpower rivalry and the Cold War shaped the second half of the 20thCentury. The overview will also identify the supporters and opponents of American foreign policy in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and look at the post-Cold War triumphalism of the ‘End of History’ and American unilateralism after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Module 2: Russia and Europe  

The post-Cold War world saw the breakup of the former communist Soviet Union and the re-emergence of Russia as a regional power. Participants will gain an overview of the transition from Gorbachev through Yeltsin to Putin. They will gain an understanding of the nature of the economic, political and military role of Russia under Putin and the rise of the oligarchs. At the same time, the European Union faced serious threats to its future in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. After decades of closer regional integration, economic chaos in the so-called PIIGS economies led to a rise in nationalist forces in Greece and Italy.

Module 3: New Centres of Power  

Participants will gain an overview of the new centres of power that emerged after the Cold War ended in 1991. The emergence of China as a powerful economic and military force on the world stage left many commentators asking if it would challenge the United States for the mantle of the world’s number one economy. The BRIC countries also wanted greater say in global institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations Security Council. A new breed of non-state actors also emerged to challenge the traditional nation state – from technology companies such as Facebook and terror groups such as Al-Qaeda who brought terror to the world after 2001.

 Module 4: The Role of the United Nations after 1991 

With the Cold War over, the United Nations was able to finally fulfil its promise of maintaining peace and security in the world. But balancing the rights of sovereign nation states and achieving international cooperation proved difficult during the 1990s. The failure of the UN missions in the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and Rwanda in 1994 forced countries to reassess the role of and their commitment to the United Nations. After the September 2001 terror attacks, the United States began to act increasingly unilaterally in the world.

 About the Presenter:

Brad Kelly(BA, Grad Dip. Ed, MEd Leadership) is an author and writing coach based at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea College in Wollongong. He has 15 years of experience in the classroom and in curriculum leadership. He is fascinated by how teachers teach writing and how students learn to write. Brad spends his days observing, discussing and trying to understand insights into developing student writing. He has authored five modern history textbooks with Cengage Nelson including The Cold War 1945-1991 (2018), The World Order 1991-2011 (2018), Investigating Modern History (2018) and more. He has been a presenter at HTA NSW, TTA professional learning and consults schools on improving writing instruction. Brad is a tour leader with Academy Travel, and leads the Modern History teacher development tour to Germany and Russia.

 About The Changing World Order 1945-2011

 The world entered the 1990s on a note of optimism. Seventy years of Soviet communism had collapsed. The United States emerged as the world’s sole superpower. Chinese reforms began to open it up to the rest of the world. Europe drifted towards greater integration and cooperation. And the United Nations, released from the shackles of the Cold War, finally seemed able to fulfil its Charter of promoting international peace and security.

But the end of the Cold War had lifted the lid on darker forces. Dormant nationalist and ethnic tensions in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda reintroduced genocide and ethnic cleansing into the political lexicon. Post-Soviet reforms resulted in the rise of an oligarchy in Russia instead of evenly re-distributing former state assets. Peace was stubbornly difficult to achieve in the Middle East. Hopes for an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict ended in the assassination of Yitzak Rabin and the second intifada. The American military presence in Saudi Arabia after the Persian Gulf War provided the pretext for a succession of terror attacks which culminated on the events of September 11, 2001.

The collapse of the World Trade Center twin towers led the United States to adopt a militaristic and unilateral foreign policy, which arguably eroded American moral authority in the world. The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed serious weaknesses in American and European economies, and it seemed central bankers had few solutions to the crisis. At the same time, Russia and China were asserting their power in their respective regions.

By 2011, Fukuyama’s earlier prediction of the ‘end of history’ ushering in a triumphant liberal democratic world had given way to a declining America, a rising China, an extreme militant Islam, and a financial crisis that threatened the future of the European Union. The world order was indeed changing.


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