HP-S4-HI 2010 Topics

General Objectives for Year 4 :HP History Course
Content:
1. To understand the dynamics of geopolitics in terms of conflicts among countries, conflict resolution and defence
policies
2. To analyse international relations between major powers and global hotspots in the twenty-first century.
3. To analyse the emerging trends of the twenty-first century, paying special attention to terrorism, poverty and emergence
of Modern China.

Skills:
1. To distinguish and assess different approaches to, and interpretations of, and opinions about the past
2. To present clear, logical and well-substantiated arguments
3. To critique historical sources analytically and make informed judgement of issues.

Topics


1: Causes of global conflicts and tensions: A Macro Study
- A brief survey of the world since the Cold War: New Order & Old Chaos

2a: Causes of Arab-Israeli Conflict in the Middle-east
2b: Reconciliation ofArab-Israeli Conflict in the Middle-east- Myth or reality?


3: Domestic tensions and conflicts in Indonesia: A Historical Analysis

4a: An appraisal of ASEAN in South-east Asian politics
- Reasons for the formation of Asean
- Success & failure of ASEAN
- Reasons for limited success

4b: The role of the United Nations in global affairs: Achievements & limitations

Contemporary India
6.
Indo-Pakistani relations in South Asian Indian-Sub-continent
a: The partition of India in 1947 into India and Pakistan: Causes -
Armed conflicts (eg 1947,65,71), nuclear arms race, the Kashmiri Issue and the role of leaders
b: Causes of strained Indo-Pakistani tensions & conflicts (1947-2000)
c: Resolving the Indo-Pakistani conflict: Grounds for Optimism or Pessimism?

Contemporary China
7: China’s Foreign Relations (1945- 2000)
a: Sino-Japanese relations : 1945-2005
b: The Cold War legacies: The Cross-straits tensions between Mainland China & Taiwan* - Causes & implications
c: Sino-American relations after World War II - The Cold War, Korean War, détente, nuclear arms race, Taiwan, Human Rights Issue and WTO


8: Factors contributing to the rise of modern China after 1978
- Challenges faced by Mainland China :- China under Deng Xiao Ping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jin Tao: Problems faced; policies
- Reasons for economic success

9: Causes & implications of poverty in Africa


10: Causes & implications of global terrorism
Analysis with reference to Al-Qaeda Movement, Jemaah Islamiah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad