History and Politics in the Contemporary World

Learning outcomes:
History and Politics are indispensable tools for journalism practice, especially at a time when the discussion of national and international order principles and the role of man in history gain increasing importance.
Accordingly, this course seeks to provide journalism students sufficient knowledge to build a critical analysis of the political systems and international relations evolution in the contemporary world, by giving history a place within the assessment and knowledge of present society.
At the end the student should be able to: (a) identify the major cycles and moments of contemporary political history; (b) analyse the evolution of international relations in the twentieth century; (c) characterize and analyse the political systems in a historical perspective; (d) analyse and understand the constitution of the European Community; (e) understand the impact of the breakdown of the Soviet Union in world politics; (f) consider and discuss matters of contemporary history considering its complexity and correlation.

• To improve students’ critical reasoning and analytical skills;
• To improve students’ ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing:
• To improve students’ intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research;
• To improve students’ appreciation of the distinct factors that influence the activities of groups and individuals in society.


Maria Inácia Rezola