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PO980 - United States Foreign Policy

  • Module code: PO980
  • Module name: United States Foreign Policy
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module offers a comprehensive analysis of the foreign policy of the United States of America. The module aims are: To introduce the main theoretical and conceptual debates relevant to a detailed analysis of the place of the United States within contemporary international relations and in particular foreign policy analysis;To develop understanding and interpretation of the institutions and processes of foreign and defence policy-making within the United States; To facilitate analysis of the individual, governmental, societal and external sources of US foreign and defence policy; To offer opportunities for understanding and explaining of the United States’ place within the international system and its relationship with other states and non-state actors; To offer informed discussion of several contemporary issues and challenges facing the United States in its foreign relations; To develop students’ skills in the effective collection and interpretation of information from diverse sources;To develop students’ abilities to argue cogently, concisely and critically; To develop students’ skills in the effective collection and interpretation of information from diverse sources; To develop students’ abilities to argue cogently, concisely and critically.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the student should be able to Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the theoretical and conceptual debates germane to an understanding of the role of the US in the international system; Evaluate critically the characteristics of and issues raised by key facets of US foreign and defense policy making and their consequences; Demonstrate an ability to locate the study of the US in the international system within broader debates within the disciplines of International Relations and/or Foreign Policy Analysis; To develop students’ skills in the effective collection and interpretation of information from diverse sources; To develop students’ abilities to argue cogently, concisely and critically.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 x 2 hour seminar per week in Term 1

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studymasters/pgmodules/po980

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: PO980-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M9PW) - Year 2
Optional
  • Postgraduate Taught Politics (M1P0) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Political Economy (M1P3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Politics and East Asia (M1P8) - Year 2
  • MA in International Politics and Europe (M1PA) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91F) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92B) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92C) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92D) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92E) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92G) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92H) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92K) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93H) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Relations (M9P9) - Year 2
  • MA in Globalisation and Development (M9PB) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Security (M9PC) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Public Policy (M9PF) - Year 2
  • MA in International Development (M9PT) - Year 2
  • MA in Research in Politics and International Studies (M9PU) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M9PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M9PX) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Politics and International Studies: Big Data and Quantitative Methods (M9PY) - Year 2