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PO983 - United States Foreign Policy and National Security

  • Module code: PO983
  • Module name: United States Foreign Policy and National Security
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 40

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims are: To introduce the main theoretical approaches 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 and security studies; To develop understanding and interpretation of the actors, institutions and processes of foreign and national security policy-making within the United States; To enable a holistic understanding of US national security through merging insights and concepts from the disciplines of US foreign policy analysis, US defence studies, and the study of international security; 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 and providing a challenge to US security; 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


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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
40 CATS (Module code: PO983-40)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 17%
Assessed Course Work 33%
Assessed Course Work 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93H) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught United States Foreign Policy (M9PQ) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M9PV) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M9PW) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M9PX) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Politics (M1P0) - Year 2