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PO379 - United States Foreign Policy

  • Module code: PO379
  • Module name: United States Foreign Policy
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims: *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.

Principal learning outcomes

The learning objectives of the module are: *To demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the theoretical and conceptual debates germane to an understanding of US foreign policy; *To evaluate critically the characteristics of and issues raised by key facets of US foreign and defense policy making and their consequences; *To 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 be familiar with a wide range of contemporary academic literature on US foreign policy; *To be able to critically analyse complex ideas, both orally and in writing, with relation to contemporary US foreign policy.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught through a combination of a weekly one-hour lecture and a compulsory one-hour seminar in terms 1 and 2.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studyundergrad/ugmodules/po379

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO379-30)
A (Assessed work only) First 3000 word essay 50%
  Second 3000 word essay 50%
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%
C (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word essay 50%
  1.5 hour examination (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessment (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics (with Intercalated Year) (M101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (M160) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M161) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (with Intercalated Year) (M167) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (with Intercalated Year) (M16B) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (without Year Abroad) (M16D) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics with French (M1RC) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (with Intercalated year) (ML14) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V231) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (with Year Abroad) (VM12) - Year 4