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Module Title LH Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20909
Module Lead DR. Quinn
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Pre-requisites LI International Security - (08 20903)
Restrictions .
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours

This module provides a survey of the foreign policy of the United States of America.

The first semester surveys the history, institutions, and drivers of US policy. The second surveys some of the most pressing contemporary security challenges facing the United States, and the policies with which it has sought to address them. Topics include counterterrorism, military intervention, the changing nature of threats, and the challenge of rising powers.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of events and policies relating to contemporary US Foreign and Security policy;
  • Be able to evaluate policies in accordance with the theoretical and conceptual literature surrounding the conduct of foreign and security policy;
  • Place policy outcomes into the wider context of global and international political affairs.
Assessment 20909-02 : 1000 Word Policy Brief : Coursework (25%)
20909-03 : Exam 3 hours : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1 x 1000-word briefing paper (25%)
1 x 3hr exam (75%)
1 x In-class presentation (presuming this can occur throughout the term to allow them to all be fitted in) (formative)

Reassessment: 1 x 3hr exam
Reading List