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Module Title LI Comparative Foreign Policy
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 27846
Module Lead Julian Pänke
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Description This module seeks to provide students with a survey of two subfields of political science: foreign policy analysis and comparative politics. Throughout the module, students will tackle the question: How do states formulate and implement their foreign policies? In term I, after a review of central foreign policy decisions in the past and discussing today’s increasingly blurred borders between the domestic and external, students will acquire the theoretical and methodological tools to analyse foreign policies. In term II, five European and four non-European foreign policies are introduced as case studies to deepen and test the understandings of term I.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Engage critically the complexity of foreign policy decisions in a globalised world
  • evaluate factors which influence particular foreign policies covered in the module
  • apply various theoretical and methodological tools of foreign policy analysis to examine foreign policy decisions
  • utilize the theoretical and methodological tools of comparative politics to analyse various foreign policies
Assessment 27846-01 : Essay 2000 Words : Coursework (35%)
27846-02 : written literature summary 1,000 words : Coursework (15%)
27846-03 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 1 x Essay Proposal (due in week 5) (formative)
1 x 1000 word Literature Summary (presented in class) (25%)
1 x 3000 word essay (due end of term) (75%)
Reassessment: 1 x 3000 word essay
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