HIS3220 : British Foreign Policy since Suez
HIS3220 : British Foreign Policy since Suez
- Offered for Year: 2023/24
- Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Farr
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
- Capacity limit: 20 student places
Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
|European Credit Transfer System|
Modules you must have done previously to study this module
Pre Requisite Comment
Modules you need to take at the same time
Co Requisite Comment
This module analysis British foreign policy since the Suez Crisis of 1956.
The module aims to explain British foreign policy since the Suez crisis of 1956, after which point Britain’s reduced global status was finally undeniable, and the country was infamously accused of having “lost an empire, but not yet found a role”. It considers Churchill’s conception of Britain at the centre of three concentric circles – the US, Europe, and Commonwealth – and the determinants of foreign policy, both external and internal. Case studies will serve as a means of assessing whether British foreign policy was tied to coherent national interests, or was prone to “delusions of grandeur". It goes through until the present, the Global Britain agenda of 2021.
Outline Of Syllabus
The following is a guide to the topics covered; actual topics may differ from those listed: the UK-US ‘special relationship’; European integration; decolonisation; ‘East of Suez’; the Cold War; the Falklands; Gulf War; Iraq; ‘Liberal Interventionism’; overseas development; the Foreign Office and central government.
Intended Knowledge Outcomes
Students will gain knowledge of the range of sources available for the study of the British foreign policy, their advantages and limitations. They will have a critical awareness of the historiography surrounding the subject, and be able to relate it to other relevant debates in British history.
Intended Skill Outcomes
The students will develop the following intellectual skills: the capacity for independent study and critical judgement and of the ability to respond promptly, cogently and clearly to new and unexpected questions arising from this study; Reading, understanding, critiquing, and comparing historical arguments; Analysing and evaluating historians’ use of evidence; Interpreting and contextualizing primary sources.
|Structured Guided Learning||Lecture materials||11||1:00||11:00||Part of student contact hours|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||167||1:00||167:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Independent learning and wide reading are at the heart of this module. Students are expected to develop critical reading and note-taking in an independent and effective manner. A significant part the teaching will test the development of primary source analysis with an emphasis on contemporary history.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||50||1750 word essay|
|Essay||2||A||50||1750 word essay|
Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress. The essays test knowledge outcomes and develop skills in research, reading and writing.
The formative will consist of a piece of writing on a mutually-agreed subject to help the student familiarise themselves with the tone and vocabulary appropriate for writing about foreign policy.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. Where an exam is present, an alternative form of assessment will be set and where coursework is present, an alternative deadline will be set. Details of the alternative assessment will be provided by the module leader.
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