POL8020 : American Foreign Policy
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr James Bilsland
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The main aims of American Foreign Policy-Making (AFP) are:
1. To undertake advanced study of US foreign policy-making, developing a well informed and conceptually sophisticated understanding of the foreign policy process and institutional relationships, in the context of recent and contemporary issues.
2. To develop critical understanding of, and to enhance competence in using, theory, concepts, and models to investigate and explain foreign policy processes.
3. To prepare students for independent study on aspects of US foreign policy processes.
Outline Of Syllabus
1. AFP begins by considering theoretical and conceptual issues associated with foreign policy, and how foreign policy relates to other dimensions of governmental and non-governmental activity. The emergence of the global role of the US after 1945 and major development in postwar foreign policy are briefly reviewed.
2. Particular attention is given to the complex internal dynamics of foreign policy-making in the US, and their associated strains. The roles of Congress, organised interests, media and public opinion will be considered, in addition to those of the presidency, State Department, military and intelligence establishments and other governmental agencies centrally involved in the making and implementation of foreign policy.
3. The final section of the course concentrates on recent changes and contemporary challenges in the foreign policy environment, and actual or potential US responses to them.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||178:00||178:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
A 2 hour seminar group meeting weekly, with student presentations, is the most appropriate mode for advanced study of this topic. Students are exposed to a range of ideas, information and arguments, and develop their capacities both to express and defend their own views, and to examine critically those of others.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research paper||1||M||100||4,000 word research paper|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The research paper is chosen from a list, in consultation with the tutor, allowing the student to demonstrate learning outcomes to the best of their ability.