The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy

Module code: PL2019

By most accounts, the United States is the sole remaining superpower, and its foreign policy plays a major role in the politics and international relations of arguably every other nation on Earth. Interventionism, economic and military investment and the War on Drugs have traditionally been focus points for the US. However, after the end of the Cold War, it was forced to reassess its priorities and role on the global stage.

In this module, you'll learn the key principles, issues and themes that go into its modern foreign policy, including the role played by different branches of government in its formulation. You'll also discover the key cases, problems and topics faced by contemporary US foreign policymakers, and the often wildly-different approaches of different Presidents to foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.

Learning

  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 126 hours of guided independent study 

Assessment

  • Essay, 2,000 words (50%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)