Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM104: US Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Doug Stokes (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This is an advanced postgraduate module in which you will examine key debates and developments in US foreign policy. Specifically, in the post-war international system, the US emerged as the linchpin of the Western ‘liberal order’. Even after the end of the Cold War, this system has proved remarkably durable. However, rising powers such as China, the perceptions of strategic failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the 2008 financial crisis, have led many to question the durability of US unipolarity. Are we entering a post-American, post-liberal multipolar world? What trends are we likely to witness as the future unfolds and how will the US respond to these? In this module you will examine a broad range of theories and cases studies that help the analyst critically engage with the role of America in the world and apply these to ongoing crises and developments in world politics.

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