Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2052: Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Klejda Mulaj (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will be introduced to foreign policy as a field of study, one of the most inter-disciplinary subfields of international relations. Most people tend to think of foreign policy as a territory inhabited by diplomats, foreign ministers, and journalists who cover it. It is perceived as the rarefied world of those who represent their state’s interests abroad, attend summits, and send cables back to their capitals. In this module, you will learn that foreign policy is more than summits in exotic locations and the output of foreign ministries. Not only is it important to understand other parts of the government to grasp foreign policy outcomes, but non-state actors increasingly have their own foreign policies. You will be asked to consider how IR schools of thought help us interpret foreign policy decision making, how public opinion and media impact foreign policy in general and in particular decision/s to intervene in the affairs of other states, to name a few.


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