Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2052: Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility

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

Module Aims

This module will introduce you to a broad range of scholarship that addresses the field of foreign policy. This area of study has traditionally been separate from other branches of international relations. This module will encourage you to consider the more theoretical texts in light of recent foreign policy crises

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate substantive knowledge of the main theories of foreign policy and be able to adopt critical positions adopted towards them.
2. show an ability to identify and discuss the key concepts in relation to decision-making,
3. identify clearly the contention made by the different theories of leadership, power and responsibility and engage in reasoned criticism of such theories.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. criticise and construct arguments with regard both to their logical rigour and political plausibility
5. exercise informed judgement concerning the policy implications of abstract political principles.
Personal and Key Skills6. present complex arguments with clarity and concision.
7. show an empathetic understanding of the role played by leaders under crisis conditions.