Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3201: International Security and US Foreign Policy

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • The first section of this course will provide a broad historical overview of the development of US foreign policy from the early Cold War period up the present day.
  • The second section of this course will examine a broad range of issues that pertain to US foreign policy, and which help the analyst to develop applicable knowledge of key developments in US foreign policy and world politics more generally. 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities22 hours11 x 2 hour per week seminars including small group work, presentations, discussion, reflection and simulations.
Guided independent study128 hoursReading (75 hours), reflection (25 hours), essay writing (28 hours).

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

The main resource students will need will be a dedicated facebook page.