Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3174: International Security and US Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide you with a detailed examination of US foreign policy. A key emphasis of the course will be to enrich contemporary understandings of international crises and global security through the use of a range of theoretical approaches, keen use of empirical material and solid reasoning. Students taking this course and fully participating will leave with a grasp of international security issues, key debates in US foreign policy and knowledge of potential global strategic trends based on historical evidence and analysis of current developments in global politics. 

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 key issues in international security as they pertain to US foreign policy and develop the capacity to apply this knowledge to a range of theoretical positions, case studies and international crises;
2. display knowledge of the contemporary historical dimensions of US foreign policy and world order;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. develop analytical understanding of the role of great powers, especially the US in helping shape world politics;
4. exercise informed judgment concerning the role of the US in world politics and how this role pertains to international security whilst locating arguments within an historical context;
Personal and Key Skills5. conduct independent research, exercise critical judgment, write cogently and persuasively; and
6. demonstrate personal responsibility for knowledge interpretation, assimilation and articulation.