Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3174: International Security and US Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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:

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. Key questions the course will cover include whether the US-led western order is being eclipsed in favour of a more multipolar distribution of power? How can great powers, and especially the US, calibrate its grand strategy to help arrest power transition? In what ways does the global security order that the US helps reproduce help bolster its position within world politics? 

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 11 x 2 hour per week seminars including small group work, presentations, discussion, reflection and simulations.
Guided independent study150Reading
Guided Independent Study50Reflection
Guided independent study78Essay Writing

Online Resources

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

The main resource students will need will be my twitter feed currently @drdws but this will change. Search for Doug Stokes.