AMST40310 Challenges in US Foreign Policy

Academic Year 2020/2021

The United States plays a powerful role in contemporary global politics. Therefore understanding its place in the international system and how its foreign policy is made are of crucial importance for every student interested in global affairs. This module focuses on the challenges facing US foreign policy in the 21st century. First, we will discuss the topical debates about US relative decline and the future of US Grand Strategy. Second, we will study the complex relations existing between the United States and the other regions of the world. Third, we will conclude by analyzing US foreign policies in especially important areas such as the global economy, the environment, and international terrorism.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module you will be able to present in detail and critically analyze key issues in international relations and the role that the United States plays in them. You will also develop the ability to offer policy recommendations to address current real-world foreign crises.

Indicative Module Content:

- the debates on US relative decline and the future of US Grand Strategy
- the complex relations existing between the United States and the other regions of the world
- US foreign policies in especially important areas such as the global economy, the environment, and international terrorism

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)

200

Total

200

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Key teaching and learning approaches used in the module include:
active/task-based learning;
peer and group work;
debates;
student presentations.
 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

US Foreign Policy (2018 or newer), edited by Michael Cox and Doug Stokes, Oxford University Press. Or any similar manual on US foreign policy.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2500 word Policy Memo. It will contain analysis and policy recommendations to the US president on a real-world current issue of US foreign policy. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

70

Continuous Assessment: Participation in in-class activities including individual and group presentations; debates; and other activities. The total number of unexcused absences will also affect this grade component. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

30


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual and group feedback on their in-class activities throughout the duration of the module. Feedback on end-of-term coursework will instead be provided individually if requested.

The complete reading list will be presented at the beginning of the module. The vast majority of the readings will be made available through Brightspace.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

 
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Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 12:00 - 12:50
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