Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Adam Quinn

This module provides a survey of the foreign policy of the United States of America.

The first semester surveys the history, institutions, and drivers of US policy. The second surveys some of the most pressing contemporary security challenges facing the United States, and the policies with which it has sought to address them. Topics include counterterrorism, military intervention, the changing nature of threats, and the challenge of rising powers.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of events and policies relating to contemporary US Foreign and Security policy.
  • Be able to evaluate policies in accordance with the theoretical and conceptual literature surrounding the conduct of foreign and security policy.

Assessment

  • Term One: 3,000 word essay (50%)
  • Term Two: Presentation (15%)
  • Term Three: 2 hour examination (35%)

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