Contemporary US Foreign and Security Policy

Final year module

Lecturer: David Dunn

This module provides an introduction to the institutions of the US Government with special emphasis upon the foreign and defence policy decision making process.

The second semester deals with the development of American foreign policy in the post 11 September 2001 period and examines the central issues in contemporary American foreign and security problems. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an ability to examine events and policies in the US critically. 
  • Evaluate the outcomes of those events and policies.


  • 1x 3000 word essay (40%) 
  • Presentation (10%) 
  • 3 hour examination (50%)