US Foreign and Defence Policy

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

Modular value: 20 credits
Duration: Term long 
Contact Hours: 3 hours per week

This module will help you gain knowledge and understanding regarding the foreign and security policy of the United States of America. 

It begins by surveying: the background history of American policy; the institutions and policy process of the US government; and the underlying motives and forces driving America's actions in the world. It proceeds to discuss US policy with regard to a range of contemporary issues (grand strategy; nuclear proliferation; terrorism; new security threats) and toward several major powers and regions (Europe and Russia; Asia and China; intervention in the Middle East).


  •  1 x 2500-word essay 
  •  1 x 2000-word policy briefing paper

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The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.