Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU30741 US global politics
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 2|
* To provide students with the theoretical and conceptual tools with which to think analytically and critically about US global politics;
* to explore the evolution and current nature of US interactions with the world by analysing US foreign policy in its historical context;
* to be able to understand and explain the formulation and conduct of US foreign relations and its impact in different policy domains (rule/order, security, economy, environment).
Upon completion of this unit students should:
* be able to understand the historic context for and main theoretical issues surrounding American foreign relations;
* be familiar with the institutional context of US foreign policy and the various interests that compete for influence over policy;
* display a good knowledge of the role played by the US during the Cold War and the implications of this for global order;
* be able to discuss competently the changing nature of US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War;
* have a good understanding of the main controversies concerning America's role in the world across different policy domains.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit.
Lectures and seminars will cover the following main topics:
* foreign policy analysis in general and as applied to the United States;
* the foreign policy making process;
* the historical evolution of US foreign policy up to World War I;
* US foreign policy during the interwar years;
* US foreign policy during the Cold War;
* US foreign policy after the end of the Cold War;
* The "Bush revolution" in US foreign policy;
* US foreign policy in different policy domains (e.g. rule/order, security, economy).