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PL50866: Foreign policy analysis

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 6
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Semester 1
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: ES100
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Coursework reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
The unit aims to provide:
* an effective insight into the study of foreign policy through a detailed study of policy-making processes and comparative analysis;
* theoretical and empirical understanding and analysis of contemporary foreign policy-making;
* a consideration of the major issues in contemporary and comparative foreign policy;
* an advanced knowledge of a major sub-field of international relations.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who have successfully completed this unit will:
* have acquired an advanced knowledge of foreign policy making and implementation;
* understand contemporary problems of foreign policy-making and implementation;
* have acquired a good understanding of the theoretical models for the study of nation states´┐Ż foreign policies;
* have advanced knowledge of foreign policy-making and implementation in selected states;
* be able to critically analyse foreign policy across different policy areas. (rule, security, etc).

Skills:
The key skills the unit will hone and further develop are:
* Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.

Content:
The content of the unit will revolve around the following themes:
* International relation theories and foreign policy analysis;
* Foreign policy and behavioural International Relations;
* Macropolitics and Foreign Policy Behaviour;
* Micropolitics and Foreign Policy Behaviour;
* Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis;
* Learning in Foreign Policy Analysis.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL50866 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies

PL50866 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THPL-AFM16 : MA Contemporary European Studies: Politics Policy and Society (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM17 : MA Contemporary European Studies (with transatlantic track) (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM24 : MA Contemporary Transatlantic Studies (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM22 : MA International Relations and European Politics (Full-time)
  • THPL-AFM15 : MA International Security (Full-time)

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.