Undergraduate Course: US Foreign Policy (PLIT10084)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will allow students (especially those who have taken the popular US Government course) to do advanced and more specialised work on some of the most contentious and debated questions in the contemporary study of international relations: what are the guiding principles, objectives and effects of American foreign policy? This course will build upon and advance student knowledge of both the nature of US government and modern international relations, by allowing students to become informed participants in lively debates about (inter alia) the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam Wars, continuity or change between US administrations (such as Bush and Obama), and the extent to which US foreign policy is driven by altruism or self-interest.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Provide practical examples of application of general knowledge of the US and international relations to produce more advanced work.
- Gain an understanding of the disputed origins of US foreign policy and competing schools of foreign policy thought.
- Produce critical appraisals of competing theoretical perspectives and empirical analyses of US foreign policy.
- Examination of foreign policy doctrine, choices, and outcomes in specific regions (Europe, Middle East, Asia.)
- Develop analytical and presentation skills through feedback on presentations and assessed work.
|Leffler, M.P. and Legro, J.W. (eds) (2008) To Lead the World: American Strategy After the Bush Doctrine (Oxford University Press). |
Ikenberry, G.J., Knock, T.J., Slaughter, A-M., Smith, T. (2009) The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the 21st Century (Princeton University Press)
Viotti, P.R. (2010) American Foreign Policy (Polity Press)
Students will receive a course guide with extensive readings under each lecture theme. Electronic resources will be used where available.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course has a quota. Preference will be given to Politics and IR students.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Plus 1 hr tutorial per week
|Course organiser||Prof John Peterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3023
|Course secretary||Mr Euan Morse
Tel: 0131 (6)51 1137