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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Postgrad (School of Social and Political Studies)

Postgraduate Course: Advanced Issues in International Relations (PGSP11593)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAdvanced Issues in International Relations enables students to undertake advanced analysis of contemporary issues in International Relations.

2022-3 Topic - US Foreign Policy
The course will analyse the competing explanations for historical and contemporary U.S. foreign policies. It will encourage students to explain and evaluate competing strategies for how the U.S. can best achieve its foreign policy goals across a range of issues and regions. It will also examine the foreign policy process to debate the relative influence of government bodies and other actors on the policy-making process
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Participation (10%)
Essay 1 (1500 words: 35%)
Essay 2 (2500 words: 55%)
Feedback All assignments will be returned with feedback within 15 days of submission. Feedback for Essay 1 will be provided in time for the students to utilize it in their preparation for Essay 2.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop an advanced critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts related to US foreign policy.
  2. Evaluate current US foreign policies across a range of issues and topics
  3. Critically analyse the US foreign policy-making process and the principal political forces that influence it
  4. Communicate through empirically grounded and theoretically informed written work and discussions, their understanding of US foreign policy
Reading List
Cox, M. (2022) Agonies of Empire. Bristol: Bristol University Press.

Hook, S. and Jones, C. (eds) (2011) Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy. London: Routledge Press.

Hemmer, C. (2015) American Pendulum : Recurring Debates in U.S. Grand Strategy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Parmar, I., Miller, L, and Ledwidge, M. (eds) (2009) New Directions in US Foreign Policy. London: Routledge Press.

Turner, O., & Parmar, I. (eds.). (2020) The United States in the Indo-Pacific. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course students should have strengthened their skills in:
- Critical analysis and evaluation of evidence.
- Ability to effectively formulate and articulate a line of argument.
- Ability to identify and critically engage with arguments in scholarship and public discourse.
- Effective written communication skills.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Stephen Hill
Tel: (0131 6)51 5362
Course secretaryMrs Casey Behringer
Tel: (0131 6)50 2456
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