Foreign Policy Analysis POLITIC5016
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Social and Political Sciences
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
This course examines the ways in which foreign policy is conducted in a variety of countries. It will examine a number of theoretical and historical perspectives, examine the variety of goals, actors, institutions, and cultural contexts that contribute to foreign policymaking, and analyse themes across a number of case studies.
2 hour seminar held weekly for 10 weeks.
Requirements of Entry
Students must be accepted and registered on a PGT programme in the College of Social Sciences
Class students will be required to write two essays (2,500 words) each worth 50% of the final grade
■ To provide an in-depth overview of the main traditions of analysing foreign policy
■ To critically assess the main theoretical approaches in the study of foreign policy.
■ To critically evaluate the key differences and similarities of policy formation across a number of country case studies.
■ To analyse the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of foreign policymaking.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of the course, students are expected to:
■ Demonstrate firm knowledge of main theoretical approaches to the study of foreign policy.
■ Demonstrate firm knowledge of main actors, institutions, and cultural factors that contribute to foreign policy making.
■ Be able to critique existing approaches to the study of foreign policy.
■ Demonstrate an understanding of the links between theoretical and practical aspects of foreign policy.
■ Demonstrate reasoned and factually supported arguments both orally and writing.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Completion of a minimum of 75 percent of summative assessment elements