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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

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IR 4023 / IR 4523
AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Glencross

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course will be available in the second semester of 2012/13 as IR 4523.

This course is divided into four parts: the historical and constitutional origins of US foreign policy, the transition to great power status, twentieth century debates over international entanglement, post-Cold War unipolarity. The first learning section provides an overview of the founders’ intentions about US foreign policy and the political institutions established to nurture this policy. The second part examines the institutional and cultural reasons for the ambivalence of the US as an international actor from the Monroe Doctrine to entry into World War One. The third part focuses on domestic and international factors that resulted in a bipolar distribution of power after 1945 and a web of US-dominated security alliances. The final section explores the unresolved tension between liberal internationalism, neo-conservatism and neo-isolationism since the “unipolar moment” created after the end of the Cold War.

1 one-hour lecture and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%), in-course assessment (40%): 3,000 word essay (30%), and seminar presentation (10%).