PIR-20090 - Foreign Policy
Coordinator: Ningkang Wang-Kaeding Tel: +44 1782 7 33217
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

This module provides an introduction to the study of foreign policy, which is a core theme in International Relations. We will examine the theories and concepts employed by foreign policy specialists, and proceed to try to explain or evaluate the foreign policy behaviour of a set of countries.

┐ A demonstrable knowledge of different approaches to the study of foreign policy.
┐ A clear understanding of the key post-Cold War foreign policy problems in a variety of Western and non-Western geographies.
┐ An ability to understand and apply concepts and theories to case studies.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Attain detailed familiarity with the key conceptual and theoretical debates within the literature on the study and practice of foreign policy: 1,2
Develop critical thinking of scholarly literature in terms of various explanations about foreign policy behaviours: 1,2
Engage with questions about the politics of foreign policy in both verbal discussions and written productions and develop both clarity and individuality in participants┐ writing and speaking skills: 1,2

Study hours

10 hours attendance at lectures [scheduled]
10 hours attendance at seminars [scheduled]
5 hours of group supervision [scheduled]
5 hours of making group presentation [independent]
30 hours of group presentation preparation [independent]
20 hours of preparing for seminars [independent]
70 hours of exam preparation [independent]

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Presentation weighted 40%
Group presentation
Students will be allocated to presentation groups. The module leader assigns presentation topic to the group. Each group must meet the module leader two weeks before the presentation to decide a concrete presentation question. The group presentation has a duration of 5-10 minutes. It must be accompanied by a recorded PowerPoint Slides (do not exceed 8). It must list the student ID number, not their names, and their respective email address. The lecturer will record oral feedback (not the mark) at the end of each group presentation slide and upload it to KLE as resources for the rest of class. All members of the presentation group will be awareded the same mark, which is communicated to them by email within a week of the presentation. The presentation starts in week six.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 60%
48 hour open book exam
The exam takes place remotely and students can access their textbooks, notes, and other learning resources. Students need to complete two out of eight essay questions in the exam within 48 hours. They need to use an internet-connected computer to login into the learning system to download the exam paper, type their responses, and upload them upon completion. Additional time will be provided for students who have approved alternative exam arrangements. The length of each essay is 1500 words (with +/-10% margin).