International relations

Foreign Policy Analysis

Module code: 932M1
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

What is foreign policy and what is 'foreign' about it? Does foreign policy still matter in an age of globalization? Who acts in foreign policy, for what purpose and in whose name? In this module we will analyse foreign policy as a crucial political site of agency and choice in today's international relations. The module will draw on classical and critical foreign policy analysis literature to locate the study of foreign policy firmly within the domain of international relations and redefine its political, strategic and normative boundaries. The theoretical study of how and why foreign policy is made will be complemented with an analysis of historical and contemporary foreign policy case studies and an in-class practical simulation exercise.

Module learning outcomes

  • A theoretical appreciation of the meaning of contemporary foreign policy in global politics.
  • An empirical appreciation of the key contemporary issues in international relations and foreign policy.
  • In-depth knowledge of at least one topic within the field of foreign policy analysis.
  • Critical skills to appreciate the context of international policies and writings on foreign policy and diplomacy.