History Special Dissertation Israel-US Special Relations and the New Diplomatic History (V1472D)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

This module aims to widen and extend the way you understand the creation, development and practice of relationships between countries.

We’ll discuss the theories and practices of the new diplomacy, using the Israeli-American special relations as an example.

Through the adaption of bottom-up and up-down approaches, we’ll explore the wide range of elements that were and are part of the special relations between states:

  • religion
  • values
  • ideology
  • interests
  • the impact of leaders and diplomats
  • the meaning and impact of public opinion in each country and in exchanges between the two countries.


23%: Lecture
77%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 276 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: