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British and comparative foreign policy analysis

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6

Module description

The purpose of this module is to provide students of politics and international relations with an understanding of the analysis and practicalities of foreign policy formulation in the UK and other states.

The module aims to complement existing approaches, both theoretical and region-specific, offered in the Department. This is achieved via an examination of the established literature on agency and diverse actors and pressures influencing foreign policy formation. While the focus of core lectures will be the UK, the module provides the conceptual and analytical tools to analyse policy making in a variety of states. It also examines the degree to which membership of multilateral bodies influences foreign policy.

While the course is grounded in theory, practical sessions will focus on detailed case studies and draw on the direct experience of ‘practitioners’ both of UK policy as well as ‘foreign’ actors.