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British and comparative foreign policy analysis


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: to be confirmed

Module description

In this module you will gain an understanding of the analysis and practicalities of foreign policy formulation in the UK and other states.

The module complements existing approaches, both theoretical and region-specific, 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, we will provide you with the conceptual and analytical tools to analyse policy-making in a variety of states. We will also examine the degree to which membership of multilateral bodies influences foreign policy.

While the module 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.