Module Details

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Title BRITISH FOREIGN POLICY
Code POLI511
Coordinator Dr AS Roe-Crines
Politics
A.S.Crines@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To equip students with an advanced understanding of British Foreign Policy;

To understand Britain’s current place in the world and its historical contexts;

To gain an advanced understanding of Britain’s relationships with the world in the 20th and into the 21st Century;

To gain an advanced understanding of the key literature relating to British Foreign Policy and the UKs role in the world;

To evaluate Britain’s relationships with the UN, G7, and NATO;

To evaluate Britain’s relationship with the European Union as the ‘awkward partner’ and Brexit.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the literature on British foreign policy

(LO2) Students will explore a complex area of British foreign policy and the UK’s relations with at least one other country

(LO3) Students will discuss how British foreign policy developed over the post-war period

(LO4) Students will understand the functions of the Foreign Office and how it engages with other countries

(LO5) Students will present a judgement of the intellectual and political significance of the literature discussed in the workshops/seminars

(S1) Students will communicate complex ideas related to foreign policy in an understandable and clear manner

(S2) Students will research advanced issues pertaining to Britain and the world in the 20th and 21st Century and express their evidence-based arguments in an academic style.

(S3) Students will make use of digital archives for their research.

(S4) Students will refine their debating skills in seminars and then convey their understanding in assessed work

(S5) Students will identify and interpret evidence in the development of a critical argument


Syllabus

 

Topics covered may include:

Introduction to Post-War British Foreign Policy and the Foreign Office;

Relations with the United States;

Imperial Decline and the Commonwealth;

Britain and Germany;

Relations with the Middle East;

Africa and the Winds of Change;

The United Nations, NATO, and the G7;

Britain and the European Union from 1992-2010: Maastricht to Lisbon;

Britain and the European Union from 2010-2020: The Road to Brexit;

British Foreign Policy Beyond Brexit;

Conclusions.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Workshop:
Two-hour workshop, the first hour will be a lecture followed by a seminar discussion.

The lecture will outline the topic and present suggested readings for students to analyse for their personal research.

The seminars will include debates, discussions, activities, and other modes of learning to ensure students are afforded the skills and knowledge needed for an advanced understanding of British foreign policy.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           24

24
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 152

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Foreign Office Policy Brief Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously  -3000 words    70       
Literature Review Standard UoL penalties will apply There is a resit opportunity This is marked anonymously  -1000 words    30       

Recommended Texts

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