|| IP37020 |
|| AMERICA IN THE WORLD |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Professor Mick Cox |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 16 Hours (16 x 1 hour) |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 8 Hours (8 x 1 hour) |
|| Essay || 1 x 3,000 word essay || 50% |
|| Exam || 2 Hours || 50% |
By the end of the course students should be able to:
understand the location of the US in the wider 'American' sub-system;
explain the relationship between the US role in the American hemisphere and its role in the world;
understand the origins of American hegemony;
assess the role of the United States in the world in the post-war period;
explain the extent to which America's global priorities have changed since the end of the Cold War.
10 ECTS Credits
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the role of the United States in the world ? with particular attention being paid to the twentieth century and the hemispheric dimensions of American power. The regional and the historical will thus be analysed together in order to explain the rise of the United States to what some call 'superpower' and others 'hegemonic' status. We will then explore the American role in the wider world since 1945 and see how well the United States has performed without an enemy in the post-Cold War period.
There are six broad themes:
The United States as a hemispheric power
Expansion as a way of life?
War and the American experience
American preponderance of power
Is America an exceptional great power?
Is America in decline?
** Recommended Text
US Foreign Policy After the Cold War: Super Power without a Mission.
American Foreign Policy: Carter to Clinton.