Module Identifier IP36320  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Mr Douglas W Stokes  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Two essays of 3000 words (50% each)100%



Part One   
This considers the major theoretical and historical perspectives on US foreign policy and its role in the third world. Historical and theoretical areas covered will include orthodox and revisionist historiography and (neo)-realist, neo-liberal, Marxist and post-structuralist explanations of US foreign policy. The historical and theoretical areas overlap with a close alignment between orthodox understandings of US foreign policy and realism and neo-liberalism, whilst revisionist accounts are more broadly aligned with critical Marxist and post-structuralist understandings of US foreign policy. This section of the module will serve to deepen the students? historical and theoretical understandings of US foreign policy and its role within the third world specifically and world politics more generally.
Part Two   
This part of the course takes these insights and applies them to developing world case studies. We will move sequentially through different historical case studies that span the Cold War, post-Cold War and post-September 11th periods. This section of the course relies on primary and secondary data sources. There are a number of Internet sites where students can access sources including the National Security Archive in Washington and a number of US government agencies such as the US State Department.   


This module is at CQFW Level 6