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School of Politics and International Relations

POL249 Foreign Policy Analysis

(POL249 – Spring)

Level: 5

Semester: B

Credits: 15

Module Convenor: Dr James Strong

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: None

Compulsory for: None

Associate Availability: Full year & Autumn Only


This module introduces students to the study of how states make foreign policy decisions. It considers the social, material, institutional and political contexts for decision-making, and how individual leaders' cognitive and psychological traits influence the choices they make. It thus forms a bridge between the study of leadership, domestic politics, and international relations.

Assessment: 1 x essay 1500 words (40%) and a 2 hour exam (60%)