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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PIED3158 British Foreign Policy

20 creditsClass Size: 140

Module manager: Dr Victoria Honeyman

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will focus primarily on British Foreign Policy after the Second World War. The first week of teaching will focus on the theory of foreign policy analysis. Each week following will focus on a particular region or relationship which has been crucial e.g. the USA (Anglo-American Relationship), the former Colonial nations (e.g. India, Australia), the Post-War Settlement in Europe and the Cold War, former African colonies, Palestine and the Middle East and Russia.


This module will focus on the post-war foreign policy of Britain, relating the historical context to the current position of Britain in the world. The objective here is to allow students to place Britain’s current relationships and difficulties in a wider global perspective.

Learning outcomes
Students studying on this module will:
- Gain a greater understanding of Britain’s foreign policy history and Britain’s current position in the world
- To have an understanding and appreciation of the wider literature related to the subject
- Be able to consider Britain’s role within international organisations and supranational groups.

Skills outcomes
Improved skills in research, writing, critical analysis, and the presentation of information and argument.


 Overview
 International Organisations
 Ethical Foreign Policy
 US-UK Relations
 Britain and Europe
 Reading Week
 The End of Empire
 Britain and the Developing World
 The Middle East
 The Two Iraq Wars
 Britain and Russia

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Each week the students will have a reading list which they are expected to select numerous chapters and articles from in preparation for this seminar discussion.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored in the seminars through discussion of the issues and also in the small reports which students will periodically provide on their reading.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Report1 x 2000 End of Term Policy Brief100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/02/2024 14:16:42


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