Foreign Policy Analysis

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foreign Policy Analysis

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, International Relations, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    40 100-level INTP or POLS points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course introduces and explores the notion of foreign policy, which is traditionally considered one of the most important bridges between 'domestic' and 'international' politics. Here the spotlight is kept on the sources, instruments, agents, processes and implications of foreign policy. The course adopts an analytical and comparative approach, drawing on the experiences several international actors have had since the Second World War. This course may also be able to be taken towards a major in POLS. See major requirements for details.

    Learning Objectives
    Students passing this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate a greater understanding of the major analytical approaches to foreign policy
    2. exhibit a deeper knowledge of the issues and themes relating to foreign policy analysis
    3. identify the major types of factors that may have contributed to particular foreign policy
    decisions or actions
    4. develop their analytical skills through discussion and written analysis; and
    5. expand their research skills

    Mid-trimester test- 25%
    tutorial tests- 10%
    research essay- 40%
    end-trimester test- 25%

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