Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2084: Foreign Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • What is foreign policy? Why study it?
  • Realism and Liberalism
  • Constructivist and Critical Approaches
  • Case study: International Law
  • Actors and Structures in Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Personality, Rationality and Psychology
  • Implementing Foreign Policy: Power, Diplomacy, Economic Statecraft and Soft Power
  • Domestic Sources of Foreign policy, Public Diplomacy and the Art of Persuasion
  • Case Studies on Iraq, Libya, Crimea and Iran
  • Simulation Exercise

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1111 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1111 x 1 hour seminars
Guided independent study40Research and composition of portfolio
Guided independent study5Composition of critical self-reflection
Guided independent study28Group research and preparation of student-led seminar
Guided independent study55Reading assignments, preparing responses for seminar questions and composing entries for online discussion forum

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources


The Power of Nightmares. 2004

The Fog of War. 2003

Thirteen Days. 2000

Inside Job. 2011

Dr. Strangelove. 1963