Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2106: America in the World

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will break down as follows:

  • The first section of this module will provide a broad historical overview of the development of US foreign policy from the early Cold War period up to the present day.
  • The second section of this module will examine a broad range of issues that pertain to US foreign policy, and which help the analyst to develop applicable knowledge of key developments in US foreign policy including the role of ideology, the rise of non-Western powers, changes in US grand strategy and the viability of the liberal international order.

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 and Teaching Activities22 11 x 2 hours per week
Guided Independent Study128Reading for seminars (75 hours), reflection and planning for seminars (25 hours), Exam revision + learning consolidation (28 hours).

Online Resources

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