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American Politics & Foreign Policy

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy
The United States is the most influential nation in the world. However, a number of challenges in recent years have called into question the sustainability of American leadership abroad and prosperity at home. This includes, but is not limited to, the notion of American decline in relation to rising powers such as China, a political system that appears to have entered an extended period of dysfunction, recurring problems in race relations, and rising economic inequality. This MA allows students to explore in depth the foreign policy and political challenges facing the United States.
• This MA , which is the first of its kind in Europe or North America, allows students to explore in depth the foreign policy and political challenges facing the U.S.
• Drawing upon the disciplines of history and political science, it explores a wide variety of topics such as the origins of American exceptionalism, the importance placed upon individual liberty, the emergence of the U.S as a world power, the cold War, transatlantic relations, presidential and congressional election, race, gender and more.

Who should Apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No
The programme will interest those seeking a career in government, in the non-profit sector, in business, and those hoping to undertake advanced study in these areas.

Vision & Values Statement
This is an academic programme but is also suited to practitioners/professionals in a related field who wish to gain a broader understanding of processes, policies, and outcomes in the area of American politics and foreign policy, both domestically and within the context of international affairs. We value and therefore encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach to the subject. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to think critically about policy and the ideas that shape it, both individually and as part of a group. As a result of this approach to learning, the programme uses teaching, learning, and assessment approaches such as the drafting of policy memoranda, one-on-one advising, small group activities, presentations, seminar discussions, policy analysis, and internships.

Programme outcomes:
• Students should be able to communicate in academic language about American politics and foreign policy using historical and theoretical concepts.
• apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
• develop sophisticated judgments about American politics and foreign policy that encompass domestic and international/comparative perspectives.
• demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
• learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in an autonomous manner.
• develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with individual supervision from an academic member of staff.
• Students should be able to communicate in academic language about American politics and foreign policy using historical and theoretical concepts.
• apply knowledge in a variety of professional settings or in the form of further study, including at the doctoral level.
• demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.
• develop significant expertise in a chosen subject by writing a MA thesis of approximately 12,000 words with individual supervision from an academic member of staff.
• develop sophisticated judgments about American politics and foreign policy that encompass domestic and international/comparative perspectives.
• learn skills that will enable them to accumulate further knowledge in this or other subjects in an autonomous manner.

Entry requirements

• An upper second class honours degree (NFQ Level 8 ), or the international equivalent in the subject areas such as the humanities, politics and international relations but not exclusively. Consideration will be given to students with a lower GPA but they will require an interview (via SKYPE or in person) and maybe asked for additional material
• Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS overall 6.5 (with no band less than 6 in each element), or equivalent.
• These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes.

Duration

Z234: 1 year full-time.
Z235: 2 years part-time.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Catherine Carey
Contact Number:+353(0)1 716 1560

Subjects taught

The programme is composed of 90 credits, 60 of which come from weekly small class seminars and the remaining 30 from a dissertation. Students take 50 credits of core modules taught at the UCD Clinton Institute and the remaining credits are taken from a list of optional modules from other programmes. Students are taught in small group seminars on a weekly basis.
Compulsory modules include, but may vary from year to year:
• International Politics of Cyber-Space
• American Politics Today
• US and the Middle East
• Challenges in Contemporary US Foreign Policy

Students are also required to complete a thesis of 12,000 - 15,0000 words.

Stage One - Core
Minor Thesis
AMST40050

Challenges in US Foreign Policy
AMST40310

Research Skills Seminar
AMST40480

The International Politics of Cyber Space
AMST40560

The U.S. and the Middle East
AMST40570

Trump's America
AMST40590

Stage One - Optional
Media and US Foreign Policy
AMST40030

Public Diplomacy and Soft Power
AMST40130

New Media New Conflicts
AMST40490

The Newsroom
AMST40610

Artificial Intelligence, Digital Capitalism, Surveillance: The New Shape of Global Power
GEOG40930

Theories of International Relations
POL40050

Theories of International Relations – Stream 2
POL41800

Political Violence
POL41910

Application date

The following entry routes are available:
MA American Politics & Foreign Policy FT (Z234)
Deadline Rolling *

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy PT (Z235) Duration 2 Years
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Course fee

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy (Z234) Full Time
EU: fee per year - €7920
nonEU: fee per year - €19900

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy (Z235) Part Time
EU: fee per year - €4760
nonEU: fee per year - €9950

***Fees are subject to change.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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