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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. These include but are not limited to, the notion of American decline in relation to rising power 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 , 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.

Course Description
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 US as a world power, the Cold War, transatlantic relations, presidential and congressional elections, race and gender, partisanship, and more.

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.

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or the international equivalent in the subject areas such as the humanities, politics and international relations but not exculsivly. 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 7 (no band less than 6.5 in each element), or equivalent.

Duration

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

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Students can expect to take modules similar to:

Foundations of US Foreign Policy, American Politics Today, Challenges Facing US Foreign Policy, American Political Tradition. In addition students can choose an optional module from a number of other Schools in the College. They are also required to complete at thesis 12,000 - 15,0000 words.

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy FT (Z234)

Duration 1 Years Attendance Full Time

Deadline Rolling *

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

Attendance Part Time

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 - € 7455
non-EU fee per year - € 18700

MA American Politics & Foreign Policy (Z235) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4480
non-EU fee per year - € 9350

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2018/2019 September

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