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American Politics & Foreign Policy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

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 the 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 programme 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 elections, race, gender and more.


Vision and 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• demonstrate an ability to communicate in writing and in public speaking with a variety of specialist and non-specialist audiences.

• 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, or the international equivalent in the subject areas such as the humanities, politics or international relations but not exclusively.

• Standard of English required it is expected that students will normally have reached an overall 7 in the IELTS with no individual band less than 6.5 or equivalent.

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 year part-time.

Number of credits

60

Further enquiries

Catherine Carey

Email: Catherine.Carey@ucd.ie

or Tel +353 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 within the College.


Stage 1 - Core

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 1 - Option

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


EU Foreign, Security, and Defence Pol.

POL40610


The Global Political Economy of Europe

POL41650


Theories of International Relations – Stream 2

POL41800


Political Violence

POL41910

Comment

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic (EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

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.

Assessment method

The Masters degree programme will be assessed by means of course work for the modules (largely by essay but this may vary) and a minor thesis of 12,000 to 15,000 words. Credit values vary for each module.


Students choose the dissertation topic in consultation with the programme director. It may be supervised by the programme director or co supervised with another academic either within UCD or outside the university. Supervisors monitor student's individual progress and offer advice on the preparation and presentation of the dissertation. The final mark for the Masters Degree will be divided between the course work and the dissertation.

Application date

Grad Dip American Politics & Foreign Policy FT (Z236) Duration

Deadline Rolling *


Grad Dip American Politics & Foreign Policy PT (Z237) Duration

Deadline Rolling *


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

Course fee

GradDip American Politics & Foreign Policy (Z236) Full Time

EU: fee per year - €6105

nonEU: fee per year - €13270


GradDip American Politics & Foreign Policy (Z237) Part Time

EU: fee per year - €3620

nonEU: fee per year - €6635


***Fees are subject to change.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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