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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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