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POLS308 United States Foreign Policy since 1945

The formulation and implementation of US foreign policy. Covering key institutions, enduring international issues, the strategy of containment and the US role in a post-Cold War world.

The course seeks to analyse both the process and the substance of US foreign policy since 1945. It also considers the international impact of US foreign policy and Washington's changing position in the world.

Paper title United States Foreign Policy since 1945
Paper code POLS308
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Course outline
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An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Teaching staff
Professor Robert Patman
Paper Structure
The course examines America's national experience, the well-springs of US foreign policy, America's emergence as a superpower during the Cold War, and America's post-Cold War diplomacy.
A course reader will be available for purchase.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will gain:
  • an understanding of how domestic influences shape US foreign policy perceptions;
  • the ability to understand cutting-edge trends in scholarship about post-war US foreign policy;
  • the capability to relate theories about US foreign policy to real world developments;
  • the capacity to relate opposing arguments on US foreign policy and develop reasoned, independent perspectives;
  • and obtain an intellectual grasp of the major contours of US foreign policy since 1945.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41