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    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 paper 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title United States Foreign Policy since 1945
    Subject Politics
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    18 200-level POLS points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
    Teaching staff
    Professor Robert Patman
    Paper Structure

    The paper 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
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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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.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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