LET-ETCAMB206
United States Foreign Relations
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ETCAMB206
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; English Language and Culture;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. J.H.H. van den Berk
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Lecturer
dr. J.H.H. van den Berk
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Contactperson for the course
dr. J.H.H. van den Berk
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Examiner
dr. J.H.H. van den Berk
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Academic year2023
Period
PER 3-PER 4  (29/01/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
PER 3
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAccessible to exchange students.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
By the end of the course, the student:
  • will have a confident understanding of the ideas, ideals, interests and strategies shaping US global politics since 1914;
  • will be able to consider the interrelation between a range of actors, including states, politicians, institutions, interstate organizations, non-governmental organizations, and transnational movements;
  • can reflect thoughtfully on the ways in which cultural, historical and political approaches to US global politics can be both highly complementary and in tension with one another;
  • can move comfortably between theoretical discussions, historical examples, political and cultural analysis in discussing these issues.
Content
In this course, we will engage the complexities of the ways in which the United States has gone to work in the world since 1898, with an emphasis on the post-WWII period. A central concern of the course will be how political, cultural and historical approaches to world politics are both complementary and in tension with one another. Roughly following a chronological trajectory, the course will combine readings in political history, international relations theory and cultural studies. The course will not only expose students to multiple approaches to political history and international relations – and to relevant disciplines that touch on these – but ask you to develop your own selective, strategic synthesis of these as part of your final research project
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
This is an advanced class in the history of US foreign relations during the 20th and 21st century. Students should have prior knowledge of the basic events and developments in US history.
Test information

Specifics

Required materials
Literature
Dennis Merrill and Thomas Paterson, Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Volume II: Since 1914
ISBN:978-0547218236
Title:Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, Volume II: Since 1914
Author:Dennis Merrill and Thomas Paterson
Publisher:Cengage
Edition:7
Literature
Articles - made available through Brightspace

Instructional modes
Lecture
Attendance MandatoryYes

Seminar
Attendance MandatoryYes

General
Seminars consisting of brief lectures, active extended discussions, close and critical reading, group work, argumentative writing and multi-media resources.

Tests
Participation
Test weight20
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5

Midterm take home
Test weight35
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5

Paper
Test weight45
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5