The module will chart the evolution of contemporary British foreign policy. It begins firmly in the era of pre-First World War diplomacy, and examines the legacy of Britain's role in nineteenth century international relations, including the role of empire. The module will explore the nature of the old and new diplomacy as well as issues relating to foreign policy formation. It will include an evaluation of the role of diplomats and the work and operation of the Foreign Office. It will also include a discussion of the main themes and issues of Britain's relations with all of the major European powers from 1904-1973, including the origins of the two world wars, the connection between foreign policy and political ideology. The module will also examine Britain's relations with the United States during this period and with the Far East, especially with Japan.
This module appears in the following module collections.
This module will be taught through one 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour seminar each week, with the exception of Enhancement Week and one week that will be dedicated to coursework feedback.
Method of assessment
This module will be assessed by:
- One Seminar Presentation (20 mins) – 10%
- Exam Preparation Commentary (1,000 words) – 10%
- Essay 1 (2,500 words) – 20%
- Essay 2 (2,500 words) – 20%
- Examination in the Summer term (2-hours) – 40%
Barr, J., A Line in the Sand. Britain, France and the Struggle that Shaped the Middle East (London: Simon and Schuster, 2011).
Bell, P.M.H., France and Britain, 1900-1940: Entente and Estrangement (London: Pearson, 1996).
Chickering, R. and S. Forster (eds), The Shadows of Total War: Europe, East Asia and the United States, 1919-1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2003).
Colas, A., International Civil Society: Social Movements in World Politics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).
Florini, A.M., The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World (London: Island Press, 2003).
Grünewald, G. and P. van den Dungen (eds), Twentieth Century Peace Movements: Successes and Failures (Lewiston: Edward Mellen Press, 1994).
The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of British foreign policy 1904-1973, and the changing role of Britain in international affairs.
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of advanced concepts in the extensive historiography relating to how to understand Britain's changing role in international diplomacy, 1904-1973 and at what motivated these changes.
- Demonstrate an advanced capability to understand the nature and reasons for the development of British foreign policy, 1904-1973.
The intended generic learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Work with a moderate level of independence to research and develop their understanding of questions and issues.
- Demonstrate an ability to provide persuasive written presentations, including the use of a range of primary source materials and historiographical content.
- Research and integrate primary sources into written assessments.
- Apply their knowledge and skills to the production of a range of different outputs
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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