ENG2503 – America and Britain in the World

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Course content

This course focuses on the foreign policy of both the U.K. and the U.S. from 1945 to the present, with particular attention to the period from 1992 to the present (the post-Cold War era). We will consider both policies and perspectives, examining the relation between foreign policy and domestic politics, openness to the world and national autonomy, global governance and national leadership, cooperation and deterrence, soft power and hard power. In the process we will learn to explain the character of the current world order and its prospects for the future.

Topic for Autumn 2020

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • have an understanding of, and insight into, the development of British and American foreign policies since 1945
  • can analyze the relation between national identity and outlook on the world, and between domestic politics and foreign policy
  • can analyze the impact of financial globalization and economic regionalization on the conduct of British and American foreign policy after 1991
  • can analyze the impact of migration and domestic terrorism on popular and elite perceptions of foreign policy in both Britain and America
  • can analyze the impact of wars for humanitarian intervention on current foreign policy
  • can explain the shift in foreign policy in the last decade in both Britain and the United States


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Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that students take ENG1505 British Civilization and ENG1506 American Civilization before attending this course


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 10 weeks. 20 hours in all.

You are expected to turn up prepared for the seminar, having covered the assigned reading for each session, and any exercises you have been asked to work on in advance.

Obligatory activities:

  • Students will prepare three mini-essays of 2 pages each for a total of 6 pages. Submission of these essays are required to sit the exam. Students choose three weekly topics on which to write these essays. Topic questions for these topics are provided in the syllabus. One mini-essay is due at mid-term and the final two mini-essays are due at the end of the teaching semester. Read more about rules concerning valid excuses and how to apply for approved postponements here.
  • For autumn 2020, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.

All obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Fulfilled course requirements are only valid the semester you attend the course.


The final grade is set on the basis of a written term paper (7-8 standard pages à 2,300 characters)

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every other autumn starting 2020


Every other autumn starting 2020

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