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Course content

This course examines the relation between ideology, politics, power and foreign policy. We consider both mainstream and alternative perspectives on the rise of American power by examining its historical circumstances, strategic considerations and ideological justifications. In particular we will fairly represent, but also critically examine reigning theories of international relations, both as applied by defenders of American global hegemony and from the perspective of globalism and related internationalisms. Examining the rise of American power with its enormous impact on the world, we will also consider the prospects for its future role in light of its declining economic and political circumstances.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have:

  • gained a thorough introduction to U.S. foreign policy history, with an emphasis on the period from the 1890s to the present.
  • learned about the relationships between American foreign policy and international relations models and tenets more generally.
  • practice in studying the country's foreign relations in an interdisciplinary framework that includes domestic history, as well as American politics and culture.
  • gained oral and written practice in formulating and defending a clear analytical argument on topics in the course.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Lectures are open to the general public.

Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Good reading skills in English and basic knowledge of American government and politics.

Recommended previous knowledge

NORAM1500 – American history (discontinued) and NORAM undergraduate courses in American government and politics are recommended.

Teaching

Seminar, two hour per week, for 10 weeks, 20 hours in all.

Attendance is an obligatory class requirement (80%).

Examination

The assessment will be based on a portfolio, consisting of:

  1. An essay, which will be due in a first and a final draft. Papers must be at maximum 5 standard pages in length.
  2. The two-hour final examination, which will be held in the classroom at the last meeting.

A student must pass both the essay and the final exam to pass the course.

Previously given exam assignments.

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.

Examination support material

English-english dictionary

Language of examination

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.

The results will be published on the Studentweb within three weeks.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Autumn 2014

Examination

Autumn 2014

Teaching language

English