Free course

The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama

Free statement of participation on completion

President Obama's inauguration in 2009 seemed to herald a new era in US foreign policy and international relations. But the Bush years had left a formidable set of problems war in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism, nuclear proliferation in Iran and the rise of China. In this free course, The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama, you will explore these challenges facing the USA. You will learn about the position of the USA in the international system, how to analyse US economic and political power in international politics, and be able to make sense of constraints on, and choices open to, US policy in the 21st century.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of key elements of political analysis of US power and hegemony
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical development of the USA within the state system and related questions of power and governance
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts, debates and theories drawn from the discipline of International Studies to analyse the position of the US within international politics.