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Diplomacy and power: actors in North America

This module provides an advanced introduction to the central issues of diplomacy and power as related to North America.

North America is the only region of the globe where we find a global hegemonic power that far outstrips her immediate neighbours.

This module focuses on the United States of America but is careful not to exclude Canada and Mexico, and the other nations with interests in the region.

The module will investigate how these powers relate to each other and the United States using the themes of diplomacy and power as crosscutting investigatory tools. Moreover, addressing discourse around natural resources, migration and demographics, society and state.

Topics covered

  • The United States Part 1: A Regional Power, and Part 2: Hegemony and the Monroe Doctrine
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • The Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Regional Organisations, including NAFTA and NATO

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature of North American diplomacy and politics.
  • demonstrate a sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches and tools to debates in North American diplomacy and politics.
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of issues in North American diplomacy and politics in historical and contemporary contexts with implications for global policy and governance developments.
  • show a clear understanding of the diplomatic and political landscape in North America, by showing a command of the reading in both formative and summative assessments.


  • E-tivity 1 – Access and Socialisation 0%
  • E-tivity 2 – Library Information retrieval 5%
  • E-tivity 3 – Literature critique (directed) 5%
  • E-tivity 4 – Essay Proposal 15%
  • E-tivity 5 – Literature critique (bespoke) 5%
  • E-tivity 6 – An essay to be electronically submitted as final assessment 70%