• April 11th, 2016

A Critical Review of JFK’s Foreign Policy Role through His Biography

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Comparative Foreign Policy – Coursework:

Task: To Complete a Critical Review of the Foreign Policy role of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) through one of his biography.

Length: 2000 words

Deadline: 1st May 2016

Can students please choose a biography of the 35th President of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s. Can students only choose a formal piece of work in the form of a book (at least officially) by him or where there is a notable number of works outlining his career.

Required readings:

Sorensen, Theodore C., Kennedy: The Classic Biography, (2009, 1965);

Schlesinger, Arthur M. Jr., A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House, (2002)

Students are asked to consider:

(i): providing a short critical assessment of the reflection and performance of JFK as outlined in his biography;

(ii) including (briefly) issues of corroboration and falsification, by examining a wider variety of sources, particularly those from works of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) that have provided external critiques of commentaries of JFK either via a particular analysis of an event, episode or through analysis of the figure.

(iii) provide a short commentary on which FPA approach would be most appropriate to consider aspects of the role of JFK as a foreign policy leader, and what such an approach (FPA) may offer to undertaking such a critical review.

Marking guide:

Demonstrates knowledge of the material (the key readings);

Engages and demonstrates an understanding of literature/sources relevant;

Originality and quality of authors arguments & explanations put forth throughout the essay;

Evidence of balanced critical analysis (critique of the literature used);

Evidence of wider reading and independent study outside of the core literature listed above;

Writing Style (Academic, Clear and Concise, avoids journalistic Language…);

Structure (Signposting between sections, Logical Flow of Essay…);

Presentation (Paragraphs, sub titles, font, spacing, page numbers, word count…).

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