Fall 2021 - POL 445W D100
American Foreign Policy (4)
Class Number: 3815
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
Prerequisites:Eight upper division units in Political Science or permission of the department.
Examines US foreign policy in the post World War II era. Topics to be covered will include the formation of foreign policy, 20th century American security issues, alliance relations, crisis management and international economic relations. Writing.
Has US foreign policy gone back to “normal” now that Donald J. Trump is no longer President of the United States? President Joseph Biden frequently talks about working within a “rules based order.” What does that mean? Does it distinguish Biden’s foreign policy from Trumps or are the differences more cosmetic than real?
This course encourages students to answer questions about current US foreign policy by learning about how the US conducted itself on the world stage in the past and understanding why the US government behaved in these ways. Emphasis is placed on learning how to write clearly and persuasively about US foreign affairs. Course topics include: the global context confronting US foreign policy makers; market influences on US foreign policy; domestic political explanations of US foreign policy; national values and mass attitudes in US foreign policy; bureaucratic influences on US foreign policy; and the perceptions of leaders.
- Weekly essays and assignments 60%
- Foreign policy simulation 10%
- Research project 20%
- In class participation 10%
Kaufman, Joyce P. A concise history of US foreign policy. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
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