Title: American Foreign Policy (790:319:B6)

Instructor: Patrick Shea

Instructor’s E-mail: patrickeshea@hotmail.com

Days, Times, Location: Session I (05/31/2011-07/08/2011); MW 6:00-10:20pm; CDL-103 DC

Office Hours: TBD

Synopsis: This course is a survey of basic concepts, theoretical debates, and issues in U.S. Foreign Policy. Inevitably, we will encounter a number of difficult questions: What factors determine the use of American force? How do American foreign policy processes work? Who are the influential players in policy making? Why is the U.S. often reluctant to engage in international economic and environmental cooperation? How can we explain past crises in American history? Will there be a World War III? What can the U.S. do to prevent it? This course is designed to help you answer these questions (and others) regarding the major international problems facing U.S. policy makers and citizens.

Accordingly, we will study:

-          Several theories about foreign policy. In social science, theories are rough guides that help us identify patterns in history. This allows us to (roughly) diagnose problems, predict the future, and propose solutions.

-          The U.S. foreign policy process, including the President, Congress, the bureaucracy, the media, public opinion, and individual factors. Theories and process constitute the first half of the course.

-          The history of U.S. foreign policy.

-          Several major issue current areas, including war, terrorism, trade and economics, and the environment.




Paper(s) (option: 2 shorter papers or 1 longer paper).