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POL S 160 - American Foreign Policy

5 Credits
Constitutional framework and historical patterns; major factors in formulation and execution of policy; and analysis of actual policy as modified by recent developments.


Quarters Typically Offered

Designed to Serve Any person with an interest in our political system.
Active Date 2011-06-15

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
The emphasis in this course is on both the historical development of American foreign policy and on the processes whereby foreign policy is made. Attention is given to the manner in which such policy has responded to changes in the domestic and international environment, with particular emphasis on the perceptions of Americana policy makers in crisis situations. 1. Introductory terms and concepts (foreign policy, National interest, political system, etc.) 2. History of American foreign policy; the cultural and ideological setting. 3. Problems facing U.S. foreign policy today.

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze and compare different American foreign policy positions and problems.

2. Recall and distinguish introductory concepts in the field of foreign policy.

3. Apply classroom ideas to present-day foreign policy issues.

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