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Political Science: American Foreign Policy

POLS 151 Z1 (CRN: 60198)

3 Credit Hours

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About POLS 151 Z1

Overview of the United States' involvement with the world. Focuses on the domestic political, institutional, and ideological influences on the formation of policy. Prerequisite: POLS 051.


Fariborz Mokhtari ()


Dates: June 29 - August 7, 2015; Prereq: POLS 051; Sophomores, Jrs and Srs only


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Section Description

This course is a seminar that encourages reading, writing, analytical thinking, and discussion. The concepts of national interest, national security, regional security, stability, international involvement and isolationism, are to be analyzed from various perspectives. Familiarity with the manner in which objectives are defined, evolved, formulated as policy, and implemented by government, is crucial to understanding of foreign policy. The foreign policy process is never linear, for foreign and domestic influences impact it continuously. Finally, the means by which foreign policy is implemented affect the outcome. Students should appreciate such nuances and differentiate goal from policy, and policy from short and long-term results.

Section Expectation

Attendance is essential as class participation is an important determinant in evaluation. Suggested readings are highly recommended for students who may not have had courses in international politics, or are interested in the current U.S. foreign policy challenges. Keeping up with the news, reading a good newspaper daily, enhance thoughtful analytical discussion. Intellectual curiosity is the basic requirement for learning. It is therefore expected and highly appreciated. Please note the date at which the course ends before you plan a vacation or purchase tickets for a family cruise. Please do not ask to shorten the course or request an early exam.


Evaluation of students will be based on class participation, a mid-term, and a final test. Class participation will determine 30 percent of the grade (10% discussion, 20% written statements), mid-term 30 percent, and the final test 40 percent. Class participation may involve addressing foreign policy problems ?as the U.S. Secretary of State,? and discussing them in class. Such problems may be presented once a week, asking students to come to class with a brief three-paragraph statement, as if a memorandum written by the Secretary of State for the President of the United States.


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