Course Description

This course examines the interests, actors, institutional structures, processes, and circumstances that shape the pursuit of the U.S. “national interest” in the global system. Students will examine various theories about U.S. foreign policy, with special attention to the areas of international security, economic cooperation, aid, and disaster relief. For example, what are the goals of the United States in relation to the rest of the world, and are these goals determined more by interests or by ideals? What are the forces that shape the making and implementation of U.S. foreign policy? How do these differ across political parties and presidential administrations? What are the mechanisms available to the United States in pursuing its goals in the international arena?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:The overarching objective of this course is to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in applying theory to a real world subject matter, so that students are able to effectively contribute to the study and practice of international relations and world affairs.Specifically, this course will enhance students’ familiarity with the study and processes of U.S. foreign policy making.