American Foreign Policy – GOVT 425

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A course on U.S. foreign policy since 1945. Emphasis is not on a detailed examination of events but rather on the practical use of history for public policy-making and management.

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

As the world’s leading superpower, America bears the responsibility for leadership in the modern world. The first listed aim of Liberty University’s mission speaks of the importance of giving students an understanding of international events. This course seeks to explain how America has exercised its international political role in recent decades and the challenges it faces in doing so in the future.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the nature and purpose of international politics as impacted by the history of American foreign relations.
  2. Distinguish among significant persons, ideas, events, issues, and trends in American foreign relations.
  3. Compare international politics and American foreign relations.
  4. Defend biblical Christian principles with respect to biblical reformation of international politics and American foreign relations.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 3 citations per post. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 200–250 words. Current Turabian format must be used. All threads will also be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

Essays (3)

For each essay, the student will write a 3–5-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on topics that are relevant to the course content. Each essay must include 5–7 citations in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. Each essay will be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

Midterm Essays

The student will write 2 essays on separate topics, submitted as 1 assignment. For each essay, the student will write a 2–3-page research-based paper in current Turabian format. Each essay must include 5–7 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. This assignment will be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

Research Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic related to current events in American foreign policy. The topic must be pre-approved by the instructor via email. The paper must include 7–10 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. This assignment will be submitted through a SafeAssign link in Blackboard.