Foreign Policy, Globalization, and Statesmanship – PLCY 801

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

Course Description

This course provides an overview of foreign policy perspectives and components. The impact and interplay of nation-states in various historical eras is compared to today’s era of globalization. Statesmanship is discussed in the realm of foreign policy, and special attention is paid to the history of American foreign policy.

Prerequisite

PLCY 700

Rationale

It is vital to examine historical eras of foreign policy from the founding days of the American Republic through the Cold War period to the Modern era.  Learning from the past historical eras can help us approach modern foreign policy challenges. The promotion of freedom and the preservation of America’s national interests are key goals of US foreign policy and policy makers must understand the different worldviews influencing foreign policy decision making.  A biblical worldview assessment of globalization, geopolitics, political economy, war and diplomacy and political economy will inform a skilled foreign policy professional. American values and beliefs have impacted the evolution of the US foreign policy making process. It is important to deepen our knowledge and understanding of statesmanship and leadership in foreign policy. Scholars should deepen their analytical skills and substantive knowledge in order to generate and evaluate research.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate models of foreign policy decision-making and compare the utility of foreign policy tools for managing foreign policy problems.
  2. Compare and contrast presidential administrations in terms of foreign policy.
  3. Analyze and discuss the roles of the political parties, bipartisanship, public opinion, executive branch, legislative branch, interest groups and the media in US foreign policy.
  4. Explain a multifaceted appreciation for the complexity and paradoxical nature of globalization debate as it affects the poor and the global Christian church and the role of an international organization to achieve goals.
  5. Describe the historical roots and contemporary expressions of globalization.
  6. Analyze the historical trajectory and aims of American foreign policy and the forces and concerns that have shaped it.
  7. Evaluate an issue of importance in US diplomacy and put it into the format of a policy memorandum.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words.

Research Paper

The student will write a 12–15-page double-spaced research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a comparison and contrast of the Jefferson and Polk presidential administrations regarding foreign policy. The paper must include at least 7–8 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Book Review

You will write a 6–8-page critique (not including the title page and bibliography) on Zimmerman’s First Great Triumph, which should include the following sections: Introduction, Summary, Critique, Personal Response and Conclusion.

International Organization Project

The student will write a 5–7-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the missions strategy and foreign policy related programs of the organization.

Policy Memorandum

The student will write a memorandum of 12–15 pages, double-spaced, directed at high-level U.S. foreign policymakers in which they analyze an issue of importance in US diplomacy.