Competing Visions of Statesmanship – PLCY 802

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

Course Description

This course covers the changing political landscape as impacted by competing political ideologies and worldviews. Students will be introduced to the history of worldview ideas, particularly as related to the modern public policy arena. A Biblical model of statesmanship and statecraft will be applied to these discussions.

Prerequisite

PLCY 700

Rationale

The concepts and ideals of statesmanship are not new and have been passed down from generation to generation since ancient times. However, these concepts and ideals have a paradoxical relationship within the modern state. In the Twentieth-Century the United States of America reached unprecedented heights of global respect and vision as a result of the country’s efforts to rid the world of oppression. Back at home, the Post-World War II era saw tremendous patriotism and selflessness as American statesmen began to shape the future. However, beginning in the 1990s, America’s politics began to be at best underwhelming and at worst damaging to America’s long-term strength and prosperity.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate an understanding of statesmanship.
  2. Explain issues relating to how a leader is viewed as a statesman or not.
  3. Compare and contrast different perspectives on statesmanship and standing among citizens.
  4. Compare major worldviews of statesmanship.
  5. Articulate a biblical worldview perspective toward statesmanship.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, 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 (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 750-800 words and incorporate ideas and citations from all of the required readings and presentations for the assigned module/week in addition to two scholarly sources. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to at least 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words and include citations from the required reading and presentations and at least two scholarly sources. Each thread and reply must follow current Turabian format.

Research Papers (4)

The student will write a 12-14-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on assigned questions. Each paper must be double-spaced and must include citations from relevant readings, presentations, and at least 20 scholarly sources.