This course is a survey of U.S. foreign policy. It will focus on the processes, institutions and actors engaged in the creation, advocacy, development, enactment, and implementation of foreign policy, followed by a discussion of several contemporary foreign policy issues.
How one thinks about, formulates, and implements US foreign policy becomes increasingly critical for policy planners, analysts, and practitioners. The fast changing nature of geopolitical security alignments, hegemonic challengers, state capabilities, economic interdependence, cyber and conventional warfare, terror networks, and WMD capabilities all require skilled policy professionals able to integrate, if not coordinate, US policy efforts across a spectrum of opportunities and threats faced by the US today.
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 400–500 words in current APA format, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 1 external source in addition to the text. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words in current APA format.
Essay Assignments (3)
The student will write a 1,250–1,500-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on the topic relevant to the course readings for the module in which it is located and all previous learning. Each paper must include at least 5–7 outside scholarly references in addition to the course textbook, 1 relevant presentation citation from the assigned Module: Week, and the Bible.
Research and Reflection Paper Assignment
This paper will be developed in 3 Parts: Topic Selection, Annotated Bibliography and the Final Paper Submission.
The student will choose a topic and submit it along with a 1–3-sentence rationale for that topic’s relevance in the form of a short answer open book/open note, untimed 1-question quiz. Based on instructor feedback and/or approval, the student can work to refine and/or continue forward with the topic he/she selected.
The student will complete an Annotated Bibliography of 7–8 outside scholarly resources. Annotations must not exceed 100 words and must provide a brief rationale why the resource is applicable. The Annotated Bibliography must be completed in current APA format.
The student will write a 1,750–2,000-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a pre-selected topic approved by the instructor. The paper must include at least 7–8 outside scholarly references in addition to the course textbook, 1 relevant presentation citation from the assigned Module: Week, and the Bible.
Midterm Essay Assignment
The student will write a 1,250–1,500-word essay in current APA format that focuses on the topic selected from the course readings, presentations, and other sources for the module in which it is located. The paper must include at least 5–7 outside scholarly references in addition to the course textbook, 1 relevant presentation citation from the assigned Module: Week, and the Bible.