This course is a survey of U.S. foreign policy. It will focus on the processes, institutions and actors engaged in the creation, advocacy, historical development, enactment and implementation of US foreign policy, accompanied 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.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe key historic events, patterns, and priorities of US foreign policy.
- List primary actors and institutions involved with US foreign policy analysis, planning, and implementation.
- Discuss how and why the theory and practice of international relations matters to foreign policy analysis, planning, and implementation.
- Identify the contemporary nature of foreign policy changes and challenges, whether political, structural-organizational, security, economic, health, or other related.
- Evaluate the policy implications of these changes and challenges for the maintenance of US sovereignty.
- Synthesize foreign policy concepts and themes with a Biblical worldview.
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, 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.
The student will write a 1,250–1,500-word research-based paper in current Turabian 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
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 Turabian format.
The student will write a 1,750–2,000-word research-based paper in current Turabian 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.
The student will write a 1,250–1,500-word essay in current Turabian 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.