U.S. Foreign Policy and Sovereignty Issues – PPOL 652

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

U.S. Foreign Policy and Sovereignty Issues specifically analyzes the history and current status of United States foreign policy, particularly as it affects American Sovereignty and the health, welfare, and protection of American citizens.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The United States is legitimately sovereign not because of a ruler’s decree. In America, the will of the people reigns. This course will delve into the role of government in securing the well-being of the nation both domestically and via our international dealings.

Course Assignment

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 at least 800 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 at least 500 words.

The student will summarize and reflect on the main principles of the assigned Herring readings in every Module: Week. The student must critique ideas in light of a biblical worldview. The summaries must be at least 100–125 words, and the reflections must be at least 150–200 words.

After reading Simons et al. and Richard Payne, the student will write two 5–7-page papers on the information in the books. Both papers will be divided into 4 sections. For the first section of each paper, the student will summarize the book. In the second and third sections of each paper, the student will critique and evaluate the book. In the final section, the student will apply the reading in the book to a current event in Public Policy. In the final section, the student must do more than identify a current issue and state how the book relates to the issue. The student must provide background on the issue, note the relevant themes in the book, clearly analyze the issue in light of themes from each book, and provide a policy recommendation.