Political Science | United States Foreign Policy
Y360 | 3946 | Rasler
This course analyzes the rise of America=s global leadership during
the post-1945 era, its role in changing the international political
and economic system and the subsequent challenges to that leadership
during the last four decades. The course covers four major issue
areas: a) theories about the origins of the Cold War; b) governmental
institutions and the policy-making process; c) domestic sources of
foreign policy; and d) the future of American foreign policy in a
post-Cold War environment.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be two quizzes (30%); a midterm
examination (30%) and final examination (40%). One week prior to the
quizzes, a take-home list of terms, names and concepts will be
provided to each student. During the quizzes, students will be
expected to identify a set of terms that appear on the take-home
list. The exact number of these terms, etc., will be determined by
Both the midterm and final examinations will require students to
answer a range of essay questions (some will require short responses,
others more lengthy ones). The final examination is cumulative.
There will be no make-up exams without proof of hospitalization.