Political Science | International Relations: American Foreign Policy
Y669 | 20664 | Rasler

This course covers the important and divergent approaches to American
Foreign Policy.  We will look at several levels of analysis to
investigate these theories: the international environment, the nature
of the state and the workings of domestic politics, the level of
bureaucracy and finally, the decision-making level.  We will ask what
each theoretical framework is trying to explain, what forces or
causal mechanisms are at work, what claims are generalizable, and
finally, what normative principles underlie the prescriptions for
American foreign policy.  In addition to the reading and seminar
discussion, students will be required to write a research paper on an
American foreign policy problem or event(s) utilizing at least one
theoretical approach.