Political Science | International Relations: Theories of US Foreign Policy
Y669 | 20084 | 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.