Political Science | U.S. Foreign Policy
Y360 | 3244 | --


This course analyzes the formation and conduct of U.S. foreign
policy in the post-1945 era. The course will be divided in four
sections as follows: the first section will cover the main
theoretical perspectives on the role of the U.S. as a global leader;
the second section will review the main theoretical approaches
(e.g., rational choice, bureaucratic, psychological models) that
scholars have used to explain the patterns of U.S. foreign policy
decision-making; the third section will be centered on the domestic
sources of U.S. foreign policy; finally, the fourth section will
deal with current U.S. foreign policy issues (e.g., Iraq,
Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, great power competition).
Overall, the ultimate goal of the course is to allow students to
become more conversant with past and present U.S. foreign policy
problems. At the end of the course, students should come away better
prepared to discuss, analyze, and evaluate the main contours of
American foreign policy.