Political Science | US Foreign Policy
Y360 | 6658 | Adrian Florea


This course analyzes the formation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy
after WWII. 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
(great power competition, nuclear proliferation). Overall, the course
has three primary goals: 1) to offer students the opportunity to
become more conversant with past and present U.S. foreign policy
problems; 2) to provide students the opportunity to develop their
analytical and writing skills; 3) to heighten studentsí intellectual
curiosity. At the end of the course, students should come away better
prepared to discuss, analyze, and evaluate the main contours of
American foreign policy.