2008F_3961_Farnham - SEMINAR ON FOREIGN POLICY...

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SEMINAR ON FOREIGN POLICY DECISION-MAKING w3961 Professor Barbara Farnham Fall 2008 1338 IAB Thurs 4:10-6:00 Office hours: Weds 2-4 1302 IAB e-mail: bf66 How can we account for the foreign policies of states in the international system? Why do they behave the way they do? This seminar focuses on a critical examination of the major explanations for foreign policy outcomes. Our main emphasis is on decision-making. However, we will begin with explanations operating at other levels of analysis, such as the international system and domestic politics. We then explore decision-making explanations, including those derived from cognitive and social psychology, theories of motivation and personality, the impact of the political context, and the role of group dynamics. Throughout, we will be looking at these different approaches in the light of actual episodes taken largely, but not exclusively, from American foreign policy. Prerequisites : All students must have taken the introductory course in international politics. Requirements : 1. Participation in class discussion . Students are expected to attend all seminar meetings and participate in the discussion by contributing informed questions and comments and responding constructively to those of others. Note that seminars differ from other classes with mid-term and final exams in that it is not possible to skip readings and do them all at once before the exam. Your only chance to contribute the discussion of the readings is during the class for which they are assigned. 2. Introduce readings from one or two week's selections and lead class discussion. 3. Prepare a research paper (approximately 30 pp). This will be based on a short research proposal (2 pp, double spaced) and a preliminary bibliography (1p) to be discussed with me in individual meetings. Proposals are due October 9 and meetings will be scheduled for the following week. Papers are due December 10 by 5pm. Extensions will be given only in cases of emergency (family emergency, documented illness, etc.) Late papers will be will be marked down. Those who would like to have comments should provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope (home address ).
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2 4. A brief presentation of your preliminary findings to the class (no more than 15 minutes). This should be based on a research note specifying the question you are exploring, your hypothesis, the evidence on which it is based, the main competing explanations, and what is left to do to complete the paper ( 4-5 pp, double spaced and numbered ). To ensure that your presentation is polished and conversational and that it fits within 15 minutes, you should practice your remarks in advance. The research note will serve as the basis for discussion and must be distributed to class members no later than October 30 . It need not have formal footnotes but should include a bibliography and some indication of your sources Grading : Class participation 20% Presentation of readings 10% Research paper and discussion 70%
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