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Instructor: Michael Dennis Place: WEL 1.316 Office: 3.122 MEZ Time: 10:00am-11:30am Phone: 512-590-0440 Unique #: 85345 Office Hours: Monday, 12:00pm-1:30pm; Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm Email: [email protected] TA: Huseyin Alptekin TA: Jon Lewallen Office: Batts 1.118 Batts 1.118 Phone: 512-471-5121 512-471-5121 Email: [email protected] [email protected] Office hours: Monday, 12.00 pm -3.00 pm Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:30 pm GOV 312L: ISSUES AND POLICIES IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT - RUSSIAN-AMERICAN RELATIONS This course will examine how international relations affect American politics through a detailed examination of the relationship between the United States and Russia. During the Cold War, stability and crisis in the international order were largely determined by the relationship between the two great superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. Now that the Cold War has ended and the Soviet Union has dissolved, the United States and the rest of the world faces new adversaries and challenges, in particular an emergent “war on terror.” We will be comparing the current international environment with the Cold War in an attempt to make better sense of both eras. The course will be divided into three parts: 1) a historical examination of the origins and operating assumptions of the Cold War; 2) an examination of the end of the Cold War; and 3) an examination of the opportunities and challenges inherent in the post-Cold War world. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Any student who does not complete all of the requirements will receive a failing grade. The written work in the class will consist of two exams and a take-home essay. All exams will cover both lectures and readings. The essay will be based on class material and not require outside research. Please note the date of assignments. No make-up or early exams will be given except for compelling reasons such as a medical emergency with a doctor’s note. Academic dishonesty is treated very seriously and will be dealt with according to University guidelines. All written work is to be done individually. Grades will be assigned as follows: First mid-term exam 30% Second mid-term exam 25% Take-home essay 30% Participation 15% Participation will be determined by attendance (to be determined by sporadic in-class quizzes). Questions and comments are also welcomed during lecture.
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COURSE MATERIALS: One book has been ordered for purchase through the University Co-op: John Lewis Gaddis, We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997). A course packet containing readings marked by an asterisk (*) is also available for purchase at Paradigm UT ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES Students with disabilities : Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259, http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd/ Scholastic Dishonesty ...includes but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion,
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