PolSci%20255%20Syllabus%202010%20final - Political Science...

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Political Science 255: American Foreign Policy UMass Amherst, Spring 2010 Herter 231 Teaching Assistants: Nate Kraft: nbkraft@gmail.com Sam Stoddard: svs413@yahoo.com Laura Reed Office: Thompson 224 Phone: 545-3678; 320-3021 (cell) Email: lreed@polsci.umass.edu Office Hours: Mon 11 am-1 pm; Thurs 12:30-5 pm; and by appointment Course Description This course will explore the main themes, issues and controversies in the formulation and conduct of American foreign policy. Part I will examine the strategic and domestic context of American foreign policy. Part II will explore the evolution of American foreign policy since World War II, with special emphasis on national security policy. Part III will address some of the primary challenges facing the United States in the 21 st century. The principle aim of the course is to introduce you to diverse analytical frameworks through which to understand and evaluate American foreign policy. Assignments are designed to help you become: conversant with significant institutions, actors, and historical developments; informed about the key concepts and enduring debates in the field; and, ultimately, empowered to make informed analyses and judgments about current challenges in U.S. foreign policymaking. Course Requirements (20%) Class attendance and participation. Attendance is required and students are expected to complete the assigned readings in advance of classes and sections. In sections, students will take turns leading discussion and will present a short (1 page) brief on a specific topic of interest. In addition to the required textbook (Bruce Jentleson, American Foreign Policy, 3 rd edition), assigned readings are available through SPARK, the World Wide Web, and at the W.E.B. DuBois Library. In section, students will also participate in a simulation examining the consequences of U.S. oil dependence. This exercise will require independent research to develop a briefing memo, collaborative work in teams outside of class, as well as attendance during the week-long simulation. Students will be evaluated on the basis of the initial briefing memo and successful collaboration in the deliberations. For more information, see: www.oilshockwave.com. (20%) Midterm exam, March 11. The midterm exam will be held in class and will be made up of short identifications and one essay question, covering required readings and lectures. (30%) Position Paper, due April 15. This position paper (5-8 typewritten pages) should present a clear and concise argument that uses evidence from a variety of sources. A short summary of your proposed topic and plan of research (including a bibliography) is due in section during the week of March 23. Please note: this position paper must also be submitted to “Turnitin” on the SPARK Course Website in order to receive credit. No late papers will be accepted without a documented medical or family emergency. Paper Topic:
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