US Foreign Policy: Friends, Enemies, and Those in Between

Spring 2017

FRPG 2089
Instructor:  James Norminton
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. 
This course fulfills the FYS and SS general education requirements.

Have ever wondered why the U.S. doesn't do more in Syria? How it can fight ISIS? Or, why the U.S. spends more on defense than the next 7 top countries combined, and yet still feels insecure? Perhaps you didn't know that the U.S. used to be BFFs with Iran, so now you wonder how we ended up as enemies?

In this course you will study the ways in which U.S. Foreign Policy is made and then applied around the world. We will focus on US foreign policy from the 20th century onward. You will be asked to put yourself in the shoes of heads of departments like Defense and State as you wrestle with decisions in simulations. You will work with the intelligence assessments the President had, and make decisions on whether or not to go to war. You will research policy issues on real world situations, and work through the process from writing and researching a policy paper, getting approval to develop a new policy option, giving a presentation on your policy option, and then selling it to our class POTUS. This course should be appealing to students interested in politics and international relations. You will learn how to conduct research in the field of political science with an emphasis on foreign policy formation. 

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