This course will examine the leading conceptual approaches to the analysis of American foreign policy and some of the key foreign policy issues in American history, especially in 20th and 21st centuries. The relationship between International Relations Theory and the study of foreign policy will be a central concern of the class.
The course will be conducted as a seminar. Students will be expected to complete the readings assigned for each session prior to each class meeting and to participate actively in class discussions. One (or more) students (depending on the size of the class) will be assigned responsibility for reviewing the required readings orally during each session prior to the general discussion. Quizzes will be held at random.Presentations should be critical and comparative. A bare-bones outline of the argument developed by the author(s) should be presented briefly (8 minutes) and then critiqued (2 minutes). Each presentation should identify the theoretical focus, methodological approach and the major substantive conclusions of the work(s) discussed. Everyone should choose 3 out of all the presentations to write reports and submit them for grading at the end of the semester.
- Teacher: 绍铎 张