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Syllabus PSI 3307
PSI 3307 U.S. Foreign Policy

Instructor: Peter Schimert

Methods: Lecture and discussion.

Goals: To expose the student to the major developments that shaped the foreign policy of the United States after World War II; 2. To increase the student' s ability to understand and explain the Cold War, the nuclear arms race, and American diplomacy during the second half of the twentieth century.

Course Requirements: Each student is expected to attend class regularly, do the assigned readings, contribute to the class discussions, write a short research paper, as well as take the midterm and the final examinations.

Required Reading: Bruce Jentleson, ed., Perspectives on American Foreign Policy: Readings and Cases and Chalmers Johnson, Blowback: the Costs and Consequences of American Empire.

Evaluation: Grades will be determined in the following manner:
  • Attendance and Contributions to the Discussions 20%
  • Midterm Test 30%
  • Research Paper 20%
  • Final Examination 30%
Please Note: This class will be conducted with strict observance of the Honor Code. In order to be graded all written work must include the student' s signature on the honor pledge: "I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid on this work, nor have I knowingly tolerated any violation of the Honor Code."

Schedule of Lectures and Reading Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • U.S. Foreign Policy before 1945
  • The United States and the Soviet Union
  • The Cold War
  • Discussion: Theories, Jentleson, Perspectives (1-31, 63-95)
  • Discussion: Debates, Jentleson, Perspectives (63-95)
  • Discussion: The Cold War, Jentleson, Perspectives (98-129)
  • Midterm Test
  • Discussion: Vietnam, Jentleson, Perspectives (130-158)
  • Discussion: Domestic Influences, Jentleson, Perspectives (159-196)
  • Discussion: The Gulf War, Jentleson, Perspectives (226-253)
  • Discussion: Korea, China, Johnson, Blowback (95-136, 137-174)
  • Discussion: Globalization, Jentleson, Perspectives (254-290)
  • Discussion: New World Order? Jentleson, Perspectives (291-321)
  • Final Examinations
PSI 3307