PSCI 3500 - Assignments




     PSCI 3500

     AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

     

     ASSIGNMENTS

Assignments


All assignments are due at 11:59 pm on the due date. Assignments should be uploaded to the relevant elearning dropbox and should always be in one of the following formats: docx, doc, pdf, or odt. 


Assignment #1: The national interest. Due 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 13. 


What is the US national interest in the world? Notice that I use the word "the," and do not ask about national interests in the plural. Yes, you must settle on one, however broad or narrow you choose to be. This is not a research assignment, although you're welcome (and encouraged) to do some poking on the net. But this is primarily a think piece. If you live in the US, think of it as "our national interest," whereas if you are an international student, consider the question from afar, that is, from the outside looking in (notwithstanding the fact that you are currently here). 


Write no more than 300-400 words, double-spaced with only your name and the words "Assignment #1" at the top. Pay attention to writing quality (I will). In addition to writing quality, I will judge your paper on whether and how you make the case for the priority you choose. 


I'm tempted to write that your choice of priority is not important, but then someone may write that our top national interest is, say, drinking more beer. Whatever you choose, it should be relevant. 



 


Assignment #2: Are you a realist or a liberal? Due 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 27.


Now that you've studied realism and liberalism, where are your inclinations? I realize you may find elements of each compelling, but if so I want to know which way you lean more. And most importantly, why? What do you find persuasive about it?

 

Write 300-400 words, double-spaced with only your name and the words "Assignment #2" at the top. Pay attention to writing quality (we will). In addition to writing quality, we will judge your paper on how well you justify your choice. 



Assignment #3: Foreign policy in the election campaign. Due 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 18.


Pick one of the foreign policy issues that are being discussed by the Trump and Biden campaigns and research both campaign's positions. What are the differences in their positions? Do they share any goals for addressing the issue? Which do you find the most persuasive and why?

 

Write 500-600 words (<-- note the length this time), double-spaced with only your name and the words "Assignment #3" at the top. Pay attention to writing quality (we will). You will be graded on whether you address all three questions.


Assignment #4: Our great power competition. Due 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 1.


Pick one of our great power competitors, Russia or China. In your view, what are the two biggest threats that it represents to our national interests? What is our most effective strategy for countering those threats?

 

Write 300-400 words, double-spaced with only your name and the words "Assignment #4" at the top. Pay attention to writing quality (we will). In addition to writing quality, we will judge your paper on whether your assessments and strategies are plausible.



Assignment #5: Rogue states. Due 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 8.


Given what you've learned this week about North Korea and Iran, which camp has the most persuasive strategy for dealing with rogue states such as them: the realists or the liberals?

 

Write 300-400 words, double-spaced with only your name and the words "Assignment #5" at the top. Pay attention to writing quality (we will). In addition to writing quality, we will judge your paper on how well you make the case.


Assignment #6: Cyberwarfare. Due 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 22.


How do we best protect our national security from cyber threats?

 

Write 300-400 words, double-spaced with only your name and the words "Assignment #4" at the top. Pay attention to writing quality (we will). In addition to writing quality, we will judge your paper on how well you support your position.