PSCI 3500 - Schedule

  PSCI 3500

  AMERICAN FOREIGN

  POLICY


  SCHEDULE OF TOPICS

  AND ASSIGNMENTS

Schedule of Topics and Assignments


Week #1: Wednesday, September 2 to Sunday, September 6: Introduction to the course. The national interest.

  • Elearning videos:
    • Guide to week #1.
    • Welcome!
    • Course content.
    • Course policies and requirements.
    • The national interest.
    • Assignment #1.
  • Read:
    • AFP (the assigned course text by Jentleson), "The strategic context: foreign policy strategy and the essence of choice," 2-24.


Week #2: Monday, September 7 to Sunday, September 13: Competing perspectives on international relations and foreign policy.

  • Elearning videos:
    • Guide to week #2.

    • Realism I.

    • Realism II.
    • Realism III.
    • Liberalism I.
    • Liberalism II.
    • Realism vs liberalism.
    • Definitions I.
    • Definitions II.
  • Read:
    • AFP 216-219, John Mearsheimer, "Realism."

    • Henry Kissinger, "Henry Kissinger on the assembly of a new world order," Wall Street Journal (August 29, 2014).

    • AFP 220-224, Robert Keohane, "Governance in a partially globalized world."

    • AFP 598-600, John Ikenberry, "Liberal internationalism."

  • Quiz 1 (deadline September 11):
    • Course policies. You'll find all quizzes on elearning. Deadline: Friday night at 11:59 pm on September 11. You can refer to the course policies page during the quiz, but there is a ten-minute time limit. So it will likely pay off if you read them carefully first. 


    Week #3: Monday, September 14 to Sunday, September 20: Hard and soft power. Isolationism and engagement.

    • Elearning videos:
      • Guide to week #3.
      • Hard and soft power I.

      • Hard and soft power II.

      • Isolationism.

      • Engagement.
      • Definitions III.
    • Read:
      • AFP (the assigned course text by Jentleson), "Isolationism vs Internationalism," 100-104.
      • Michael Cecire, "The limits of soft power," The National Interest.
    • Quiz 2 (deadline September 20). 
      • All assigned material for this week. You'll find all quizzes on elearning. Deadline: Sunday night at 11:59 pm on September 20. The quiz has a time limit of 15 minutes.


      Week #4: Monday, September 21 to Sunday, September 27: How American foreign policy is made.

      • Elearning videos:
        • Guide to week #4.
        • How foreign policy is made I.
        • How foreign policy is made II.
        • How foreign policy is made IIII.
        • Assignment #2.
      • Read:
        • AFP (the assigned course text by Jentleson) ch 2, 27-53, "The domestic context: the three branches and the process of choice.
        • AFP ch 3, 56-85, "The domestic context: interest groups, media, and public opinion."
      • Assignment #2 (due September 27):


      Week #5: Monday, September 28 to Sunday, October 4: The Cold War and its lasting impact.

      • Elearning videos:
        • Guide to week #5.
        • The Cold War I: Containment, domino theory, and proxy wars.
        • The Cold War II: The arms race.
        • The Cold War III: Detente and rapprochement. 
        • The Cold War IV: "The evil empire" and the decline of communism.
        • The Cold War V: The debacle of Vietnam.
        • The Cold War VI: The legacy.
        • Neoliberalism.
      • Read:
        • AFP 133-136, "Peace: international institutionalism and the United Nations."
        • AFP 136-146, "Power: nuclear deterrence and containment."
        • AFP 146-150, "Principles: ideological bipolarity and the Third World 'ABC' approach."
        • AFP ch 6 (167-212), "The Cold War context: lessons and legacies."
      • Quiz 3 (deadline October 4). 
        • This week's assigned videos and the text reading. You'll find all quizzes on elearning. Deadline: Sunday night at 11:59 pm on October 4. The quiz has a time limit of 15 minutes.


      Week #6: Monday, October 5 to Sunday, October 11: Exam I. Study guide (to be activated the end of the week before).


      Week #7: Monday, October 12 to Sunday, October 18: Hegemony and the unipolar world (the 1990s). Neoconservatism and the Iraq War.

      • Elearning videos:
        • Guide to week #7.
        • Hegemony and the unipolar world I.
        • Hegemony and the unipolar world II.
        • Neoconservatism.
        • The Iraq War.
        • Definitions IV.


        Week #8: Monday, October 19 to Sunday, October 25: Terrorism and the War on Terror.

        • Quiz 4 (deadline October 25). 
          • This week's assigned videos (2) and the Thrall and Goepner article. You'll find all quizzes on elearning. Deadline: Sunday night at 11:59 pm on October 25. The quiz has a time limit of 15 minutes.


        Week #9: Monday, October 26 to Sunday, November 1: Great power politics and American foreign policy.

        • Elearning videos:
          • Guide to week #9.
          • Great power competition.
          • US-Russian relations.
          • US-China relations.
          • The Russia-China axis (of sorts).
        • Read:
          • AFP 520-531, "Russia: friend, competitor, adversary?"
          • AFP 419-434, "China: cooperation, competition, confrontation?"


        Week #10: Monday, November 2 to Sunday, November 8: The Middle East. Rogue states.

        • Elearning videos:
          • Guide to week #10.
          • Israel and Palestine.
          • The Persian Gulf.
          • The Arab Spring.
          • Rogue states: Iran and North Korea.
        • Watch:
        • Read:
          • AFP 483-490, "The Arab-Israeli conflict" and "Arab Spring: power and principles."
          • AFP 457-459, "The 1990–91 Persian Gulf War.
          • AFP 437-441, "North and South Korea."
          • AFP 481-483, "Iran."


        Week #11: Monday November 9 to Sunday, November 15: Exam II. Study guide (to be activated the end of the week before).

        • Elearning video:
          • Guide to exam II.


        Week #12: Monday November 16 to Sunday, November 22. The current and future state of warfare.


        Week #13: Thanksgiving week (Monday, November 23 to Sunday, November 29): No assignments.


        Week #14: Monday, November 30 to Sunday, December 6: US policy on the environment. Human rights.

        • Quiz 5 (deadline December 6). 
          • This week's assigned reading. You'll find all quizzes on elearning. Deadline: Sunday night at 11:59 pm on December 6. The quiz has a time limit of 15 minutes.


        Week #15: Monday, December 7 to Saturday, December 12: to be determined.