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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2006

GOV 360N • America As A Global Power

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37860 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
MEZ B0.306

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Upper-division standing required. This class examines the evolution and sources of American grand strategy. Drawing on historical and contemporary cases, we will consider how international circumstances and domestic politics shape America's geopolitical priorities and how those priorities have changed over the course of the nations history. The class is designed to increase your knowledge of how US foreign policy is made and why Americas leaders pursue the grand strategies they do.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on take-home essays and in-class exams.


John Lewis Gaddis, Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (Harvard 2004) James Mann, Rise of the Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet (Penguin 2004) David Reynolds, From Munich to Pearl Harbor (Ivan Dee 2001)


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