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

Spring 2006

GOV 360N • Foreign Policy Decision Making

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37866 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
MEZ 1.306
Kessler

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Upper-division standing required. Why do political leaders make the foreign policy decisions that they do? What distinquishes "good" decision making from "bad"? Are there "lessons from history" for makers of contemporary foreign policy. We address competing theoretical models of decision making and critically evaluate their insights into major foreign policy crises of the 20th Century. This course is designed for undergraduate Government majors with an interest in international politics, foreign affairs, and public policy. Previous coursework in international relations and/or American foreign policy is assumed.

Grading Policy

This course requires regular attendance, reading, and participation. Grades are based on: attendance and participation -- 10% reaction papers -- 30% midterm -- 30% final --30%

Texts

Readings: Allison and Zelikow, Essence of Decision, 2nd ed. Others TBA

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