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

Spring 2007

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38640 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
MEZ 1.306

Course Description

Fulfills half of the legislative requirement for government (three of six credit hours). How do presidents choose their foreign policies? What role do domestic political considerations play in their decisions and how do they reconcile them with geopolitical imperatives? This class probes these and related questions by examining the foreign policy behavior of presidents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to George W. Bush. The course is designed to increase your knowledge of presidential decision-making and to help you think systematically and critically about the forces that shape the nation's foreign policy.

Grading Policy

You are required to do all readings listed on the syllabus, attend all course meetings, take 3 multiple-choice exams, and complete 6 one-page article (or book chapter) reviews.


John Lewis Gaddis, Strategies of Containment (2005) P. Edward Haley, Strategies of Dominance (2006) Course packet


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