GOV 312L • issues and Policies in American Government
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
There are several concepts of "regime change." This course focuses on national political-social change wrought by external forces. Ongoing instability in Iraq highlights our core question: To what extent can the United States impose a new political system and reorder another society? With an eye toward the current occupation of Iraq, we will address this question comparatively and historically, beginning with post-Civil War Southern Reconstruction before advancing to the complexities of Iraqi Reconstruction. The material for this timely subject is vast and the reading load will be substantial, approximately 100 pages per week. A number of films will also be assigned, either for in-class or outside viewing.
Grades will be based on weekly quizzes on the readings (40%), three brief response papers (20%), and two exams (20% each).
William Appleman Williams, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy (1972). Tony Smith, America's Mission (1994). Course packet.