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

Summer 2009

GOV S312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84675 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
WEL 2.122

Course Description

This course provides a theoretical and empirical consideration of US foreign policy through its history of humanitarian intervention. The course will analyze U.S. foreign policy goals and actions in the 20th and 21st century, examining the circumstances where the US has acted or not acted, either in rhetoric or deed, to achieve humanitarian goals.

We will consider theoretical perspectives of how foreign policy decisions are made for systemic, domestic, and individual reasons, pairing the theory with US policies toward the Ottoman Empire, Cambodia, Rwanda, Kosovo, and Iraq.

Grading Policy

Midterm Exam: 25% Final Exam: 60% Quizzes: 15%


Karen A. Mingst (2007), Essentials of International Relations, 4th edition. W.W. Norton & Co. Samantha Power (2007), A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, Harper Perennial. Philip Gourevitch (1999), We Wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families: Stories from Rwanda, Picador. Coursepacket


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