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

Spring 2004

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34960 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CPE 2.214

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. We will examine the crumbling pillars of our traditional policies of containing communism, protecting oil and other U.S. interests, promoting Israel, and trying to reconcile conflicts among these goals in the full glare of domestic American politics. Camp David, Irangate, U.S. interventions in Lebanon, Libya, and in two Gulf Wars will be reviewed. The occupation of Iraq, economic sanctions to contain Iran and Libya, and support for the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians will be analyzed in light of U.S. national interests and foreign policy decision-making processes. Students will learn about these processes in class and through computer conferencing with each other as well as with the instructor and the teaching assistant. Policy Research Activities You will be expected to contribute to two bulletin boards on Blackboard, the general class discussion and a specific policy problem area (such as preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or promoting the peace process in the Middle East).

Grading Policy

Grading criteria: Midterm 20% Attendance and pop quizzes 15% Virtual class participation (chat) 10% Policy research 15% Final identifications exercise 20% Final take-home essay 20%


Texts to be updated – here were last year’s (*=required reading) *Fawaz A. Gerges, America and Political Islam, Cambridge UP, 1999 *Samuel P. Huntington, Clash of Civilizations Debate, Foreign Affairs reprints. *George Lenczowski, American Presidents and the Middle East (Duke U. Press, 1990) *John W. Spanier and Eric M. Uslaner, American Foreign Policy Making and the Democratic Dilemmas, 6th edition (Macmillan, 1994)


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