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

Spring 2004

GOV 344 • American Foreign Relations

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35080 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Course Description

This course examines the place of the United States in the international system and how it conducts its external relations. It focuses on (1) traditional American conceptions of international politics and its distinctive diplomatic style; (2) the United StatesÂ’ rise to a position of dominance in world affairs; and (3) the multiple challenges it now faces as a global superpower with diverse interests and unique responsibilities. Particular attention is paid the shifts in the aims and methods of American policy since 9/11. The course includes an examination of the domestic political and institutional context for policy-making and statecraft: the separation of powers between the Executive branch and the Congress, the role of non-governmental organizations and the influence of public opinion.

Grading Policy

Course requirements are two mid-term exams and a final exam, graded as: Ist mid-term: 25% 2nd mid-term: 25% Final: 50%


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