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

Fall 2004

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37220 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
FAC 21

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for government. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once.

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

Your 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.


Stephen Ambrose and Douglas Brinkley, Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, 8th ed. (Penguin 1997) Peter Trubowitz, Defining the National Interest: Conflict and Change in American Foreign Policy, (Chicago 1998).


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