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

Spring 2006

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37670 MWF
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
MEZ B0.306

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once. This is an introductory course to transatlantic relations designed to provide students with theoretical frameworks to critically think about the relations between the United States and Europe at this defining moment in history. The course contains four main parts, each regarding a separate dimension of this strategic relationship. The first part of the course will provide a historical background of U.S.-European relations in order to help students better evaluate the current developments on both sides of the Atlantic. It will also provide students with the theoretical tools necessary to analyze this relationship. The second part will address different items on the transatlantic agenda such as the transatlantic trade, genetically engineered foods, global warming, International Criminal Court, NATO, etc. The third part of the course will concentrate on the transatlantic crisis over Iraq. It will introduce students to perspectives from both the U.S. and Europe. The final part of the class will address questions about the future of transatlantic relations through a discussion of the ramifications of developments underway in Europe such as the EU Constitution and eastern enlargement. By the end of the course, students should not only have a better understanding of the U.S. foreign policy toward Europe, but they should also be better equipped with the analytical tools necessary to be insightful interpreters of transatlantic relations.

Grading Policy

Class Participation and quizzes: 20% Midterm Exam I: 25% Midterm Exam II: 25% Exam III: 30%

The grading scale is as follows: A=90 and above; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=59 and below.


Items listed under weekly section headings are required. Books, articles and other items listed in recommended sections are suggested for further research. The following books are available at the Co-op for purchase: Gordon, Philip H., and Jeremy Shapiro. Allies at War: America, Europe, and the Crisis over Iraq. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004. Kagan, Robert. Of Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Nye, Joseph S. Jr. The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Cant Go It Alone. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Course Packet available through Blackboard.


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