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GOVT 340 : U.S. Foreign Policy

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
U.S. Foreign Policy
A survey of the evolution of present American foreign policy, stressing the factors that affect and shape this policy. Attention is given to present governmental offices, agencies, and departments and the role each plays in policy formulation and implementation. Emphasis is on the period since World War II.

This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the heritage of our nation’s foreign policy, the processes involved in the formation and implementation of policy. They should be cognizant of the people and events involved and the environment in which these factors occur. The student is expected to be able to trace trends and patterns in today’s events from situations and policy decision of the past, as well as to demonstrate a reasonable ability to determine and recognize cause and effect. Philosophy as well as mechanics is emphasized.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate in written work, a general knowledge of the international environment in which American foreign policy must function and to which it must respond.

2. List, describe, compare and/or identify in writing, the philosophical elements which determine the American national character or national ethos.

3. Explain how foreign policy is made and the role of the major actors.

4. Identify, compare, contrast and demonstrate knowledge of the regional and other national forces which impinge on this nation’s policies and behaviors.

5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historic backgrounds involved in our varied approaches to policy formulation; demonstrate the ability to do basic research in the foreign policy field by writing a paper on any one of a broad list of topics, which in turn indicate the abilities to follow basic procedures of research and to integrate the results of such research in a lucid, articulate, written presentation.

6. Identify key dates, treaties, officials, events and policies in US Foreign Policy (USFP).

7. Understand basic ideologies and methods of studying foreign policy.

8. Understand recurrent issues, threats, and opportunities in the history of USFP.

9. Develop educated opinions as to the present and future trends in USFP.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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1-14 General Education PO1 - Apply knowledge of college level mathematics to defining and solving problems;
PO2 - Apply statistical methods in the analysis and interpretation of data for the purpose of drawing valid conclusions relating to the solutions of problems;
PO3 - Communicate ideas in written form in both technical and non-technical areas;
PO4 - Communicate ideas in non-written form, such as through oral presentations or visual media;
PO5 - Recognize the importance of professional, ethical and social responsibility;
PO6 - Understand the natural world, to include the impact of the environment on aerospace operations and aerospace operations on the environment, as well as everyday life and professional experiences;
PO7 - Use digitally-enabled technology to organize and manipulate data, perform calculations, aid in solving problems, and communicate solutions, ideas, and concepts;
PO8 - Use scientific information in critical thinking and decision-making processes;
PO9 - Function on multi-cultural and/or multi-disciplinary teams;
PO10 - Apply economic principles to identify, formulate, and solve problems within professional and personal environments;
PO11 - Identify and participate in professional and personal development activities through organizations and self-directed learning;
PO12 - Understand contemporary issues in society
PO13 - Recognize the complexity and diversity of the human experience, including cultural, aesthetic, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions;
PO14 - Conduct and report research in accordance with professional standards.
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