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PO 320 American Foreign Policy
Peplow, Marijane


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PO 320 American Foreign Policy

Semester

U1F 2008 MY

Faculty

Peplow, Marijane

Title

Assistant Professor

Daytime Phone

(703) 684-6927

E-Mail

marijane,peplow@park.edu

Semester Dates

26 May - 27 July 2008

Class Days

Mondays-M-----

Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Papp, Daniel S., Loch K. Johnson & John E. Endicott, AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY  HISTORY, POLITICS AND POLICY,  Pearson Longman, 2005

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Course Description:
Contemporary foreign relations of the United States. An analysis of the factors affecting American foreign policy is undertaken. The governmental institutions concerned with development and execution of foreign policy are examined. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The professor's educational philosophy is based on interactive/disputatious learning, i.e. it will engage the student in analytical, appreciative study of the course material via lectures; assigned readings and discussions thereof; quizzes; examinations; dialogues; writings; a term paper; and such other methods as may be suitable to the course material being studied.   All of this to the end that the student may better understand the factors which have influenced, and continue to influence, American foreign policy today, thereby helping the student to become an active and educated participant in the global community we live in.   

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the constitutional structure for making foreign policy.
  2. Describe how the reality of foreign policy making differs from the above.
  3. Describe the historical evolution of foreign policy making in this country.
  4. Compare the theories of foreign policy making.
  5. Discuss issues of defense, use of force, immigration, trade, globalization, the war on terrorism and the war on drugs.
  6. Describe current foreign policy in various regions of the world.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assessment is based on the following:
   1. Attendance
   2. Class participation
   3. Group activities
   4. Oral and written assignments/presentations
   5. Quizzes
   6. Examinations
   7. Preparation of a term paper.  Said paper must be on a subject related to the course.  The subject chosen will be approved by the Professor.  The paper should be prepared in accordance with MLA regulations. Length will depend on the subject matter and the author but an approximate length will be eight to ten pages with a bibliography containing at least six references with three of these being books.  Each student will give a three to five minute oral presentation on his/her paper so that the class may benefit from the expertize of the author of the paper.  If anyone has difficulty in doing an oral report, please speak with the Professor.  

Grading:

Grades will be based on the following items:
   Class participation/assignments.........................35%
   Quizzes............................................................15%
   Paper...............................................................30%
   Final Exam.......................................................20%
   
Letter grades will be calculated as follows:
   93 & above.....................................................A
   80 - 92............................................................B
   70 - 79............................................................C
   60 - 69............................................................D
   Below 60.........................................................F  
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Submissions of late homework, or papers, must be turned in by the next class meeting unless other arrangements are made with the Professor.  Students must talk with the Professor about these arrangements.  Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as illness, temporary duty, etcetera, are excusable; however, the student is responsilbe for making up the work missed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

If a student will be missing classes due to a legitimate reason (See Late Submission of Course Material for details thereon.), plans must be made for assignments, etcetera.  If a student knows that a late arrival in class may occur occasionally, let the Professor know as arriving late in class can be both disruptive and rude.   Cellular phones and pagers, etcetera, are not normally to be turned on in the classroom but students on call for official duty may put theirs on silent mode. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week         Dates        Topics                     Assignments
   1.(*)     May 26     Intro. to class.         Read Chapters 1,2
                               
   2.          June 2      Go over reading.     Read Chapters 3,4
                                Select topics for
                                papers.
 
   3.          June 9      Go over reading.    Read Chapters 5,6
                                Class Quiz
 
   4.          June 16     Go over reading.   Read Chapters 7,8
 
   5.          June 23     Go over reading.   Read Chapters 9,10
 
   6.          June 30      Go over reading.   Read Chapters 11,12
                                   Midterm Exam
 
   7.          July 7         Go over reading.   Read Chapters 13, 14
                                  Start oral present-
                                  ations of papers.
 
    8.         July 14        Go over reading.   Read Chapter 15
                                   Continue papers.
                                   Review for Final. 
 
    9           July 21       FINAL EXAM
 
(*) Memorial Day Holiday.  This class will be made up later.  Instructions will be sent to the class thereon.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:4/28/2008 11:09:54 AM