PO320 American Foreign Policy

for F1T 2010

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PO 320 American Foreign Policy


F1T 2010 DL


Watras, Kenneth A.


Adjunct Professor


M.A., Boston University, International Relations
M.A., Norwich University, Military History
B.A., Ohio State, Political Science; Park University, History

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McCormick, James (2010). American Foreign Policy & Process. 5th ed. Boston, MA:
Wadsworth Cengage Learning. 

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Course Description:
PO 320 American Foreign Policy: 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:
Course material is presented using a variety of methods including lecture, required readings, discussion, and multimedia. Students are evaluated based on competency standards and demonstrated improvement in written assignments, discussion, and exams.

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:

Each discussion response must contain a detailed analysis of the scholarly issues in the text and/or assigned websites, at least 100 words, and a parenthetical citation in APA format. A References list for a discussion response is optional when using only the text. Include a References list when using assigned online references and any external sources.

Each peer response must thoughtfully respond to a classmate's response regarding a scholarly issue of foreign policy and contain at least 25 words.

Each assignment essay must include 2-3 pages of substantive analysis, include parenthetical citations and a References page in APA format, and use double spacing, 12-pitch, preferably Times Roman, font.

The term paper must include detailed analysis, integrate 5 or more scholarly sources, credit sources using parenthetical citations or footnotes (depending on the format), and contain 5 or more pages of analysis, plus a References page in APA or Chicago format. The References page is in addition to the 5 full page minimum.

Note: The overwhelming majority of your responses and assignment essays must be in your own words. If you quote, do so sparingly and explain how the quote supports your argument. Enclose any quoted excerpts from a source or sources in quotation marks and credit the source(s) with a parenthetical citation. Also credit the source of paraphrased information using a parenthetical citation or footnote depending on the format. The use of online scholarly sources in Doc Sharing is permissible. Consult a writing guide for guidance and samples of APA formatted citations and References page. The use of encyclopedias, Wikipedia, Encarta, Cliffnotes, Sparknotes, Answers.com, About.com, and other free or for-purchase essays and papers is strictly prohibited. Contact the instructor and/or a reputable writing guide if you have questions on a source and/or documentation.


Assignment                                                       Points
Discussion Board                                       8 @ 5 pts =    40

Assignment Essays                                     4 @ 20 pts =   80

Term Paper                                                 1 @ 80 pts =   80

Exams                                                        2 @ 100 pts = 200

Total points available: 400

Grading Scale

A = 90 - 100% (or 360 to 400 points)

B = 80 - 89% (or 320 to 359 points)

C = 70 - 79% (or 280 to 319 points)

D = 60 - 69% (or 240 to 279 points)

F = <60%   (239 or fewer points) 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late material may be accepted at the discretion of the professor with the exception of the final exam which cannot be taken late. If you will need to submit an after the due date  as a result of temporary duty (TDY) or an emergency, coordinate with the instructor preferably before the due date.  Any late material accepted by the professor without an extension will incur a late penalty. Students who do not complete the final exam will fail the course. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The fundamental objective of this course is to learn. That means we must all work together and learn from each other. In order to accomplish this, we must treat each other with respect and use proper Netiquette. Everyone will have the opportunity and freedom to express their ideas. Be sure to review the Park Student Code of Conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week         Assignment

1               McCormick, Chapters 1 & 2

2               Assignment 1; McCormick, Chapters 3 & 4

3               Assignment 2; McCormick, Chapters 5 & 6

4               Exam 1; McCormick, Chapter 7

5               Assignment 3; McCormick, Chapters 8 & 9

6               Assignment 4; McCormick, Chapters 10 & 11

7               Research Paper; McCormick, Chapter 12

8               McCormick, Chapter 13; Final Exam

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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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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