PO320 American Foreign Policy

for FA 2010

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PO 320 American Foreign Policy


FA 2010 HO


Pasley, James F.


Associate Professor of Political Science


Ph.D.  Political Science

Office Location

Mackay 20.5

Office Hours

M 10:00 - noon & T/R 10:00 - 1:00

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Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Credit Hours



Hastedt, James.  2009.  Annual Editions:  American Foreign Policy 09/10.  Guilford, CT:  McGraw Hill/Dushkin. (ISBN: 9780073397641)
McCormick, John.  2010.  American Foreign Policy and Process.  Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth. (ISBN: 9780495189817)

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Course Description:
Contemporary foreign relations policy 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

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:

Exams will consist of short answer and essays.  Each of the three exams will encompass 20% of your final grade.  The final exam is NOT cumulative.  Participation in a class simulation will be 10% of your grade.  Details of this will be discussed in class.  A required research paper makes up the final 30% of your final grade.  The research paper is intended to be a scholarly effort and must include eight sources (four of which should be from academic journals). The paper should be eight to ten pages in length and include a bibliography.  Potential paper topics will be discussed in class.  A portion of your research paper grade will come from a 15 minute presentation to the class of your paper.


Assignment                                                             Percentage of Final Grade

      Exam One –  September 9                                                                   20%
      Exam Two –  October 7                                                                       20%

      Simulation –  November 23                                                                  10%

      Paper – December 2                                                                            30%

      Final Exam –  December 9 @ 8AM                                                     20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The research paper is due IN CLASS.  Each day that the paper is late will be ten points off the final grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please be on time and attentive.

Children are not permitted in class.

Please turn off phones and wireless devices while in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week                                                                                   Assignment


August 17                                                                                 McCormick 1

                                                                                                Hastedt 1-4


August 24                                                                                 McCormick 2

                                                                                                Hastedt 5-7


August 31                                                                                 McCormick 3; Hastedt 8-12


September 7                                                                             McCormick 4; Hastedt 13-15
                                                                                                EXAM 1 - SEPTEMBER 9


September 14                                                                           McCormick 5; Hastedt 37-41
September 21                                                                           McCormick 6; Hastedt 29, 30, 34 & 46
September 28                                                                           McCormick 7; Hastedt 20 & 21
October 5                                                                                 McCormick 8; Hastedt 26
                                                                                                EXAM 2 - OCTOBER 7
October 12                                                                               FALL BREAK
October 19                                                                               McCormick 9 & 10; Hastedt 22-25
October 26                                                                               McCormick 11; Hastedt 16, 17 & 19
November 2                                                                             McCormick 12; Hastedt 18 & 28
November 9                                                                             McCormick 13; Hastedt 31-33 & 47
November 16                                                                           PRESENTATIONS


November 23                                                                           SIMULATION


November 30                                                                           PRESENTATIONS

                                                                                                PAPERS DUE:  DECEMBER 2


May 9                                                                                      FINAL EXAM

Academic Honesty:
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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

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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