PO320 American Foreign Policy

for S1T 2013

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PO 320 American Foreign Policy


S1T 2013 DL


Suleiman, Safa M.


Adjunct Faculty History and Political Science


B.A. History and Political Science, Metropolitan State College of Denver
M.A. Public Policy, University of Denver, Graduate School of International Studies

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Office Hours




Semester Dates

January 14 to March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


McCormick, James. American Foreign Policy & Process. 5th ed. 2010 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:

Welcome to American Foreign Policy!  Understanding the growth of the U.S. in world affairs is crucial to your lifelong learning as an informed citizen. This course will prepare you to better understand the U.S. role in foreign affairs, especially its role as a superpower in today's evolving, interdependent, and globalized system.

My goals as your instructor are to guide your learning, assist you as you develop your ability to think and write critically about history and politics, and make this course both interesting and relevant for you.

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:
Examinations, homework, discussions, and term paper.


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:

Please contact me in advance if there is a problem with submitting assignments on time.  I will deduct points otherwise.  Per Park Policy, failure to take the proctored exam results in an "F" for the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Ground Rules for On-line Participation:

  1. Students must use Email for messages to the instructor for issues that need to be addressed privately.  Questions about the course or discussions can be addressed in the instructor's office online or if appropriate in the threaded discussions.
  2. Students are required to spend approximately four hours a week on discussions, e-mailing as well as online research. However, the reading of the course text is required.
  3. When conferencing and e-mailing, use online etiquette, which includes courtesy to all users. University staff can access to this website. Avoid any language, which one can construe as offensive.
  4. Students may contact the eCollege Help Desk technicians regarding technical problems. However, each student is responsible to be able to communicate via the World Wide Web using his own equipment and Internet service provider. Students who use their employers’ equipment and ISP place them at risk.
  5. Students are responsible to let the instructor know, whether they are encountering any problems. Excuses at the end of the course will not be accepted.
  6. Students will e-mail assignment; attach files within the drop box located in the course. Students need to be aware of the requirements and how it is to be submitted.

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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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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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.
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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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