HENKE2106U English - Free topic F: Turning up the Power: American Foreign Policy Decision-Making from Kennedy to Biden
Turning up the Power: American Foreign Policy Decision-Making from Kennedy to Biden
Cuba, Vietnam, Iran, Lebanon, Grenada, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq again, Syria, ISIL, Ukraine, and Russia. This course explores American foreign policy decision making since the Kennedy years. It examines theories of foreign policy decision making, where the roles of presidents, administrations, rationality and intentionality are interrogated critically as decisions are forged. Then, through studies of U.S. foreign policy cases, the seminars will focus thematically on aspects of U.S. relations since the early sixties—the period which provides perspective on how American foreign policy decision making is still made today. Bringing the course fully into the present, seminars will focus on current foreign policy decision dilemmas faced by the Biden administration.
Materials to be used in the course will be determined by the end of July 2021 on Absalon, dependent on availability of new publications. Book length texts may include:
- Gordon M. Goldstein (2008) Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, New York: Times Books.
- Gvosdev, N., Blankshain, Jr., & Cooper, D. (2019) Decision-Making in American Foreign Policy: Translating Theory into Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Richard Haass (2021) The World: A Brief Introduction, New York: Penguin.
- Alex Mintz and Karl DeRoen Jr. (2010) Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making, New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Class Instruction
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 5th 2022Two oral seminar presentations, to be held on the dates agreed in the first class;
Two written papers of roughly five pages each, built off your presentations. These papers will include a page of post presentation reflection, due Dec. 1 at the latest, but preferably two weeks after you deliver your presentations;
One concluding essay of twelve pages, due January 5.
- Exam registration requirements
This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.
Criteria for exam assesment
- Course code
- 15 ECTS
- Full Degree MasterFull Degree Master choice
- 1 semester
- See schedule
- Course is also available as continuing and professional education
- Study board
- Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
- Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
- Faculty of Humanities
- Joseph Goddard (7-6a726767647567436b7870316e7831676e)