Political Science

Dr. Stephen Hill

Course Description

The principle objective of this course is to investigate the US foreign policy making process and debate the best foreign policies that the US should adopt. Throughout the semester you will be encouraged to analyze and discuss the theories, concepts, terms and perspectives that are explicitly and implicitly contained within past and present US foreign policies. To accomplish this goal we will focus on learning how policy is made and implemented. This will require us to study the various influences that affect the foreign policy-making process and the means used to enact the decisions made through it. Whilst the former will involve institutions like the Presidency, Congress, the Departments of State and Defense and factors such as public opinion, the former will include those of the US military, intelligence community and diplomatic corp.