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BCUL 1690A - Key Concepts in U.S. Foreign Policy

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This series of seminars will use a historical timeline from America's founding to the Trump era to map out the key concepts and theories of US Foreign Policy. The course aims at providing students with the critical analytical and theoretical tools to understand the evolving status of the United States as a hegemonic power in the 20th and 21st centuries. In particular, this course interrogates the role of external and internal factors influencing America's behaviour in the world. Students will use the theories of international relations and public policy to study in great detail the actors, institutions and doctrines relevant to US Foreign Policy. The learning material ranges from textbooks, journal articles, films, documentaries, and public policy documents. This course aims at further exploring aspects of foreign policy, in line with the IR and world politics courses of the degree.


JUDELL, Alice (Responsable pédagogique à PSIA, Sciences Po)

Course validation

Students will be required to choose and research a key concept of US foreign policy (such as 'isolationism'', 'expansionism'', or the 'Nixon doctrine' for example) which they will present in the seminars, write a short essay on the presentation, and carry out the exam. Student oral presentations (2 per seminar / 15 minutes each), 20% of overall grade. Student essays (2000 words), 40% of overall grade. Exams (Essay style questions), 40% of overall grade.

Required reading

Cox, M. & Stokes, D. (2012), US Foreign Policy, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press

Additional required reading

  • Ambrose, S. & Brinkley, D. (1997), Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, 8th edition, Penguin Books
  • Wittkopf, E., Jones, E. & Kegley, C. (2005), American Foreign Policy: Pattern and Process, Wadswoth