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DAFF 3130A - American Soft Power

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The ability of the United States to influence through non-coercive behavior is a pillar of its power in the world. The US communicates its values throughout the world through many means. Whether cultural, political, economic, or ideological, soft power allows America to set the agenda and obtain its objectives by co-opting rather than coercing. Of course, soft power as a concept and practice does have limitations and constraints. In other words, it is not a catchall solution.   What are the main components of American soft power? How have they evolved over time, and what are the current challenges, limitations, and constraints? How does the public perceive US leadership and the soft power initiatives and actions meant to secure it? And in the post-Obama era, what are the already-tangible and potential consequences of the Trump presidency on America's soft power capital - its ability to influence and convince others?


GREENE, Amy Kristin (Responsable pédagogique, Collège universitaire)