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DAFF 25A10 - American Soft Power

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The ability of the United States to influence and attract has been a pillar of the expression of its power throughout the world. America has proven able to set the agenda and attain its objectives in part thanks to the appeal of its ideology and values, political and economic systems, culture, and innovation. Its soft power pull has been one important tool in maintaining American legitimacy through means other than force or coercion. This form of power is at times cultivated and harnessed by the government, but more often than not transcends official action and occurs outside the bounds of official initiatives. Through weekly readings, written and oral evaluations, and group work, this class aims to do the following: examine how soft power fits into the overall scheme of power behaviors of the United States; analyze the academic concept of soft power and its limitations; explore the official and non-official components of American soft power from an historical and critical perspective; discuss the intersection of values and both domestic and foreign policies with the ability to influence abroad; and assess how the current presidency is impacting America's soft power capital - and its capacity to lead - at a moment when other powers are challenging US supremacy and its ability to advance its agenda in the world.


GREENE, Amy Kristin (Responsable pédagogique, Collège universitaire)