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Wilton B Fowler
Seattle Campus

American Foreign Policy, 1776 -Present

Surveys the history of American foreign relations.

Class description

Students can expect to learn the guiding principle(s)which characterized the decisions of American foreign policy makers at important turning points --- e.g., Thomas Jefferson's policy during the Napoleonic Wars. When the course is completed, we will have conducted a survey of American diplomatic history.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures & discussion sessions. Occasional team reports in class.

Recommended preparation

The books required for the course (Mead, SPECIAL PROVIDENCE, and Mann, RISE OF THE VULCANS) will be available at University Book Store well before the course starts. You can get a head start by reading as much as possible in these books prior to the start of the course.

Class assignments and grading

The number of pages to be read will be about 800. One short paper (commentary on a book from the library, chosen by the student); one spoken report in class; a final examination. FAITHFUL ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED.

60% for attendance and participation; 10% for short paper; 10% for spoken report; 20% for final examination.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Wilton B Fowler
Date: 03/24/2006