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IRLS214 - American Foreign Policy

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS214 Course ID: 3377 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This class examines the elements and practice of American Foreign Policy.  It reviews the history of American Foreign Policy and ideology, and then examines the actors, tools and processes of US foreign policy.  This class emphasizes current foreign policy issues, including policy geared toward national security.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Describe the major themes and patterns in American foreign policy.

CO-2: Examine the policymaking process in the formulation of American foreign policy.

CO-3: Distinguish structural and strategic constraints on policy options facing the United States.

CO-4: Explain the impact of political fragmentation and integration on America’s approach to the global community.

CO-5: Apply theories and principles of American foreign policy in analysis of current events.

Forum discussions – 25 percent

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to more than two classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. The forum discussion grading rubric is located in each forum.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 5 questions, 2 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Progress assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 5 questions, 2 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Final assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of 5 questions, 2 pages total, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week One 3.13 %
Week Two 3.13 %
Week Three 3.13 %
Week Four 3.13 %
Week Five 3.13 %
Week Six 3.13 %
Week Seven 3.13 %
Week Eight 3.13 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Week Three - Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Week Six Briefing to President Elect 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Week Eight - Final Assignment 25.00 %
  • External websites and other assigned readings are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.