Foreign Policy Analysis

Foreign Policy Analysis
Survey of research regarding multiple levels of foreign policy analysis: individual, group, bureaucratic, societal, economic, systemic.
POLI
371
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPoli 200; Poli 170 or 270.
 TaughtFall Contact Department, Winter Contact Department, Spring Contact Department, Summer Contact Department
 ProgramsContaining POLI 371
Course Outcomes

Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy

Students will understand the genesis, evolution, and current status of the field of Foreign Policy Analysis.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Students will understand what is meant by "foreign policy,” "foreign policy behavior," and “foreign policy decisionmaking.”

Politics, International Relations, and Political Philosophy

Demonstrate a familiarity with each of the four major subfields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political philosophy.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Students will appreciate explanations of foreign policy/behavior/decisionmaking on a variety of levels - individual, group, organizational, societal, systemic, etc.

Political Process, Theory, and Thought

Possess a factual and theoretical knowledge of countries, political processes, political theories, and political thought.

Effective Research and Analysis

Students will examine the various methodologies employed in Foreign Policy Analysis, such as event data, psychobiography, content analysis, and so forth.

Effective Research and Analysis

Use appropriate methods of analysis and research, including qualitative and quantitative methods, historical comparison, and textual interpretation to answer political questions.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Student will begin integration of these diverse types of explanation through case studies and model formalization.

Effective and Professional Writing

Write professional grade research papers on political science questions.

Effective Research and Analysis

Students will probe the limits of the comparative approach and of the idiosyncratic approach to explanation in foreign policy analysis.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Think critically, analytically, and synthetically

Effective and Professional Writing

Students will learn to write a substantial piece of original research, and to have experience writing a book review.