Mar 31, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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POLS 3540 - Different Approaches to American Foreign Policy

Analysis of different approaches and theories used for the explanation of American foreign policy. Comparison of different sets of arguments in support of various American foreign policies.

Requisites: POLS 2500
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to articulate the premise of the reasons behind different foreign policies and their impact on the U.S. and the international system.
  • Critically assess what is the impact of differing belief systems on the adoption of particular foreign policies instead of available others.
  • Recognize how historical experiences, belief systems, military power, and culture allow certain foreign policies to be chosen over alternative others.
  • Understand how different theories of International Relations and different causal mechanisms justify different foreign policy changes.

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