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SS473 (Version: 2022 1) COURSE DETAILS


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY 2022 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
SS473 examines the historical evolution, development, implementation, and consequences of American foreign policy. It analyzes the actors that craft and influence policy, concentrating both on formal government institutions--such as the President, Congress, and the foreign policy bureaucracy--and informal institutions such as public opinion, political parties, interest groups, and the media. The course examines key events in American Foreign Policy history through the lens of constraints and 'policy choice.' What choices did U.S. foreign policy makers confront? What policies did they choose to implement and why? What were the consequences of those decisions? Students will ultimately apply these lessons as they evaluate historic foreign policy decisions, debate contemporary dilemmas, and contemplate the future of American foreign policy.
LESSONS: 30 @ 75 min (2.000 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Cadets are required to submit a term paper that analyzes a historical event in American foreign policy history.

SS473 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS202 2019 2 1 Y
  SS307 2004 1 1 Y
  SS202 2019 2 2 Y
  SS357 2004 1 2 Y
  SS252 2021 1 3 Y
  SS307 2020 2 3 Y
  SS252 2021 1 4 Y
  SS357 2020 2 4 Y

SS473 (Version 2022-1) COURSE OFFERINGS


AYT #SECT/SIZE CPBLTY ENRLD WAIT SEATS CLOSED DETAILS
2024 - 2 1 18 18 18 0 0 Y Hours

2025 - 1 2 18 36 22 0 14 N Hours

2025 - 2 1 18 18 12 0 6 N Hours

2026 - 1 2 18 36 0 0 36 Y Hours

2026 - 2 2 18 36 20 0 16 N Hours

2027 - 1 1 18 18 18 2 0 N Hours

2027 - 2 2 18 36 8 0 28 N Hours


SS473 (Version: 2019 2) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY 2019 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This course examines the development, implementation, and consequences of American foreign policy. It analyzes the actors who make American foreign policy, concentrating both on government sources such as the president, Congress, and the foreign policy bureaucracy, as well as external sources such as public opinion, interest groups, and the media. The course examines key events in U.S. foreign policy history through the lens of 'policy choice.' What choices did U.S. foreign policy makers confront? What policy did they choose to implement and why? What were the consequences of that policy? Utilizing the lessons from these historical case studies, the course then examines the current challenges and dilemmas that confront the United States. Some of these include U.S. relations with China, Russia, and the European Union, energy politics, the Arab-Israeli crisis, weapons of mass destruction and rogue states, terrorism, democracy promotion, and the global response to US foreign policy. In exploring each of these current challenges and dilemmas, this course attempts to understand the policies and strategies the U.S. utilizes to secure its interests and achieve its objectives.
LESSONS: 30 @ 75 min (2.000 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
3,500-word case study of American foreign policy, with graded bibliography and outline; compensatory time provided.

SS473 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 2004 1 1 Y
  SS357 2004 1 2 Y

SS473 (Version: 2008 1) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY 2008 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This course examines the development, implementation, and consequences of American foreign policy. It analyzes the actors who make American foreign policy, concentrating both on government sources such as the president, Congress, and the foreign policy bureaucracy, as well as external sources such as public opinion, interest groups, and the media. The course examines key events in U.S. foreign policy history through the lens of 'policy choice.' What choices did U.S. foreign policy makers confront? What policy did they choose to implement and why? What were the consequences of that policy? Utilizing the lessons from these historical case studies, the course then examines the current challenges and dilemmas that confront the United States. Some of these include U.S. relations with China, Russia, and the European Union, energy politics, the Arab-Israeli crisis, weapons of mass destruction and rogue states, terrorism, democracy promotion, and the global response to US foreign policy. In exploring each of these current challenges and dilemmas, this course attempts to understand the policies and strategies the U.S. utilizes to secure its interests and achieve its objectives.
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
3,500-word case study of American foreign policy, with graded bibliography and outline; compensatory time provided.

SS473 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 2004 1 1 Y
  SS357 2004 1 2 Y

SS473 (Version: 2004 1) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY 2004 1 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
This course examines the development and implementation of American foreign policy since the end of World War II. It addresses the perennial question of whether U.S. policy decisions promote both interests and values, goals that sometimes are complementary but can conflict. It examines different perspectives on the concept of ınational interest,ı and it considers how policy makers identify the ends and means of their decisions. It also analyzes the actors who make American foreign policy, concentrating both on government sources such as the president, Congress, and the foreign policy bureaucracy, as well as external sources such as public opinion, interest groups, and the media. In examining all of this material, the course considers the following questions: Who makes foreign policy in the American political system? What responsibilities should the United States assume in the world today? How, if at all, do those obligations differ from the interests of the United States during the Cold War? What does it mean for the United States to be the only remaining ısuperpowerı?
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
3,500-word case study of American foreign policy, with graded bibliography and outline; compensatory time provided.

SS473 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 2004 1 1 Y
  SS378 2004 1 1 Y
  SS307 2004 1 2 Y
  SS386 2004 1 2 Y
  SS357 2004 1 3 Y
  SS378 2004 1 3 Y
  SS357 2004 1 4 Y
  SS386 2004 1 4 Y

SS473 (Version: 1979 2) COURSE DETAILS (ARCHIVED)


COURSE TITLE EFF YEAR EFF TERM DEPARTMENT CREDIT HOURS
SS473 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY 1979 2 Social Sciences 3.0 (BS=0.0, ET=0.0, MA=0.0)
SCOPE
The United States is the world's unique pluralistic superpower. This characteristic creates many enduring dilemmas that, in turn, shape U.S. foreign policy. This course examines these dilemmas and their implications for U.S. foreign policy. Persisting themes and patterns that have characterized postwar U.S. foreign policy are studied. What are these patterns? Why? What factors influence the process and content of U.S. foreign policy? What is the value of strategy for guiding U.S. foreign policy? How well has containment served the United States?
LESSONS: 40 @ 55 min (2.500 Att/wk) LABS: 0 @ 0 min
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Three analytical essays.

SS473 COURSE REQUISITES


TYPE COURSE EFF YEAR EFF TERM TRACK RED BOOK FLG
PRE REQUISITE  
  SS307 1979 1 1 Y
  SS360 1975 1 1 Y
  SS378 1979 2 1 Y
  SS307 1979 1 2 Y
  SS360 1975 1 2 Y
  SS386 1983 1 2 Y
  SS357 1979 1 3 Y
  SS360 1975 1 3 Y
  SS386 1983 1 3 Y
  SS357 1979 1 4 Y
  SS360 1975 1 4 Y
  SS378 1979 2 4 Y