American Foreign Policy

Political Science 336

Lecture 16551

Spring 2010


University of Missouri–Kansas City


Class Schedule (including semester specific information)

Grading Policy

Reading Materials      

Class Syllabus (independent of semester)


Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the contemporary debate over American foreign policy in terms of the premises and perspectives of several competing schools of thought. Those schools include defensive and offensive realism, liberalism, and Marxism. It attempts to answer the question, why do we do what we do on the international scene. Whenever possible, prominent historical events will be used to clarify theory. The course schedule will be interrupted to focus on current events.


Course Requirements

Students are required to undertake considerable reading each week and are expected to attend lectures and participate in class discussions. The principal output of the class is a term paper that addresses specific issues related to foreign policy organization, strategy, and policy making. The primary inputs include a book, selected formal policy statements, course handouts, and selected articles from scholarly journals.

Grades are derived from the term paper (30%), a midterm exam (30%), and a final exam (30%). Attendance and participation are also factors (10%). Scores of 90% and above earn an A, scores in the 80s earn a B, etc. Plus and minus will be awarded. I reserve the right to assign a grade better than the above guidelines, but not a lower grade. Missed exams must be discussed beforehand and with a persuasive reason. There is a 10% penalty for missing an exam without prior arrangement. If you find yourself falling behind, speak with me early on.


Course Contact Information

Professor:                   D. Robert Worley, Ph.D.

Office Room:             304B Manheim Hall

Office Phone:             816.235.5948

Office Hours:             2:00-3:00 (after class) or by appointment

Classroom:                 309 Haag Hall

Class Time:                Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00-1:50 PM

Class Web Page:        http://www.drworley.org/


Ethics Statement

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition. Report any violations you witness to the instructor.”


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