Course Schedule

Please note that course schedules may be amended due to low enrollment, faculty availability, and/or other factors.

MPPA 490-DL : Special Topics: US Foreign Policy


This course explores contemporary relations between the United States and the world. The primary goal is to give students conceptual and critical tools to understand and analyze how international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy decisions, and current events fit together. It is designed to develop students’ capacity both to explain the foreign policy-making process in the United States, and to better understand the underlying patterns, logic, and implications of American foreign policy in the world at large. The course is divided into three main topics. First, students will discuss the theory that grounds U.S. foreign policy, focusing on U.S. power in the world. The second part of the class will examine the public policy institutions and processes that guide foreign policy formation and implementation. Finally, the last third of the course will review some of the more salient foreign policy challenges facing the U.S. in the 21st century, including a focus on geographic regions. We will discuss how the recent global economic crises may influence foreign policy, and how terrorism and democracy promotion continue to shape U.S. foreign policy.

Counts toward the Global Policy and Public Policy specializations.

Winter 2023
Start/End DatesDay(s)TimeBuildingSection
01/03/23 - 03/18/23Optional Sync W
7 – 9:30 p.m. 55
InstructorCourse LocationStatusCAESAR Course ID
Pytka, Meghann
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