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Foundations Of American Foreign Policy

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This course provides students with a review of U.S.diplomatic relations with Europe, Latin America, and Asia from the Declaration of Independence to the First World War.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Forces of Influence on Foreign Policy

    • Distinguish between unilateralism and multilateralism in foreign policy.
    • Determine the role of competing interests in the struggle for power.
    • Distinguish between isolationism and involvement in foreign policy.
    • Distinguish between moralism and pragmatism in foreign policy.

    Early American Foreign Policy

    • Describe the colonial-era influences that led to the struggle for U.S. independence.
    • Assess the effect of the Civil War on foreign policy.
    • Describe the impact of national acts of expansionism on foreign policy.
    • Explain the early development of foreign policy to protect U.S. independence.

    Developing Power of American Foreign Policy

    • Determine the effect of the United States’ emergence as an industrial power on foreign policy.
    • Compare the expansion of U.S. interests through military and nonmilitary means.
    • Describe the transitions in U.S. foreign policy from the beginning to the end of the 19th century.

    Direction of the Country in the Early 20th Century

    • Analyze the factors that affected the development of foreign policy from the colonial era to the eve of World War I.
    • Evaluate the effect of foreign policies of other countries on the development of U.S. foreign policy.
    • Explain the relationship between special interest groups and other countries’ interests on foreign policy decisions.

    Foreign Policy Development and Implementation

    • Compare the national setting and the international setting of foreign policy.
    • Differentiate between foreign policy and domestic policy objectives. 
    • Analyze the concept of the individual decision maker in foreign policy.
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