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POL324 Foreign Policy Analysis

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course introduces students to the theories and methods of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA). It covers how foreign policy is made and who shapes it, and the outcomes and broader impact of policy choices. The course discusses how theories of international relations are relevant to FPA to understand opportunities and constraints arising from the international system. The course discusses the role of actors and processes, public opinion, individual decision-makers, group dynamics, lobby and interest groups, cognitive theories, and leadership styles by investigating the foreign policies of major, middle, and small powers during and after the Cold War. The empirical case studies focus on states in the Global North and the Global South, international organizations, and transitional actors.

Prerequisite: POL201 Introduction to Political Science and Co requisite ENG 101