United States Foreign Policy [CRN 81214]

Discipline: Political Science
Instructor: Fowler
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0930
End: 1050
Field Work: Day 1 | December 16, 2018 | Hawaii, United States
Prerequisites: The standard CSU prerequisite of one (1) international relations course has been waived by the instructor Download Syllabus

As Semester at Sea voyagers undertake their explorations abroad, a question that frequently arises is “How have we been affecting them?” In that context this course explores American foreign policymaking in different eras, examining the contrasting approaches of different policy-makers, the development of key doctrines, and the evolution of important institutions. We will focus especially on the interplay of moral, legal, and power-driven motives and themes and their effects on other countries, while analyzing the varying strategies and objectives, errors and accomplishments, of particular American leaders. The course will focus especially on ethical issues that have arisen in different eras. What particular dilemmas have been posed by different sets of international circumstances? To what extent have legal considerations entered foreign policy making? When have American national interests been conceived sufficiently broadly as to encompass contributing to a just and orderly world as well as to the advance of national power? Students will consider why U.S. foreign policy makers have, on occasion, disregarded treaty commitments, stretched the Founders’ constitutional vision, molded public opinion to gain support for war, policed neighboring states, and undertaken covert operations. Ought U.S. foreign policy to have been conducted as it was, or might other approaches have been preferable?

Field Work

Country: Hawaii, United States
Day: 1
Date: December 16, 2018

For our Field Class during the Honolulu Port Stop we will visit the U.S. Pacific Command and we will tour Pearl Harbor, including the USS Arizona Memorial and the U.S. Aviation Museum. We will have a briefing from U.S. military personnel that focuses on conflicts in the Pacific Theater and how they relate to U.S. security concerns. We will learn of the latest historical research on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which included Japanese submarines as well as aircraft. Our tour of Pearl Harbor will provide students a singular, first-hand perspective in assessing the beginning stage for Americans of the World War II conflict. After the Field Class students will write a Field Class Reflection Paper that considers one or more issues related to U.S. foreign policy stimulated or illuminated by what they learned in their Pearl Harbor visit.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To have the students listen to a briefing by U.S. Pacific Command personnel on conflicts in the Pacific Theater and how they relate to U.S. security concerns.
  2. To visit Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and U.S. Aviation Museum to learn, first-hand, about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the latest discoveries and research concerning it.