This course surveys the major themes of American foreign relations in the twentieth century. These include America’s rise to world power, the tension between isolationism and internationalism, World War II in Europe and the Pacific, the institutional structure of post-war diplomacy, major episodes of the Cold War, and the issues presented by the multi-polar world after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Students will learn to identify major figures in American diplomacy and the main policies that they espoused.
Student learning objectives include knowledge of (1) the legal bases and institutions of U.S. foreign policy making, (2) fundamental assumptions about America’s place in the world, (3) the interplay of domestic politics, elections, and foreign policymaking, and (4) the emergence of the United States as leader in the creation of international institutions such as the United Nations, NATO, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization. Students will also learn about the increasing militarization of U.S. foreign policy in the Cold War, the worldwide alliance structure, and the responses to new threats such as terrorism and cyber warfare.
In addition to class lectures, learning activities will include research and writing, experiential learning ashore, quizzes, and a final exam.
Field WorkCountry: Hawaii, United States
Date: January 12, 2018
Briefings at Camp Smith, headquarters of U.S. Pacific Command, on the U.S. military presence in the Asia/Pacific region, followed by visit to the Pacific Aviation Museum and Pearl Harbor including the USS Battleship Missouri. Learning Objectives:
- To review the place of Hawai’i in the history of American expansion and of the Second World War
- To visit historic sites in Pearl Harbor: Pacific Aviation Museum and USS Missouri
- Through briefings at Camp Smith to grasp the history, size, scale, extent, cost, logistical capabilities, and command structure of Pacific Command (PACOM).