Summer Timetable

POL326Y1F L0101

United States Foreign Policy


The course will provide a detailed analysis of the forces that shape the foreign policy of the United States of America. It will begin with an examination of the constitutional basis for the making of foreign policy, followed by a brief overview of the changing patterns of U.S. involvement in global politics. We then turn to a detailed analysis of the factors that have influenced U.S. foreign policy, including political culture and the multitude of bureaucracies in the executive branch involved in the implementation of policy (department of state, department of defense, foreign economic bureaucracy, intelligence community etc.). The course concludes with a series of thematic (terrorism, international law and organization…) and regional case studies of U.S. foreign policy since World War II.


Jarel A. Rosati and James M. Scott, The Politics of United States Foreign Policy; and a course reader

Format and Requirements

Four 2-hour lectures per week; mid-term test, research paper, and a final examination.


POL203Y1 or POL203Y5 or POL208Y1 or POL208Y5 or (POLB80H3 and POLB81H3)