American Foreign Policy

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    American Foreign Policy

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    International Affairs, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The Course:

    This course serves an introduction to the study of American Foreign Policy (AFP). It examines the causes--and, to a lesser extent, the consequences--of the US’s ever-shifting relationship with the world. It considers military/security policy, economic policy (such as trade and financial policy), and the interaction between the two.

    The course begins by introducing students to several of the major approaches scholars use to explain AFP. It then traces the fascinating evolution of AFP over the last two centuries. Throughout, students will be encouraged to put this “history” into conversation with the “theory” developed in the first unit. The history will be used to “test” the theories; and the theories will be used to help explain the (often puzzling!) history.

    This analysis will provide a rich perspective with which we will analyze contemporary AFP. In this unit, Unit 4, we will also critically examine the greatest (likely) challenges to AFP in the future. In Unit 5, students will have an opportunity to test their ideas in practice as a part of a simulation.

    Print Materials:

    All course materials are available via the links provided or in the course reading packet


    Every student will give at least one presentation in the term. Typically, these presentations will respond to one of the Reading Questions for the readings assigned for that day. In every case, students ought to go beyond merely summarising the relevant readings to include some critical analysis and argumentation.

    The presentations should be five minutes in length. (Students will be penalised if they go longer than seven minutes.) Students may use PowerPoint and/or handouts. But they should not feel compelled to do so. The presentations will be assessed based on the quality of both their content and their delivery.


    Students are required to write two essays over the course of the term totalling 3000 words (i.e. roughly twelve pages). These essays will be posted subsequently.


    Students are required to attend all class meetings. While I encourage students to take as much advantage as possible of the unique opportunities available in Korea, students are reminded that they are here as students first!

    In-Class Discussion:

    Much of the success of this course will turn on students’ contributions. Students should ensure that they arrive to class prepared. This means reading the assigned readings before each lecture. Students are also required to bring the relevant readings with them to every class. This will aid in note-taking, enhance discussion, and help to foster better connections between what we do in class and the course reading list.


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.