Public Opinion and Foreign Policy|
Fall 2009 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
The relationship between leaders and the public remains a core concern of democratic theorists and political observers. This course examines the nature of public views on foreign policy, the ability of the public to formulate reasoned and interconnected perspectives on the issues of the day, and the public's influence on foreign policy decisions. The main focus is on the United States, although comparative examples are included. The role of the media and international events in shaping public perspectives and public attitudes toward important issues such as internationalism and isolationism, the use of force, and economic issues will be considered. Finally, the public's influence will be examined across a range of specific decisions. This course provides an intensive examination of a very specific area of research. As such, strong interest in learning about public opinion and foreign policy is recommended.
Students will submit a rough draft of an extended research paper and receive feedback for revisions from the instructor and other students
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-American)(GOVT-Intl.)
Carroll Glynn, Susan Herbst, Garrett O'Keefe, Robert Shapiro, Mark Lindeman, PUBLIC OPINION
Ole Holsti, PUBLIC OPINION AND AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY, rev. ed. 2004
Richard Sobel, THE IMPACT OF PUBLIC OPINION ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY SINCE VIETNAM, 2001 (recommended)
Douglas Foyle, COUNTING THE PUBLIC IN, 1999
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Research paper, participation, optional final.
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