Syllabus for Political Science 359
Current Issues in American Foreign Policy
Christopher L. Ball, Lecturer
Dept. of Political Science
Office Hours: Mon. & Wed.,
517 Ross Hall
This course examines the changes in
All students must do the assigned reading. I reserve the right to distribute unannounced in-class quizzes on the assigned readings for the week. In addition to course readings, students should follow current events. The New York Times, The Washington Post or National Public Radio (NPR) news broadcasts (on WOI 640 AM and KTPR 91.1 FM) are excellent daily news sources. I will also post items on the course website.
The main course website is at this URL: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~pol_s.359 . I will post slides displayed in class, relevant links, and information about the course.
ISU advises: “If a student has a disability that qualifies
under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Disability Resources
(DR) office for information on appropriate policies and procedures. DR is
located on the main floor of the
Class Participation: All students should be prepared to participate in class discussions. Each student has a D as his or her default grade. If students participate well, their grades will be increased. Students who fail to participate or who do so poorly will get a D. I will call on students in class by name on a rotating basis. Responses to these questions count toward class participation.
Students are not expected to perform Periclean orations, but everyone should be prepared to discuss the assigned readings, current events, and question that I pose. Criticisms of points made in readings, by fellow students, and by yours truly are welcome, and debates may emerge among students. Students should respect their classmates’ contributions, and refrain from partisan or parochial philippics. The purpose of these discussions is not to win imaginary debating points, but to learn beyond solitary reading and unexamined listening.
Extra-Class Essays: There will three essays based on
topics and rules that I present. The first two essays should be 1400-1500 words
(equal to 5 double-spaced pages) The last essay will be 1700-1800 words (equal
to 6 double-spaced pages). The first essay will count for 10%, the second for 25%,
and the final for 40% of the course grade. The first essay is due 21 July, the second on 28 July, and the final on 4 Aug.
A computer mishap will not excuse a late paper. You should make frequent and multiple back-ups of your work (to at least 2 separate floppy disks or other removable media), so that you never lose more than one hour’s worth of work. If you own your own computer, be sure you familiarize yourself with the ISU’s computer labs in case your system breaks down.
Your final grade will be calculated as follows:
· Participation: 25%
· Take-Home Essays: 75%
Each component will be assigned a letter grade, converted to a grade point, and multiplied by its percentage weighting. I do not accept make-up assignments, re-writing of papers, or extra-credit work.
three books, in order of assignment, available for purchase for this course at
University Bookstore (294.5684) in the Memorial Union and the Campus Bookstore
The books are also available on reserve at Parks Library.
Toward the Present
9/11 and the ‘Bush Revolution’
Daalder & Lindsay, p.1-126
24-28 July (No Class 27 July)
The Perils or Promise of Primacy
31 July- 4 Aug.
“Don’t Underestimate Baghdad!”*:
Daalder & Lindsay, p.127-202