Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
UIL5228 American Foreign Policy Fall 3 0 3 8
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: Turkish
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Assoc. Prof. İSMAİL BURAK KÜNTAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: Non
Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to provide students with a historical and theoretical understanding of American foreign policy. Students will develop the ability to appreciate recurrent patterns in American foreign policy and analyze the content of American foreign policy from a theoretical perspective. The United States is currently the most influential actor in the international arena. Its foreign policy contributes greatly to the ‘world’s domestic policy’. Therefore, exploring the U.S. governmental system and its foreign policy is crucial to understanding the dynamics of international relations.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
will be able to discuss the historical evolution of American foreign policy.
will be able to identify the domestic and international sources of American foreign policy.
will be able to discuss the current issues in American foreign policy.
will be able to understand the American foregin policy tradition.
will be able to discuss the decision making in the American foreign policy.

Course Content

This course will cover many important topics related to U.S. The course introduces students to the historical evolution and traditions of American foreign policy. The course will also focus on the current issues and problems in American foreign policy.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction
2) Determinants of American Foreign Policy Prereading
3) American Foreign Policy Process 1: Government Institutions Prereading
4) American Foreign Policy Process 2: Non-State Institutions Prereading
5) American Foreign Policy Prior to the Second World War Period Prereading
6) The Cold War Era Prereading
7) End of the Cold War Era Prereading
8) Unipolar World, The New International System and Dynamics Prereading
9) After 9/11 Attacks Prereading
10) Global Economic Policy of America Prereading
11) Turkey-US Relations Prereading
12) The Future of American Foreign Policy Prereading
13) Unconventional Threats and International Development Prereading
14) Review Prereading


Course Notes / Textbooks: Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Halklarının Tarihi, Zinn, Howard, 2005

Amerikan Dış Politikası, Lefebvre. M, 2005

Amerika ve Dünya, Brzezinski- Scowcroft, 2008

References: U.S Foreign Policy, Cox. M, Stokes. D, 2008

American Foreign Policy, Jentleson, W. B, 2010

Major Shift, Küntay. B, 2011

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 40
Project 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 14 42
Study Hours Out of Class 14 73
Project 6 30
Homework Assignments 6 30
Total Workload 175

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To examine knowledge and skills acquired with understanding the interaction between other disciplines in the interdisciplinary dimension.
2) Have the social, scientific and ethical values under any circumstances with related to the field of International Relations and Politics in data collection, interpretation, and dissemination stages.
3) Have the knowledge of the political, economic and juridical foundation of the state.
4) To develop and deepen the information level of expertise Master's Degree on the basis of qualifications at the Global Politics and International Relations Program.
5) Have a critical perspective on concepts, arguments, and current issues.
6) To examine and evaluate countries and regions at the international level which embedded in practical and theoretical knowledge.
7) Evaluated to be critical a variety of security issues, strategies, and practical consequences in the international arena.
8) Have a good formation of the social sciences.
9) Have the knowledge of the nation state to the present day about geographical, institutional, structural, conceptual and theoretical development of the international relations.
10) Have the knowledge of Turkish foreign policy formation and decision-making process.