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U.S. Foreign Policy during the Cold War - JMM346
Anglický název: U.S. Foreign Policy during the Cold War
Zajišťuje: Katedra severoamerických studií (23-KAS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2015
Semestr: letní
Body: 5
E-Kredity: 5
Způsob provedení zkoušky: letní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: letní s.:1/1 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: 20 / 20 (20)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
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Garant: doc. PhDr. Mgr. Francis Raška, Ph.D.
Vyučující: doc. PhDr. Mgr. Francis Raška, Ph.D.
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Mgr. Francis Raška, Ph.D. (28.02.2017)

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

This seminar course seeks to help students gain a basic understanding of American foreign policy during the Cold War years. Students will be expected to analyze the similarities as well as the differences in policy approaches during different periods. Attendance and active class participation are mandatory. The readings are quite extensive and students will be expected to read the assigned materials in order to be in a position to contribute to class discussions. All readings will be provided to students electronically. Finally, students should ask themselves the following questions: Why did the Cold War break out? Where did American foreign policy succeed and where did it fail? How did American policy differ towards Europe and the developing world?

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Mgr. Francis Raška, Ph.D. (28.02.2017)

TEXTS

 

Harper, John Lamberton, The Cold War, Oxford, 2011

 

Hixson, Walter L., American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History, New York, 2016.

 

Schulzinger, Robert D. (ed.), A Companion to American Foreign Relations, Oxford, 2006.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Mgr. Francis Raška, Ph.D. (28.02.2017)

United States Foreign Policy during the Cold War

 

Course number: JMM346

 

Instructor: Doc. PhDr. Francis D. Raška, PhD.

 

Tel.: 732 309561

 

E-mail: francisraska@gmail.com  

 

Office hours: Tuesdays from 3:30 PM until 4:30 PM in Office 3079

                      Wednesdays from 3:30 PM until 4:30 PM in Office 3079                 

 

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE

 

This seminar course seeks to help students gain a basic understanding of American foreign policy during the Cold War years. Students will be expected to analyze the similarities as well as the differences in policy approaches during different periods. Attendance and active class participation are mandatory. The readings are quite extensive and students will be expected to read the assigned materials in order to be in a position to contribute to class discussions. All readings will be provided to students electronically. Finally, students should ask themselves the following questions: Why did the Cold War break out? Where did American foreign policy succeed and where did it fail? How did American policy differ towards Europe and the developing world?  

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

 

Each student will be awarded a final mark based upon the following criteria:

                                                           

Class participation 30%

                                                            Term paper 50%

                                                            Oral examination 20%

 

Again, attendance and participation in class discussions are required and each student will be expected to write a paper containing 10 to 12 double-spaced pages. I will need to approve paper topics beforehand and I will expect students to let me know ahead of time by phone, SMS, or e-mail that they are unable to attend a particular class session. Unfortunately, I have not been happy with the number of unexcused absences by some students in the past as well as the repeated failure by some to read the assigned materials. I will be stricter in this course as well as my other courses from now on. During the first weeks of the course, we will agree as a group on the date by which the paper topics are to be submitted. Also, each student will be expected to send me a progress report concerning his/her term paper. If I am not satisfied with the progress of some students’ work, those involved may be asked to withdraw from the course. The papers themselves will be due at the end of the semester. The actual submission date for the papers will be set following a discussion by the group on the matter. Please note that students are expected to disclose all sources cited in the form of footnotes. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism. Plagiarism will be punished by the disciplinary committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Unfortunately, circumstances no longer permit me to be as lenient as I was in the past with regard to papers submitted after the deadline. Papers submitted after the due date will be accepted only in the case of a documented medical, academic, or family emergency. In addition, I reserve the right not to accept papers from students who fail to attend class sessions and/or do not participate in class discussions. This translates into "No work, no credit." Past experience has taught me that, largely on account of other university requirements and responsibilities, students need help with time management and guidance in their work. To this end, I have decided upon several courses of action. First, I will insist that students let me know how they are getting on with their work throughout the course of the semester. I strongly recommend that students form study groups of 2 to 4 people in order to keep up with the readings. Second, some time will be spent during the first session(s) discussing how to write papers. Third, all students can expect to be examined orally on the topic of their essay at the end of the term. Questions asked during individual examination periods may involve the given topic as well as the research methods employed. Finally, I would like to stress that, in order for the course to be successful, we need to work together as a group of dedicated, mature scholars whose members communicate constructively with one another. Let the festival of learning begin! Good luck!

                       

TEXTS

 

Harper, John Lamberton, The Cold War, Oxford, 2011

 

Hixson, Walter L., American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History, New York, 2016.

 

Schulzinger, Robert D. (ed.), A Companion to American Foreign Relations, Oxford, 2006.

 

COURSE TOPICS AND ASSIGNED READINGS

 

 Background and Early Cold War

 

  1. Harper, John Lamberton, The Cold War, pp. 16-89.
  2. Harper, John Lamberton, The Cold War, pp. 90-109

 

 

 

President Eisenhower and the Cold War

 

  1. Hixson, Walter L., American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History, pp. 263-282.
  2. Schulzinger, Robert D. (ed.), A Companion to American Foreign Relations, pp. 292-308.

 

The 1960s

 

  1. Harper, John Lamberton, The Cold War, pp. 110-163.
  2. Schulzinger, Robert D. (ed.), A Companion to American Foreign Relations, pp. 330-374.

     

 

The Grim and Largely Unsuccessful 1970s

 

  1. Harper, John Lamberton, The Cold War, pp. 164-206.
  2. Hixson, Walter L., American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History, pp. 349-360.
  3. Schulzinger, Robert D. (ed.), A Companion to American Foreign Relations, pp. 375-403.

 

The 1980s: Ronald Reagan, the Path to Victory, Endgames

 

 

  1. Hixson, Walter L., American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History, pp. 361-392.
  2. Schulzinger, Robert D. (ed.), A Companion to American Foreign Relations, pp. 422-459.

 

 

 
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