Course Description

Course Name

International Relations of North America

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


1. Purpose of the Seminar

This seminar course aims at exploring the issues and prospects of the U.S. foreign and security policy since 9/11. U.S. policy directions are founded upon counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, and the spread of freedom, which have provoked a lot of academic as well as practical questions regarding their policy contents and implementations. This seminar thus tries to understand, first of all, epistemological underpinnings and specific contents of U.S. foreign policies. Secondly, functional and regional characteristics of U.S. security policies will be analyzed. Lastly, the role of the United States in the post-9/11 world will be discussed from the critical perspective.

2. Readings

-Packet of Readings
-Martin Griffiths, Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations, New York: Routledge, 1999.
-Richard N. Haas, The Opportunity: America?s Moment To Alter History?s Course, New York: Public Affairs, 2005.
-Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership, New York: Basic Books, 2004.
-Stefan Halper & Jonathan Clarke, America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and The Global Order, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
-William T. Tow et als., eds., Asia?s Emerging Regional Order: Reconciling Traditional and Human Security, New York: United Nations University Press, 2000.

*Course content subject to change