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Fall 2012
Jul 11, 2014
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FRCL 20100 - ETHICS IN US FOREIGN POLICY
ETHICS IN US FOREIGN POLICY~ (May be of particular interest to foreign students with English language fluency and also to American students with international backgrounds and experience.) An enduring tension in the theory and conduct of U.S. foreign policy is the split between Realists, who believe that foreign policy must be predicated on national interests, and Idealists, who advocate that foreign policy must reflect the country's values. This course will explore ethics in U.S. foreign policy through a demanding assemblage of readings, vigorous classroom discussions, and challenging writing assignments. The fundamental dilemma is whether it is possible to conduct foreign policy in an ethical manner while safeguarding national interests. Foundational work on theories of moral reasoning will set the stage for a series of case studies about deciding to go to war, calibrating behavior in war, and grappling with related human rights issues on the global level. Particular attention will be given to examining genocide; sanctions; humanitarian intervention; foreign aid and democracy promotion; the effects of globalization; and the role of multinational, regional, and supranational organizations. At the center of the semester's inquiry will be three questions: 1) Are human rights universal, or are they culture-specific? 2) How can human rights be secured in an international system that is still predicated on state sovereignty? 3) What are appropriate reasoning processes and roles for citizens in determining what their country should do in the world?
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Freshman Colloquium Department

Course Attributes:
Sakai, First-Year Appropriate

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