TAS208 US Foreign Policy: Pattern and Processes

Teacher responsible:

Dr. Łukasz Wordliczek

Brief course description:

The course will examine the sources, dimensions and intellectual premises of the US foreign policy.


The course will provide students with the economic, political, psychological, and social ideas that have characterized US foreign policy since it emerged from the British colonial empire of the 18th century.


1. Introduction: theoretical and methodological issues. American approaches to foreign policy.
2. A brief history of US foreign policy.
3. The main doctrines in US foreign policy. Question of continuity and change. Isolationism and internationalism. Idealism and realism in US foreign policy.
4. Sources (external, societal, governmental individual) and dimensions (political, military, economic and psychological) of US foreign policy.
5. Articles of Confederation and the US Constitution and American foreign policy.
6. Presidential role in US foreign policy.
7. Congressional role in US foreign policy.
8. Supreme Court decisions in foreign policy.
9. Federal bureaucracy and foreign policy (executive branch departments and agencies: Department of State, Department of Defense, National Security Council and intelligence community).
10. US foreign policy and public opinion, media, think tanks and lobbies.

Reading list:

Philip J. Briggs, Making American Foreign Policy. President-Congress Relations from the Second World War to Vietnam; Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership; Louis Fisher, Presidential War Power; Louis Henkin, Foreign Affairs and the US Constitution; James M. Lindsay, Congress and the Politics of US Foreign Policy; James A. Nathan, James K. Olivier, Foreign Policy Making and the American Political System.