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Ch 16: Foreign and Defense Policy in the U.S. Lesson Plans

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The Foreign and Defense Policy in the U.S. chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the purpose, development and implementation of American foreign and defense policy in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy in the U.S. chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Post-Cold War U.S. foreign policy The evolution of American foreign policy from the post-Cold War era to the post-9/11 era
Tuesday Establishing foreign policy The role of the president, Congress, and special interest groups in developing foreign policy
Wednesday Foreign policy powers Foreign policy as exercised by the president and Congress
Thursday National defense The role of the U.S. military in American foreign policy, political aspects of national defense decision making, national defense ideals and reality
Friday Economics of foreign policy The intersection of national security policy and the American economy

6 Lessons in Chapter 16: Foreign and Defense Policy in the U.S. Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

1. A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States have caused fundamental changes to U.S. foreign policy. In this lesson, you'll be provided a brief overview of U.S. foreign policy during and after the Cold War.

Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

2. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress

3. Foreign Policy Powers of the President & Congress

In the United States, both the president and Congress have influence over the development and implementation of foreign policy. In this lesson, you'll learn about the powers that the executive and legislative branch exerts over foreign policy.

The Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

4. The Use & Capabilities of U.S. Military Power

One of the most powerful foreign policy tools that the United States possesses is military force. In this lesson, you'll learn about the capabilities of the United State military and how it can be used to advance national interest.

Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

5. Ideals, Interests & Needs of Protecting the American Public

Foreign policy is often a place where values, reality and necessity collide. In this lesson, you'll learn about the concepts of national ideals, national mission and national interests and see how they work together and sometimes even in opposition.

The Economics of National Security Policy

6. The Economics of National Security Policy

The national security interest of the United States is broad, complex and involves far more than mere military security. In this lesson, you'll learn how economics fits into the overall national security policy of the United States.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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