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Ch 19: Government Foreign & Defense Policies Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Government Foreign & Defense Policies chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the history of U.S. foreign defense and its current incarnation 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 Government Foreign & Defense Policies 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 History of U.S. foreign policy and its methods of development U.S. Cold War policy and Preemptive Defense Doctrine; roles of the President, Congress and special interest groups in forming foreign policy
Tuesday Foreign policy powers and the use of the military Executive order, oversight authority, treaty reservation, conventional forces, special forces, weapons of mass destruction and Preemptive Defense Doctrine
Wednesday Policies and controversies related to national defense Ideals, foreign policy mission and national interest
Thursday Economic dimensions of national security policy National security and national security policy
Friday Tools used in the formation of foreign policy Diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence and military force

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: Government Foreign & Defense Policies Lesson Plans
Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Tools of Foreign Policy

6. Tools of Foreign Policy

This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.

Veterans Day Lesson Plan

7. Veterans Day Lesson Plan

Give your instruction on Veteran's Day new meaning with the help of a Study.com text lesson and in-class gratitude project. To take instruction further, utilize the supplementary activities and related lessons.

What Is a Veteran? - Definition & Importance

8. What Is a Veteran? - Definition & Importance

Veterans include those with much experience in a specific field, and those who served in the military. Regardless of their type, veterans play an important part in American history and culture, as we will discover in this lesson.

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