Ch 46: FTCE Middle Grades Social Science: US Foreign Policy

About This Chapter

Go over the information about U.S. foreign policy that you might find on the FTCE Middle Grades Social Science exam. This chapter helps you review different facets of these policies so that you're ready for the test.

FTCE Middle Grades Social Science: US Foreign Policy - Chapter Summary

This chapter consists of an arrangement of video lessons that discuss how the U.S. interacts with foreign powers. You can prepare for the FTCE Middle Grades Social Science test by refreshing your knowledge of:

  • U.S. foreign policies from the Cold War era to the post-9/11 world
  • The development of foreign policy
  • The President and Congress's role in foreign policy
  • Uses of military power in the U.S.
  • Ideals, interests and needs related to the protection of America
  • The national security policy and economics
  • Tools used in foreign policy

These lessons are designed to work with your learning style to help you understand the reasoning behind U.S. foreign policies. You can watch the videos, read the transcripts of the lessons and reinforce what you know by completing the interactive quizzes.

7 Lessons in Chapter 46: FTCE Middle Grades Social Science: US Foreign Policy
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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.

Tools of Foreign Policy

7. 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.

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