Ch 42: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Foreign Policy

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Examine this chapter to review the foreign policy of the United States as part of your preparations for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam. These lessons are geared towards helping you get ready for test questions on how the U.S. government determines and manages foreign policy.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Foreign Policy - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides a resource for reviewing American foreign policy to prepare for questions on this topic on the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam. Topics that will be addressed in these lessons include:

  • Roles of Congress, the President, and interest groups in developing foreign policy
  • Purpose of the National Security Council
  • Responsibilities of the Secretary of State
  • Diplomacy, containment, and other tools of foreign policy
  • Changes to American foreign policy from the Cold War to after 9/11
  • How the United States has influenced other countries
  • History and structure of the United Nations

An expert instructor will lead you through each lesson using informative and engaging videos. After you finish each lesson you can take its corresponding self-assessment quiz to gauge how well you understand the information you've reviewed.

7 Lessons in Chapter 42: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Foreign Policy
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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.

National Security Council: Definition, History, Members & Role

2. National Security Council: Definition, History, Members & Role

This lesson will discuss the formation and primary role of the National Security Council. Additionally, this lesson will provide the history of the NSC and identify its members.

The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities

3. The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities

This lesson discusses the importance of the Department of State, part of the U.S. executive Cabinet, which is headed by the Secretary of State. In it, we learn about the history of the organization, current policies, and responsibilities.

Tools of Foreign Policy

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

The Global Influence of the United States

6. The Global Influence of the United States

In this lesson we will learn about the global influence of the United States. We will explore the role of the U.S. in world affairs from 1776 to the present and see how American influence has impacted modern history.

The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics

7. The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics

One of the most influential and far-reaching intergovernmental organizations in the world today is the United Nations. In this lesson, you'll learn about the United Nations, including its history, structure, and role in international politics.

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