21st Century American Foreign Policy

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. Our goal in this course is to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. Through lectures, readings, and other course elements we build on the information available from the media and other such sources while delving deeper into the issues, their history, their broader context and major debates. We seek to do so as a community of learning committed not only to the curricular objectives for our course, but seeking to demonstrate to the world how to conduct informed and respectful discourse on subjects which have plenty of room for disagreement.


  • One of the first courses featured in in Coursera‚Äôs Learning Hubs initiative, where organizations around the world provide Internet access and in-person instruction support to MOOC students.

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  • Sanford School of Public Policy

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Launch Date:

  • October 2013