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Course readings

August 23, 2005

My university started classes Monday and I teach two classes on Tuesday.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m teaching American Foreign Policy and International Security this term. Note: those course descriptions pre-date my arrival (1991).

I don’t have any links to the syllabi (yet), but they should eventually appear here. Then again, my university uses Blackboard, which is easy to use and requires a password; thus, I may not bother to post the syllabi on the web.

In any case, those interested in some non-textbook readings in these areas might want to check out these two blogs I’ve created for the courses: POLS333, which is the USFP class, and POLS338, which is the Security course.

I’ve posted both required and recommended readings. The USFP course has 3 textbooks, the Security class only two. This largely explains why the latter course needs a larger number of external readings.

Comments on the readings are welcome.

I haven’t decided whether or not to use the new blogs for course-related discussion and communication. Thoughts?

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Rodger A. Payne is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville. He serves on the University’s Sustainability Council and was a co-founder of the Peace, Conflict, and Social Justice program. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters and coauthor, with Nayef Samhat, of Democratizing Global Politics: Discourse Norms, International Regimes, and Political Community (SUNY, 2004). He is currently working on two major projects, one exploring the role of narratives in international politics and the other examining the implications of America First foreign policy.