We’re not quite to the end of the 2021-22 year, but it’s time to start looking ahead to 2022-23, since Bethel students will start registering for summer and fall classes when they get back from Easter break.
Some of their choices are courses we’ve previewed before: The Cold War, Contemporary Moral Issues, Modern Middle East, and the summer/online versions of History of Islam and World War I. But this week and next, we’ll preview a few more of the history, philosophy, political science, and general studies courses scheduled for SU/FA22.
Let’s begin with the return of international relations specialist Chris Moore, who’s been on sabbatical this spring…
POS310 American Foreign Relations
Days/Times: M/W/F 2:50-3:40pm in Fall 2022
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or consent of instructor; recommended that students take POS100 American Politics and Government and POS202U Intro to International Relations first
• Major option: Political Science (International Relations option), International Relations (Poli Sci/History option), Business & Political Science (Poli Sci elective), Social Studies Education 5-12 (content area elective)
• Minor: Political Science (elective)
Complete the sentence: “Students should consider taking this course because…”
“…they might want to understand why the United States might fight a war against Russia over Ukraine. Or why the US might fight a war against China over Taiwan.”
What’s a big question that you’re asking in this course?
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright often referred to the United States as the “indispensable nation”. What has made America uniquely powerful and uniquely free to act in the world today? As Christians and critical political thinkers, what do we believe that America should do with that power and influence?
How often have you taught this course? What’s something you plan to do differently this time?
I’ve taught this course a half dozen times. This time, we’re focusing even more on global threats to democracy, including rising authoritarianism in Russia, China, and western democracies.
What’s an activity you’re especially excited for students in this course to encounter?
I’m really looking forward to a simulation we’ll run in class, where students will play members of the National Security Council and provide advice to the President in real time.
Note: Dr. Moore will also be teaching the fall section of our new capstone course, HIS/PHI/POS491 Applied Humanities Seminar. History professor Chris Gehrz will teach the SP23 section.