The Department of Government
The Department of Government

Megan Farrell

BA, Penn State University; MA, University of Pittsburgh

Megan Farrell



Terrorism, Civil Conflict, Alliances, Methodology


GOV 312L • Issues & Policies In Amer Gov

38144 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM UTC 4.122

Government 312L satisfies the second half of the mandated six hours of government that every UT student must take.  Course covers analysis of varying topics concerned with American political institutions and policies, including the United States Constitution, and assumes basic knowledge of government from GOV 310L, which is a prerequiste. May be taken for credit only once.

GOV 360N • International Security

38550 • Fall 2018
Meets MW 11:30AM-1:00PM ART 1.110

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GOV F312L • Iss & Policies In Amer Gov-Wb

82645 • Summer 2018

GOV 312L:  US Foreign Policy

Professors McDonald and Moser

First Summer Session 2018


Since its founding, the United States has played a central role in shaping the larger international political order.  American victories in World War I, World War II, and the Cold War coupled with its support for democracy and open global markets stand at the heart of this legacy.  At the same time, external pressures in the form of war, globalization, and the spread of transnational ideological movements have stressed American institutions and shaped an evolving American national identity.  This course explores this mutually interactive relationship by examining the making of American foreign policy over the past two centuries more broadly.  It explores such topics as American entry into World Wars I and II, the role of Congress in foreign policy making, the construction of the national security state in the twentieth century, competing partisan conceptions of America’s national interest, the Cold War, nuclear deterrence and proliferation, territorial expansion, trade liberalization, nation building, humanitarian intervention, and more recent challenges like terrorism.  As part of this broad overview, the course will also explore the moral and ethical dilemmas of many foreign policy challenges faced by the United States. Should the United States ever use torture when combatting its enemies?  Does the U.S. have an interest or even an obligation to promote democracy abroad?  When is military intervention justified?  What is our moral obligation to address global warming?


This course fulfills the second half of legislative requirement for government and may be counted toward the ethics and leadership flag requirement. May be taken for credit only once.  


Course meets ONLINE delivered through MODULES, which are short pre-recorded lecture segments and associated activities delivered through Canvas.  Modules are completed ON-DEMAND by students when their schedule allows.  However, students are REQUIRED to complete a pre-set number of modules and their associated activities by pre-determined deadlines multiple times each week.  Students will complete three exams over the summer term.  Students residing in Austin over the term will take these exams on campus at an assigned evening time.  Students residing out of Austin over the term will these exams through a remote proctoring service.  Students will have to pay an additional proctoring fee for this service.   


Students are encouraged to visit  to test their computer and network connection and learn about the course structure.


Grading Policy:


Module quizzes/exercises:             15%

Exam 1:                                     25%

Exam 2:                                     30%

Exam 3:                                     30%


Prerequisites:  None


Required Textbook:


  • None, readings will be drawn from an unpublished textbook and articles that are accessible through the UT library’s website

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