This lesson is meant to help students understand the key theoretic concepts needed to understand US foreign policy. An activity is included to encourage students to critically evaluate the impact events in the realm of domestic politics have on foreign policy. The goal of this lesson is to go through the sometimes not engaging theoretic concepts that are required to understand foreign policy and this lesson can be used for students 16+, or highly motivated students in the 14-16 group. The lesson can easily be used for 45 minutes- 1 hour, depending on how long you want the activity to last. The expected learning outcomes are:
Defining foreign policy;
Identifying several theories that analyze foreign policy;
Understanding the relationship between domestic and foreign policy;
Understanding the term ''motivation gap'';
Identifying key actors in creating American foreign policy;
Identifying types of foreign policy goals.