This dynamic study group will explore American foreign policy through the lens of the award-winning TV series, The West Wing. Each week’s session will have a broad theme in which we will analyze its relevant episodes, which you will watch at home, in conjunction with more scholarly publications which we will distribute. Our discussions will then cover where the U.S. was at the time and then look to what has changed and what we think the policy should be for the future. Beginning with President Jed Bartlett and his two-term administration through Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump, this study group will examine America’s role around the world; analyze policy trends, scrutinize government statements and challenge our own moral and ethical beliefs. It will provide a brief overview of the considerations that a President faces when making decisions and shaping policy. This will be a “green” study group and all material will be distributed solely via Canvas. Requirements are: (1) A streaming subscription to NETFLIX or a seven-season set of The West Wing DVD. Use of Northwestern Canvas. No class on 10/01/19.