Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2013



Course Number

DIPL 6700 AA

Course Description

This course examines core themes in the international relations of African states, intra-relations among them, as well as the relationship between African states and the rest of the globe. Among its aims are the following: to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of African international relations within the continent and beyond; to illuminate historical and contemporary relations of African states to the rest of the world. Our course readings, interactive discussions, and lectures will focus on domestic and foreign policies of African nations. Some of the questions we consider in this course the major issues or challenges facing the continent. For example, how regional and international institutions structure foreign policy and international relations on the continent? To answer this and other questions we explore theoretical perspectives to uncover past and present challenges in foreign policy as well as opportunities and approaches to addressing them in international relations. We will also consider major themes and patterns that have characterized African international relations since independence, events that have shaped the trajectory of the continent since the end of the Cold War as well as how normative assumptions of international relations have evolved.