Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2001



Course Number

DIPL 6103

Course Description

This course will examine the nature of leadership, especially in the context of international politics. It will investigate both the practice of leadership and the efforts of scholars to evaluate different types of leadership. As a result, students should gain an understanding of how effective leadership plays an indispensable role in the conduct of diplomacy in our complex and changing world. The course will begin with an overview of the many different issues and challenges associated with exercising and evaluating leadership. Topics of discussion include types of leadership, leadership styles, power, influence, authority, teamwork, problem-solving, motivation, activism, and communication. The second section of the course will explore the special characteristics and dynamics associated with exercising and evaluating leadership in the areas of politics and international diplomacy. It will also include direct contact with practitioners from a number of different international careers. Students must be prepared to complete the assigned readings before class each day so that they may actively and effectively participate in class discussion. This preparation will also enable each student to develop their own perspectives on the complex issues that will be addressed. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn from each other through individual presentations.