Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2012



Course Number

DIPL 6117

Course Description

This graduate seminar will examine the theory and practice of international mediation designed to end violent conflict and reconstruct peaceful social and political relations.

This seminar will combine the case study method with active learning techniques. Students will pursue individual and team-based research, problem-solving, role­ playing, simulation and other collaborative activities in class and online.

This seminar will help students write and present concise and critical analyses of international conflict mediation exercises.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

• Explain the different kinds of international conflict today and their causes

• Utilize an analytical framework for critically examining conflicts and possible solutions

• Evaluate a variety of tools to resolve conflicts, including diplomacy, mediation, multilateral efforts, economic incentives, peacekeeping missions, military action and institution-building.

In summary, this course will present essential knowledge for students who intend to participate directly or indirectly in peacemaking through diplomacy, international nongovernmental organizations or global civil society.