Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2007



Course Number

DIPL 1002

Course Description

Successful careers in international affairs require a broad understanding of key issues in world politics as well as the mastery of a number of important skills. This course is designed to provide first-year students in the Whitehead School of Diplomacy with the opportunity to further their development in both of these areas. It is taught as an interdisciplinary seminar where students arc able to learn from four different profess rs as well as from each other through class discussions, role-play scenarios, and other active learning experiences. Stu­ dents will discuss important global issues including globalization, governance, multilateralism, terrorism, peace and justice while developing essential. skills in critical thinking, research, information literacy, leader­ ship, writing, persuasion, and group decisionmaking.

Each of the modules is centered on a set of critical issues or essential skills. Ambassador Kamal will have you explore three current global trends, globalization, governance, and multilateralism, through discussion and drafting. Dr. Deyrup will introduce various library research tools and strategies relevant to international issues and enhance your information literacy. Mr. Goldstein will provide an introduction to the importance of lead­ership in international affairs through an investigation of the different characteristics and strategies that can be effective. Finally, Dr. Fomerand will have you consider the role of the international community and the United Nations in efforts to design strategies for preventing terrorism.