Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2003



Course Number

DIPL 1001 NB

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to expose Freshman students to three key topics in international affairs, taking advantage of the special research and teaching interests of three of the Whitehead School's full-time faculty members. Students will gain an appreciation not only for the topics covered, but also for the complexity, variety, and appeal of international affairs as a course of study. An additional purpose of this course is to provide students with important skills that will be useful to them throughout their undergraduate careers and beyond, such as independent research, effective reading, and writing and citation skills.

Professor Philip Moremen will teach the module on International Environmental Politics; Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John will teach the module on Games of International Relations, and Dr. Margarita M. Balmaceda will teach the module on The Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism. Each group of students will have an introductory meeting with the faculty member in charge of their section, as well as at least four additional meetings on the module taught by him or her. The group will spend weeks 6-9 on module 2 (International Environmental Politics by Prof. Moremen) and weeks 10-14 on module 3 (International Negotiation by Prof. Wanis-St. John).


The final grade for this course will be calculated as follows: Partial grade for module on Politics of Ethnicity and Nationalism (Prof. Balmaceda) [of which: 25% class participation; 75% take-home exam] Partial grade for module on International Environmental Issues (Prof. Moremen) Partial grade for module on International Negotiation (Prof. Wanis-St. John) 33.3% 33.3% 33.3%

Profs. Moremen and Wanis-St. John will submit the grades for their modules, which, in addition to grades from my own module, will be used to calculate the final grades for the class.