Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2016



Course Number

DIPL 3115 / 7115

Course Description

This course considers the Washington policy process in several dimensions: key actors, institutions and principles that influence the formation of US foreign policy and, more broadly, the conduct of US public policy. With Washington as its laboratory, the course will explore the growing number of players in policymaking; a range of challenges to policymakers, from a changing world order to a shrinking national budget; the overlap of international and national agencies in the nation’s capital; and the interplay of government and non-governmental actors. Lectures, readings and seminar discussion will be supplemented with meetings with representatives of a wide range of institutions to benefit from first-hand views of the policy process.