Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2017



Course Number

DIPL 3116/7116

Course Description

This seminar examines the causes, consequences and possible solutions to global policy challenges of the 21st century, with an emphasis on their treatment in US foreign policy. It also examines the current trend in some developed countries to move toward a more national set of policies that were once more multilateral (such as the trend in the current US administration away from multilateral free trade agreements). This is very much an ongoing process, and so must this course be. As a result, students should expect that reading assignments may change over the semester. You may be assigned extra readings as well.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the course will cover such issues as global trends in governance and politics; terrorism; the challenges posed by failing or rogue states; human rights; climate change; a variety of contagions, from epidemics to several forms of trafficking; and a changing world economy. The course will examine these and other issues from both substantive and practical approaches, and consider the possibilities and limitations to affect their outcome through US foreign policy. Readings, lectures and seminar discussion will be supplemented with meetings with practitioners from Washington-based institutions that currently address these global policy challenges.