Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2018



Course Number

DIPL 6005

Course Description

This course explores the nature and content of the law governing relations between states and relations between states, individuals, and other non-state actors. The first part of the course examines the building blocks of international law; the second part applies this framework to particular topics, such as the use of force, human rights and the war on terrorism. No prior knowledge of law is necessary. By the end of the course, students will possess an understanding of the operation of the international legal system and the role of international law in relations between states. Students will also gain an introduction to legal reasoning and to legal concepts.

In terms of the learning goals and student outcomes the School's Faculty have identified as key for students, students will:

• increase their knowledge and understanding of

o key concepts, models, theories, and debates in international relations

o the institutional backdrop underpinning international politics, including international organizations and international law

o the normative aspect of international relations as reflected in international law, including human rights

o an in-depth knowledge of a particular functional area and/or region of the world • develop skills to o collect, sort, and evaluate information

o analyze complex situations and synthesize information o communicate effectively in oral and written form

• develop a sense of global citizenship and to employ a global perspective to:

o recognize and understand differences among a diversity of cultures and viewpoints

o employ a global perspective and self-awareness regarding their own culture and responsibility as world citizens

o demonstrate leadership qualities and other essential skills of diplomacy.