Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2020



Course Number

DIPL 6180 NA

Course Description

The goal of this course is to enable students to analyze foreign policy issues in light of general theories that bear upon them, historical themes, and policy-making processes. Students will explore and evaluate foreign policy theories using historical and current case studies.

Students should be prepared to do a significant amount of reading each week and to discuss it constructively. Graduate courses work well only when everyone, including those who have little background in foreign policy or whose mother tongue is not English, comes prepared for a critical and informed conversation.

Students who do not already have the habit should begin to closely follow current events. Throughout the semester we will try to link the readings with contemporary events. Hence, students should keep informed about relevant current events by regularly following news. You will get a better insight if you follow news from sources which have different ideological approaches and come from different areas of the world. These are some suggestions relevant for our subject-matter:

News Agency: IPS News Agency ( has very good coverage of the Global South (access is free ). They also have a free app. IPS is one of the few news sources from the South that has a global reach.

Newspapers: English language newspapers like The New York Times, Washington Post , and The Guardian provide solid coverage of international news. The Guardian is a good British newspaper and you can follow it for free at: ,CON;. You can also download its free app. TV/Websites: You may also want to watch news on the web or TV. BBC (UK), Al Jazeera (Qatar). CGTN (China ). RT (Russia). France 24, and CNN International ( USA ) provide insight into current global events. All of them have apps.