Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2022



Course Number

DIPL 6700

Course Description

This course examines international relations of African states, including inter-state relations in Africa and relations between African states and major powers outside of Africa, either bilaterally or multilaterally, and relations between African states/organizations and other international actors, such as the United Nations and the European Union will be examined. In addition, we will interrogate as to whether or not there has been qualitative change in how and to what extent Africa, as a unit, has interacted with influential international actors; and if so, which factors account for the change. Therefore, mapping out the trajectory of the international relations of African states over the last sixty years will be an important component of the course.

As students of diplomacy and international relations, you are required to think in terms of bridging the gap between the theoretical and the practical issues relevant in international relations of African states. To this end, each student will write and present a well-developed research paper (that is, a paper with academic and/or policy significance) on any topic related to international relations of African states, and this includes relations between two African countries or two regional groupings, or between an African country and a country from outside of Africa. You may also choose a topic that examines regional groupings and their relations with actors outside of Africa. Prior approval of the topic by the instructor is required. The class sessions will conclude with student PowerPoint presentation and submission of a well-written paper.