Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2024



Course Number

DIPL 6700

Course Description

This course examines international relations of African states, including relations between African states, African states and major powers outside of Africa, African states and other international actors, such as the United Nations and the European Union. In particular, the course interrogates whether 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 accounted for the change. Therefore, mapping out the trajectory of the international relations of Africa over the last seventy years will be a critical component of the course.

As students in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, you are required to think in terms of bridging the gap between the theoretical and the practical issues related to the 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 the international relations of African states. This includes relations between two African countries, or two regional groupings within Africa, or between an African country and a country from outside of Africa, or between the African Union and other international actors, such as the EU, Arab League, etc. You may also choose a topic that examines a regional grouping and its/their relations with actors outside of Africa. Prior approval of the topic by the instructor is required. The class sessions will conclude with PowerPoint presentations of students’ research and submission of a well-written paper.