Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2013



Course Number

DIPL 6000

Course Description

DIPL 6000 is required for all graduate students in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. This class introduces students to a variety of ways of thinking about international relations. As such, the focus is not contemporary policy issues, but rather the theories used to understand and explain international relations. We will cover some major schools of thought as well as how these play out in various issue areas, like hegemony and empire, the role and nature of international institutions and organizations, war, trade, democracy, and the rise of China. We will also address the question of what relevance these theories have or might have to policymakers. This class is intended to prepare students for advanced course work in the field. As such, there will be a lot of reading, writing, and thinking required.