Understanding Foreign Policy: the Diplomacy of War, Profit and Justice
Dates: 8 - 26 July, 2013
This course examines the key concepts and schools of thought in the study of foreign policy. Concentrating on the process of decision making, internal and external factors which influence foreign policy and the instruments available to foreign policy decision makers, the course will provide an understanding of the role and effect that foreign policy has on international politics. Students will learn about the differing strategies that great powers and small states employ in achieving their aims; the foreign policy challenges posed by terrorism, rogue and failed states; and the significance of new foreign policy powers like China. The classes will combine a discussion of these theories with their application to selected countries in the North, and South, international organisations and transnational actors.
The principle themes to be addressed by the course are:
•How do states formulate and implement their foreign policy?
•Does leadership make a difference in successful foreign policy?
•Can national foreign policies ever be ethical?
•What can states and international organisations do to prevent common threats like terrorism, nuclear proliferation and climate change?
•Are democracies more likely to pursue aggressive foreign policies than dictatorships?
Each of the lectures will be followed be a discussion seminar on a topic drawn from the lecture and readings. Active student participation is encouraged.
C. Hill, The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy, Palgrave (2003).
S. Smith, Amelia Hadfield and Tim Dunne, eds., Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases, Oxford UP (2008).
Lectures: 36 hours Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Two written examinations
Contenido del curso: 12 horas de clase semanales por las mañanas y conferencias y seminarios por las tardes en función del curso elegido.
Precio total: 3.980 €