This course is designed to help you think systematically about international or global policy issues and topics that are of particular interest to you, and will guide you in writing a substantive research paper based on a topic of your choice. This course’s first objective is to provide academic background and guidance to students whose internships involve international policy, international organizations, globalization, and international relations in general. Students interning in NGO’s, government agencies, and non-profits doing international outreach programs will also find this course useful. The second objective is to consider contemporary events and policy questions with reference to the history of world politics and foundational theories of international relations. What are some of the key issues and problems that are of international and global scale? Who are the major actors in the international political arena of the 21st century? What are the characteristics of governmental, non-governmental, and intergovernmental actors engaged in international policy making? To what extent can we predict what type of international system we will live under during the next decades? Will the United States continue to be the dominant global power?
*Required for all semester students enrolled in the Congress, Supreme Court, International Policy, and Media seminars: The first four weeks of this semester (August 31 to September 21) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Jennifer Diascro on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. See syllabus below. Please contact Dr. Diascro at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Dr. Danielson will begin teaching the International Policy seminar on Wednesday, September 28, at 1 p.m. (Session 1) and he will officially be your instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the term.
**NO additional registration required.