IR521 Foreign Policy Analysis

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
IR521 Foreign Policy Analysis 3 0 6 Monday 17:00-19:50
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Mirsad Karic Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
14:00-16:00
Tuesday:
9:00-11:00
Wednesday:
10:00-11:00
B F1.28 - 033 957 410
E-mail mkaric@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives This course aims to consider, review, analyze major puzzles in foreign policy decision-making process and foreign policy analysis. It aims to develop and sharpen student's analytical skills in order to use team when confronting new foreign policy puzzles. Finally, it will examine the relevance of foreign policy scholarship to understanding of the real-world and contemporary international affairs.
Textbook Derek Beach, Analyzing Foreign Policy, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2012. Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield & Tim Dunne (eds.), Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Thiomas S. Mowle, Worldviews in Foreign Policy: Realism, Liberalism and External Conflict, Political Psychology, Vol. 24, No.3, (2003), pp.561-592. Alex Mintz and Karl DeRouen, Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2010. David P. Houghton, Reinvigorating the Study of Foreign Policy Decision Making: Toward a Constructivist Approach, Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 3, No. 1, (2007), pp. 24-45. Marijke Breuning, Foreign Policy Analysis: A Comparative Introduction, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, 2007. Valerie M. Hudson, Foreign Policy Analysis: Classic and Contemporary Theory, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006. Valerie M. Hudson and Christopher S. Vore, Foreign Policy Analysis Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Mershon International Studies Review, Vol. 39, No. 2, (1995), pp. 209-238. Alex Mintz and Karl DeRouen Jr., Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Marijke Breuning, Foreign Policy Analysis: A Comparative Introduction, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. "
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the key concepts in foreign policy.
  2. Discuss historical evolution and development of foreign policy analysis studies.
  3. Debate main levels of analysis in foreign policy.
  4. Analyze the main models in foreign policy decision-making process.
  5. Apply some International Relations theories to some foreign policy cases.
Teaching Methods The teaching methods will include lecturing, class discussions and students' presentations.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction No reading
Week 2 History and Evolution of Foreign Policy Hudson and Vore (1995), pp. 209-238; Smith, Hadfield and Dunne (2008), pp. 13-34.
Week 3 Analyzing Foreign Policy Beach (2012), pp. 1-27; Breuning (2007), pp.1-26 and Mintz and DeRouen (2010), pp. 3-11.
Week 4 Realism and Foreign Policy Smith, Hadfield and Dunne (2008), pp. 35-53 and Mowle (2003)
Week 5 Liberalism and Foreign Policy Smith, Hadfield and Dunne (2008), pp. 54-78 and Mowle (2003)
Week 6 Social Constructivism and Foreign Policy Smith, Hadfield and Dunne (2008), pp. 79-94 and Houghtoon 2007
Week 7 MID-TERM WEEK
Week 8 Individual Level of Analysis in Foreign Policy Hudson (2007), pp. 37-63 and Breuning (2007), pp. 27-52.
Week 9 Individual Level of Analysis in Foreign Policy (continued) Mintz and DeRouen (2010), pp. 38-54.
Week 10 Domestic Level of Analysis in Foreign Policy Beach (2012), pp. 62-93.
Week 11 Systemic Level of Analysis in Foreign Policy Beach (2012), pp. 31-61.
Week 12 Theoretical Integration in Foreign Policy Hudson (2007), pp. 165-194.
Week 13 Case Study TBD
Week 14 Case Study TBD
Week 15 Final Paper Presentation No reading
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 2, 3, 4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Presentation 1 20 1, 2, 3, 4
Class Participation 1 20 2, 3
Final paper 1 40 2, 3, 4
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 14 42 in-term presentation 4 4 16
Home study 6 12 72 Final exam 4 5 20
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 19/03/2020
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