Solving the World's Problems: Diplomacy and Decision-making in International Politics
09/10/2007 - 12/10/2007
Monday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Public Affairs Center 104
This course represents a hands-on approach to decision-making and diplomacy. It is designed to allow students to take part in diplomatic and decision-making exercises in the context of international political issues and problems. Important historical decisions will be evaluated and re-enacted. In addition, more current international problems that face nations today will be analyzed and decisions will be made on prospective solutions. Finally, various modern day diplomatic initiatives will be scrutinized and renegotiated. The class will essentially function as a working committee, considering a different problem or issue each week. Preparations for decisions and diplomatic bargaining will rely both on assigned readings as well as additional outside materials collected by the students. A significant part of the preparations and class activities will involve extensive team work.
Since this course meets over the dinner hour, we will make an effort to eat together during class. Professor Gallarotti will provide food on the first night of class, then students will divide into small groups and select one or two class meetings for which they will provide food for the group. Contributions are strictly voluntary, and people who volunteer to bring food should bring whatever amount and kind of food they feel comfortable with.
Grades will be based on two research papers and numerous participatory exercises in class.
Students should complete all course readings prior to the first class meeting.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
Giulio Gallarotti (B.A. Hunter College; M.I.A., Ph.D. Columbia University) is professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He has also been a visiting professor in the Department of Economic Theory at the University of Rome.
He is the author of The Anatomy of an International Monetary Regime: The Classical Gold Standard 1880-1914 (Oxford University Press, 1995), The Power Curse: Influence and Illusion in World Politics (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), and Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism, and Constructivism (Cambridge University Press, 2010). In addition, he has published numerous articles in leading journals across five disciplines: economics, politics, law, history, and business. In 2010 and 2011 his biography was published in Marquis Who's Who in America.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 18|
Texts to purchase for this course:
Robert Jervis, PERCEPTION AND MISPERCEPTION IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (Princeton University Press), Paperback
Robert Kennedy, THIRTEEN DAYS (W.W. Norton), Paperback
Michael Oldstone, VIRUSES, PLAGUES, AND HISTORY (Oxford University Press), Paperback
READING MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323 Order your books online
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