COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS
Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 333 B 5 - - - 4 5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Jubjana Vila
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: The main objective of this course is generally equipping/ developing students who become able to study, interpret and, ultimately, understand the dynamics of foreign policy. Then they use these skills to their study/work/employment of the role of states and other international actors in international affairs.
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Introduction: Why study foreign policy analysis?
2 Power, capability and instruments
3 Rational Actor Model of Decision Making
4 The Psychological Environment in Foreign Policy
5 Bureaucratic Politics Model in FP Decision Making
6 Simulation in Foreign Policy Decision Making
7 Major, Middle and Small Powers
8 Midterm Exam
9 Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy
10 External Sources of Foreign Policy
11 Transnational Actors and Foreign Policy
12 Foreign Policy of Transitional States
13 Ethics and Foreign Policy
14 Conclusion Remarks
Prerequisite(s):
Textbook: Alden, Christopher and Aran, Amnon (2012), Foreign policy analysis: new approaches, Routledge, Abingdon: UK. Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield, and Tim Dunne (2012), Foreign Policy, Oxford University Press, London: UK.
Other References:
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 Contrast and compare the strength of theoretical approaches used in foreign policy analysis.
2 Understand how different theoretical approaches to FPA shape our understanding of foreign policy.
3 Discuss the contexts, pressures and constraints with which foreign policy makers have to deal.
4 Identifying global and regional trends and assessing their implications for policy planners .
5 Identify and critically assess the processes involved in foreign policy decision making. The role of leadership, the bureaucracy and interest groups in setting the state’s foreign policy agenda.
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam(s)
1
30
Case Study
1
30
Final Exam
1
30
Other
1
10
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 2 16 32
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 2 16 32
Mid-terms 1 20 20
Assignments
Final examination 1 21 21
Other 1 20 20
Total Work Load:
125
Total Work Load/25(h):
5
ECTS Credit of the Course:
5