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DAFF 2070A - A primer on international affairs

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

None.

Course Description

The aim of the course is to help students acquire the necessary tools to analyze, as citizens as well as practitioners and workers, international affairs in the contemporary world. It will explore international issues, based on research and practice, through economic, strategic, political and social lenses. National and international political issues will be of particular interest. Indeed, all actors, should they be public, private, non governmental, etc., have to face questions related to power, communication, financial means, culture and organisation. Hence the course will begin by studying global and so-called transversal issues to lay the foundations for examining regional and national issues. Theories of international relations will be used in as far as they shed light on the practice of world affairs as well as history, geography, economics, strategy or other social sciences. The study of the international system requires an introduction to the various actors of the international scene, conflicts, regional issues, etc. The course will attempt to be as exhaustive as possible to cover the most important issues, actors and geographical areas. In addition to the teacher's introductions and class discussions, we will use class debates, case studies and students' presentations to practice the skills that are critical to success in public service as well as the private sector—deep intellectual knowledge of the core issues of our time, analytical thinking, effective writing skills and the ability to make clear, succinct oral presentations and arguments. Each student will be required to make a presentation and write a memo on a topic of their interest. Selected readings will be required, while a larger bibliography will be provided for those interested in further reading. In addition to the teacher's introductions and class discussions, we will use class debates, case studies and students' presentations to practice the skills that are critical to success in public service as well as the private sector—deep intellectual knowledge of the core issues of our time, analytical thinking, effective writing skills and the ability to make clear, succinct oral presentations and arguments. Each student will be required to make a presentation and write a memo on a topic of their interest. Selected readings will be required, while a larger bibliography will be provided for those interested in further reading.

Teachers

COMOLET, Emmanuel M. (Economiste)

Course validation

The exposé lasts 20 minutes (30 for 2 presenters). It is an oral exercise, to be told, not read. In addition to the form of the exposé, its assessment will take into consideration: the contextualisation of the topic, a precise definition of terms, a clear organization and dynamic of ideas, facts, examples and arguments. A continuous and apposite participation will be valued in the grades; on the contrary, a feeble participation will be sanctioned. The essay will be a 10,000-character dissertation on a topic chosen in agreement with the teacher. It will be handed at least two classes before the end of the semester.

Required reading

  • Two readings will be required in preparation for each class
  • CHALIAND, Gérard, (coll. Michel Jan), Vers un nouvel ordre du monde, Seuil, 2013, 299 p.
  • COULOMB, Catherine. Chine, le nouveau centre du monde ? Ed. de l'Aube, 2007,470 p.

Additional required reading

  • BRZEZINSKI, Zbigniew and SCOWCROFT, Brent. America and the World, Basic Books, 2008, 304 p. (L'Amérique face au monde. Pearson, 150 p.)
  • De MONTBRIAL, Thierry. L'Action et le système du monde, PUF, 2001 xv-472 p
  • FUKUYAMA, Francis. The End of History and the Last Man. Free Press, New York, 1992, 418 p. (La fin de l'histoire et le dernier homme, Flammarion, 1993, 448 p).
  • GODEMENT, François. La renaissance de l'Asie. Paris : Point Seuil, 1995, 425 p.
  • JUDT, Tony. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. The Penguin Press, 2005, 896 p. (Après guerre, une histoire de l'Europe depuis 1945, Armand Colin, 2007, 1023 p.)
  • KENNEDY, Paul. The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Vintage, 1989, 677 p. (Naissance et déclin des grandes puissances : transformations économiques et conflits militaires entre 1500 et 2000, Paris : Payot, 1991, 730 p).
  • KISSINGER, Henry. Diplomacy. Simon & Schuster, 1994, 912 p. (Diplomatie. Fayard, 1996, 860 p).
  • PAINE, Sarah, The Wars for Asia 1911-1949, Cambridge University Press, 2012, 498 p.
  • MADDISON, Angus, Contours of the World Economy, Oxford University Press, 2007, 418 p.