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Diplomacy & Critical Theory Concentration

“As it stands today, diplomatic theory and practice is for the most part the story of the European man: his triumphs, technologies of the self and methods for mediating otherness, hence the need to come up with an idea of diplomacy predicated on different subjectivities and set of ethico-politico considerations.”
- Sam Okoth Opondo, “Decolonizing Diplomacy: Reflections on African Estrangement and Exclusion,” Sustainable Diplomacies, 2010

The Diplomacy and Critical Theory concentration provides a foundation for those interested in interrogating the power and practices associated with the field of diplomacy. The concentration provides preparation for a variety of careers, as well as advanced studies in the field. Students selecting this concentration will study critical social theory, culture and identity, and the impact of post-colonial studies on the practice and study of diplomacy.

Students in the Diplomacy and Critical Theory concentration are advised to take INT 206: Identities and Boundaries, before taking five additional courses from the following list. At least three of these must be at the 300-level.

  • INT 302 Critical Social Theory
  • INT 305 Culture and Inequality
  • INT 306 Global Empires
  • INT 307 Race, Sex and Difference
  • INT 308 Nature, Society, and Power
  • INT 317 Reading Marx’s Capital
  • INT 318 Society, Politics and Culture in the Middle East
  • INT 326 Gender and International Studies
  • INT 327 Postcolonialism and International Studies
  • INT 362 Language and Politics of Terror