International Political Dynamics-South African in Comparative Context
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa
Area of Study
African Studies, Political Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units15
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewAt the end of this module students should be able to:Describe concepts related to the study of foreign policy and international institutions,e.g. diplomacy, global governance, and international regimesDescribe and explain the formation and nature of international institutions in terms ofIR theories, e.g. regional integration and regime theoryIdentify and explain economic, political and military instruments of foreign policyExplain the origin and evaluate the purpose and shortcomings of selectedinternational organisations, e.g. the United Nations and the African UnionAnalyze and evaluate foreign policy issues by explaining how individual, state andsystem level factors impact on a state?s foreign policyMain definitions, concepts, approaches and theories in the study of foreign policyand international institutionsThe role of state leadership, domestic politics and a state?s position and power inforeign policy-makingSelected foreign policy issuesInternational cooperation through international institutionsRegional integration and international regime formationGlobal governance with specific reference to international organisations, such as theUnited Nations or the African Union
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.