INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR327 DECISION-MAKING & IMP. IN FOREIGN POLICY

Course Code: 3140327
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Assoc.Prof.Dr. MEHMET FATİH TAYFUR
Offered Semester: Fall Semesters.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to enable the students to understand the actors and processes of decision making and implementation in foreign policy through analysing a number of case studies.

Course Content

This course is intended to provide an examination, through case studies, the process of decision making and implementation in foreign policy. Theories of decision making and their application to specific cases are covered in the lectures and discussions. Syllabus: Images, signals, indices; process of perception; cognitive consistency; common misperceptions; groupthink and decision making; fiascoes; international crises; crisis management; bureaucratic politics and foreign policy decision making; foreign policy implementation (case studies).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the semester the students are expected to be able to describe and explain main actors and possible (individual, rational, psychological, bureaucratic' governmental' group' etc.) processes of decision making in foregin policy, and the differences between decisions and implementattion of decisions.