Course: Foreign policy analysis

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Course title Foreign policy analysis
Course code KAP/AZAP
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Cabadová Waisová Šárka, Doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Definition of terms - international relations and actors, nature of international environment, foreign policy, its goals and means, typology of foreign policy 2. International system and international regimes - examples of foreign policies of selected states (classical system of balance of power, nuclear bipolarity), international economic regimes, public international law 3. The state as a representative of foreign policy - nature of the modern state, typology of states and foreign policy, small states 4. Institutions which make foreign policy - state apparatus and decision-making bodies (theoretical models of administrative apparatuses; examples - USA, Czech Republic) 5. Foreign policy and domestic influences - societal forces and state?s foreign policy (interest groups, military-industrial complex, media, and public opinion) 6. An individual as a creator of foreign policy - representations of reality, hypotheses of misperceptions, dichotomous classifications of personalities, characterology

Learning activities and teaching methods
Students' portfolio, Students' self-study, Lecture, Seminar
  • Undergraduate study programme term essay (20-40) - 30 hours per semester
  • Contact hours - 39 hours per semester
  • Preparation for an examination (30-60) - 50 hours per semester
  • Presentation preparation (report) (1-10) - 10 hours per semester
professional knowledge
No particular prerequisites specified.
learning outcomes
After passing this course, students will understand IR issues and will be able to identify and describe IR actors and the nature of international area. Students will be able to define international politics and classify means and typologies of foreign policy. They will be able to apply this knowledge in the analysis of foreign policy and use it in creating their own analyses of states´ foreign policies. Students will be able to verify and apply their knowledge in practice.
teaching methods
Students' self-study
Students' portfolio
assessment methods
Combined exam
Seminar work
Recommended literature
  • Breuning, Marijke. Foreign policy analysis : a comparative introduction. 1st pub. New York Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. ISBN 978-0-3122-9619-3.
  • Drulák, Petr. Teorie mezinárodních vztahů. Vyd. 1. Praha : Portál, 2003. ISBN 80-7178-725-6.
  • Druláková, Radka; Drulák, Petr. Tvorba a analýza zahraniční politiky. 2., přeprac. vyd. Praha : Oeconomica, 2007. ISBN 978-80-245-1184-9.
  • Hill, Christopher. The changing politics of foreign policy. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; Palgrave MacMillan, 2003. ISBN 0-333-75423-9.
  • Palmer, Glenn; Morgan, T. Clifton. A theory of foreign policy. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-691-12359-4.
  • Pick, Otto; Handl, Vladimír. Zahraniční politika České republiky 1993-2004 : úspěchy, problémy a perspektivy. Praha : Ústav mezinárodních vztahů, 2004. ISBN 80-86506-39-8.
  • Snyder, R.C. - Bruck, H.W. - Sapin B. Foreign Policy Decision-Making,. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2002.

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