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Spring 2019
Jan 26, 2020
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IPOL 410 - Found of Grand Strategy
The School of Foreign Service now offers a one-semester course called Foundations of Grand 

Strategy, IPOL-410, taught by professors Charles Kupchan and JohnMcNeill.  The class will be offered spring 2019. The class will enroll no more than 25 students. Entry into the class will be by application only. All SFS majors and College GOVT and HIST juniors and seniors are welcome to apply.

The class will combine three main approaches to the study of grand strategy. First, it will engage in close reading of classic texts by authors from different political and cultural contexts, such as Sun Tzu, Kautilya, Machiavelli, and Clausewitz.  Second, it will examine historical case studies from ancient to modern times, chiefly great powers such as the Roman Empire, Mongol Empire, Soviet Union, and United States.  Third, it will consider strategic issues of the contemporary world, including those involving the U.S., China, and perhaps some non-state actors.  The class
aims to help students to think strategically about international history and global politics.

Applications are due Friday, December 14th, 11:59 p.m. and should be emailed to bsfsdeans@georgetown.edu. Selections will be made soon thereafter. Applications will consist of completing the application form; submitting a 300-word statement of interest; a paper, of at least 10 pages, previously submitted for any Georgetown class; and an unofficial academic transcript.

The course will be offered Mondays 6:30-9:00 p.m. Schedule your classes for the spring as though you were not in the seminar (that is, register for a full schedule without the seminar), but keep the seminar class date and time in mind when completing your schedule.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

International Politics Department

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