Course Descriptions

INTA 614: COMPARATIVE PUBLIC POLICY

The course attempts to provide answers to questions such as: Why do the various national governments develop the policies that they do? Why do countries facing similar problems respond with different public policies? The course also considers a wide range of issues such as housing, health, education, environmental, macroeconomic, and social policies across advanced industrial and developing countries. Additionally, the course assesses competing explanations for the patterns of cross-national similarities and differences in policy formulation and implementation.

INTA 618 GHANAIAN FOREIGN POLICY

The course examines the concept of foreign policy environment: internal and external: the natural-material basics of Ghana; social structure, social forces and the foreign policy public. It also focuses on themes and instruments of foreign policy; economic and leadership factors; the bureaucracy, contingency and situational factors. Furthermore the course looks at the regimes; realists and idealists; continuity and change; trends and prospects.

INTA 624: AFRICA IN WORLD POLITICS

The course examines Africa’s place and role in the conduct of international affairs.  The socio-historical path, trodden by the continent in an effort to be part of the global system is assessed. Special emphasis is placed on the kind of impact the global system has on Africa at every turn in the continent’s history. Consequently, issues such as colonialism, neo-colonialism, the Cold War and its demise, the Debt Crisis, Structural Adjustment and Globalisation challenges are stressed.

INTA 626: COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY

The course focuses on the impact of dynamic interaction of internal and external environments on foreign policy. Areas include moving forces in international politics: nationalism, race, ideology, colonialism, imperialism, neo-colonialism, trade, strategic, religious and idealist concerns. Liberal/Industrial states (USA, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Japan etc.) in the world: totalitarian/industrial states (former USSR and China) in the world; developing countries and radical-revolutionary states in the world.

INTA 646: THE LAW OF THE UNITED NATIONS

World order based on the rule of law has always been one of mankind’s dreams. The course examines the theory and practice of international law in the UN. It covers legal problems relating to the organisation, functions and powers of the main organs of the UN. The emphasis is on the problem of financing peacekeeping operations, the exercise and the threat of force in international relations.