Teaching Resources

How to use our case studies

Academic institutions around the world understand the power of the case study method, and many use ISD’s online library of case studies in diplomacy. Case studies and simulation exercises can be particularly useful in sparking discussion among students. The 250 case studies in ISD’s online library give opportunities for students to experience the dynamics of foreign policy decision-making firsthand and provide a primer on key episodes in the history of international relations. Explore ISD’s full library of case studies here.

We update this page regularly with links to resources and tips for using our case studies in the physical classroom and in the virtual learning environment. If you have found any other resources particularly useful in bringing the power of case studies to your classroom, and would like us to add them to this page, please reach out to us with suggestions at diplomacy@georgetown.edu

Institute for the Study of Diplomacy 

  • The Diplomatic Pouch: The Case Studies and Teaching page on ISD's blog provides tips for instructors on teaching case studies as well as commentary and analysis on diplomacy and international relations. 

  • Making the Case: Using Case Studies in the Classroom, Passport: The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Review, by ISD’s Kelly M. McFarland and Vanessa Lide, pp.33-34: This article explains the value of teaching with case studies in social sciences and humanities and outlines how instructors can successfully incorporate case studies in their curriculum.

  • The ABCs of Case Teaching, Pew Case Studies in International Affairs, by Vicki Golich, Mark Boyer, Patrice Franko, and Steve Lamy: This is an extensive manual on teaching with case studies. It covers everything from describing case studies and case study teaching, to explaining the advantages of the case study method, to guidelines for instructors on how to successfully prepare for, conduct, discuss, and evaluate a case study-based class. It also includes a sample case study syllabus. 

Webinar: Making the case: Case studies in online classroom

Harvard Business School

Boston University Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Using case studies to teach: This website outlines common elements of cases, highlights the advantages of teaching with case studies, and includes instructions how to teach with case studies and pair them with other readings. 

Carleton College Science Education Resource Center

  • Teaching with the Case Method: This website provides various resources on what case method teaching is, why instructors should teach using the case method, and how to teach with the case method.  

Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning 

University of California, Santa Barbara Case Method Website

Additional Articles/Videos:


Writing a case study

Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Case studies in the virtual learning environment

Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Harvard Business School

Online Webinar Recordings: 

  • Moving a Case Class Online: This hour-long webinar with Bill Schiano (Bentley University) specifically addresses the steps necessary to transition from an in-person to a virtual case-based class. The webinar is designed for instructors who have little to no experience with online teaching.
  • Deep Dive Into Case Teaching Online: This hour-long webinar with Bill Schiano (Bentley University) reflects on the transition from in-person to online classes amid COVID-19 and gives more in-depth insights into online case teaching. 
  • Bringing the Case Method Online: In this episode, two HBS experts discuss strategies for and challenges to moving a case-based class online amid the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Harvard University Project on Negotiation 

  • Teaching Negotiation Online: Where Do We Start?: This website and accompanying video outline best practices when teaching an online negotiation class. This is an excellent resource for anyone seeking guidance on how to implement one of ISD’s international negotiation simulations in a virtual classroom.