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Diplomacy: Theory and Practice is an elective subject that will introduce students to theoretical and conceptual analyses of diplomacy, and investigates how these understandings shape diplomatic practice, and vice versa. We will examine how, if at all, diplomacy is currently changing within the context of new forms of global governance. Diplomacy is one of the core institutions of international society. The practice of diplomacy mediates relations between distinct political communities in the context of an anarchical international system. This course will thereby ask students to consider the following questions: what are the practices that comprise diplomacy? Are these practices historically variable, or do they represent an essence of relations between states? How do the different sites of diplomacy affect how diplomatic practice is conducted? With these central questions in mind, students will examine the interrelationship between spatio-temporal forms of diplomacy and distinctive aspects of diplomacy practice, from the sharp-end of coercive diplomacy and the organization of warfare to cultural exchanges and study programmes. Specific diplomatic practices covered will include public diplomacy, coercive diplomacy, track-two and track-three negotiations, cultural diplomacy, and classic bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- understand theories of the reason for and purpose of diplomacy; and
- posses a broad grasp of the history of diplomacy; and
- have general understanding of the different places that diplomacy takes place; and
- gain different facets of diplomatic practice, from the sharp end of coercive diplomacy to the soft end of cultural diplomacy; and
- understand how analytical frameworks can be applied to specific issue areas of diplomatic practice.
Student who successfully complete this subject should:
• Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrate the ability to craft a logical, well-structured, and empirically support argument
• Demonstrate the ability to critically examine theoretical concepts and how concepts are employed in concrete analysis
Last updated: 16 March 2020