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Module Title LM Diplomacy and Statecraft
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 32406
Module Lead
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of modern diplomacy and statecraft. It explores the evolution of the European diplomatic system and its extension throughout the world, together with the impact of technology on diplomacy such as the changing role of the resident ambassador, and the growth of summitry. The instruments of diplomatic craft, both formal {such as international law} and informal {such as negotiating techniques and public diplomacy} are examined, as are some of the phenomenon which diplomats are forced to deal with such as revolutionary diplomacy and cultural distance. In its examination of statecraft the course looks at the use of coercive diplomacy and economic sanctions together with the role of human rights in foreign policy.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, students should be able to:
    understand and summarize the historical development of Diplomacy and its current practice;
  • develop an understanding of the recent developments, trends and controversies in diplomatic practice;
  • evaluate various aspects of statecraft, such as the efficacy of sanctions, and coercive diplomacy and human rights diplomacy;
  • present and discuss analyses of diplomacy and statecraft with their peers
Assessment 32406-02 : 1000 word essay : Coursework (25%)
32406-04 : 3000 word essay : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1000 word essay (25%) and 3000 word essay (75%)
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