Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Diplomats are the instruments through whom states communicate and attempt to adjust their relations; diplomacy is the skill (or art) and techniques used in this endeavour. The practice of diplomacy is thus of considerable importance for the modern world and this module seeks to understand its practice. The tutorials concentrate on analysing the role of diplomats in the making and execution of foreign policy, examining at the evolution of diplomacy over the last century and the major challenges that face it in the twenty-first century. Those who are considering a career requiring diplomatic skills will be able to develop a deeper understanding of the field. It will also interest those interested in learning more about how states communicate with each other.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/pir-30153/lists
This module integrates the history, theory and practice of diplomacy with the aim of enabling students to explain and evaluate the practice of diplomacy, based on analysis of cases from the diplomatic services of multiple countries.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Critically evaluate key issues in the study of diplomacy: 1Offer informed analysis of the challenges of diplomacy in practice: 1,2Analyse theories of diplomacy and apply them to cases: 1,2Communicate their own arguments effectively and clearly: 1,2
20 hours tutorials130 hours of independent study including seminar preparation, foreign policy memo, and negotiation.
1: Report weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Foreign Policy Memo On the student┐s choice of one of several contemporary diplomatic challenges provided, students take the role of an embassy officer writing a briefing paper addressed to their government in which they interpret the position policy of their host country regarding the scenario and recommend a diplomatic course of action. The length of this memo is 1500 words.2: Group Project weighted 50%
Simulated NegotiationOn a case study provided, and in small groups of 3-4, students prepare a negotiation brief (1000 words, 40%, group mark), engage in a simulated negotiation (20%, group mark), and write an individual reflective piece linking their experience to theories of diplomacy (500 words, 40%).