Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    International Relations

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview

    As the title of the subject suggests, Diplomacy: Theory and Practice provides students with a rigorous understanding of conceptual and practical issues relating to modern diplomacy. In this subject students first learn about diplomacy then, via a range of innovative and diverse negotiation exercises, get to practice diplomacy. In this practical context, the flagship exercise is a long negotiation role-play that runs for six weeks (in 2015, for example, we designed and ran a mulit-party negotiation simulation based on the tragic Syrian crisis). The aim of such exercises and, indeed, the subject is twofold and unique: to allow students to put theory into practice during a subject and, second, to encourage the participants to think and act like diplomats.

    Learning Objectives
    1. The ability to interpret and deliver concise and relevant information in a written assignment.
    2. The skill to identify strengths, weaknesses and appropriate action in a variety of tense negotiation settings.
    3. A sound understanding of the theoretical approaches to Diplomacy (i.e. an understanding of the core diplomatic literature).
    4. A rigourous understanding of the practical, professional realm of Diplomacy.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.