Online course: Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World

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Duration: 13 hours

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Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World

The Global Diplomacy course is a unique offering to the MOOC environment. Bringing together cutting edge research in the broad fields of Diplomatic and International Studies, award winning distance learning delivery and the instructors previous experience of delivering a successful MOOC. Please see the volume Global Diplomacy: Theories, Types and Models authored with Dr Alison Holmes, (Westview, 2016), and the Understanding Research Methods MOOC from Coursera.

The Global Diplomacy MOOC has a direct heritage in the University of London International Academy/SOAS Global Diplomacy MA Programme launched in April 2013 which have attracted hundreds of students from around the world. The Global Diplomacy MA Programme is provided by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy which has been teaching postgraduate courses in Diplomacy for over twenty five years. After completing the ‘Global Diplomacy’ MOOC, learners will have: 1. The ability to demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature and development of global diplomacy, drawing on a variety of relevant contributing disciplines in the broad field of International Studies. 2. An understanding of changes in diplomatic practices and procedures and the relationship of those changes to contemporary politics. 3. A sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches to debates in diplomacy so that students have been exposed to the and skills needed to analyse global diplomacy. 4. knowledge of issues in global diplomacy in historical and contemporary contexts.



WEEK 1: 1 hour to complete

Welcome to Global Diplomacy: Diplomacy in the Modern World.

Read Me First
Course Outline
Classic Diplomatic Texts
E-tivity1: What is Diplomacy?
In this E-tivity we will question the nature of diplomacy and construct a definition.

What is Diplomacy?
Simon discusses the key characteristics of Global Diplomacy
Hans Morgenthau, “Diplomacy”

WEEK 2: 3 hours to complete

E-tivity 2 Success and Failure in Diplomacy

Welcome to the second week of Global Diplomacy: Diplomacy in the Modern World. This module will explore what constitutes Success and Failure in Diplomacy

Success in Diplomacy
Failure in Diplomacy
Robert Lansing – ‘The Peace Negotiations’

WEEK 3: 1 hour to complete

E-tivity 3: The Qualities of a ‘Good’ Diplomat

Welcome to the third week of Global Diplomacy: Diplomacy in the Modern World. This module will discuss qualities of a ‘good’ diplomat.

What are the qualities of a good diplomat?
Simon identifies the key characteristics of a good diplomat
Simon addresses the question of what is an Ambassador?
Chas Freeman, Diplomacy as a Profession

WEEK 4: 2 hours to complete

E-tivity 4: Diplomacy in Action

Welcome to the fourth week of Global Diplomacy: Diplomacy in the Modern World. This module will explore where we see diplomacy in action.

Where have you seen diplomacy in action?
Alan Henrikson, “The Future of Diplomacy? Five Projective Visions”

WEEK 5: 4 hours to complete

E-tivity 5: Reflections on Diplomacy

Welcome to the final week of Global Diplomacy: Diplomacy in the Modern World. In this module we reflect on what we have learnt about diplomacy. This extra challenge exercise will add to your understanding.

Dr Michele Acuto
Prof Jason Dittmar
Dr Dan Plesch
Mr John Worne
Dr Martin Brown
Prof Naoko Shimazu
Baroness Valerie Amos
Prof Stephen Casey
Prof Stephen Hopgood
Mr Omah Salha
Dr Richard Woodward
Dr Mark Laffey
Action Group for Syria Final Communiqué
Rudin Harry R., ‘Diplomacy, Democracy, Security: Two Centuries in Contrast’