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IR501 – Workshop on Diplomacy

1.  Course Number:              IR 501         Credits:  3         Contact hours: 45


2.  Course Title:                     Workshop in Diplomacy


3.  Pre-requisites:                   Graduate Standing


4.  Course Description:

The course concentrates on practical aspects of diplomacy, including policy formulation, representation, reporting and analysis, persuasion, consular protection and services, public affairs, and administration.  The approach is both historical and practical, including examples from real life.


5. Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


Examine the diplomatic and consular career, its objectives, its ethics and its specialist terminology. Exam, course assignments
Write diplomatic reports and analyses. Exam, course assignments
Create foreign policy. Exam, course assignments
Examine consular work. Exam, course assignments
Create demarches to foreign governments. Exam, course assignments

6.  Basic Texts:

Title:                Diplomacy, 34th ed

Authors:          Nicolson, Sir Harold

Publisher:        Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown

ISBN:              0934742529


Title:                Diplomatic Handbook, 6th ed

Author:            Feltham, R.G

Publisher:        Longman, 1992.




7.  Additional Reading and Supplemental Texts:

Kissinger, Henry A. Diplomacy, Simon & Schuster,1994

Gore-Booth, Lord (ed.), Satow’s Guide to Diplomatic Practice, Longman 1988

Macomber, William, The Angels Game, revised ed., published by author, 1997

Thayer, Charles W., Diplomat, Harper & Bros. and Greenwood Press, 1959


8.  Mode of Delivery:

Classroom instruction. See Addendum for specific details.


9. Course Outline:

Topics Covered                                                                                   Academic Hours


Diplomatic history and organization                                                               15

  • Ancient, Byzantine, Italian, French, and “American” diplomacy
  • Foreign ministries
  • Broader foreign affairs actors
  • Diplomatic and Consular missions
  • Diplomatic characteristics and ethics

Consular Work – Guest Lecture                                                                      3

  • Protection, visas, etc.

Midterm examination                                                                                      1.5

Methods and techniques of communication                                         13.5

  • Reporting and analysis
  • Policy making
  • Demarches
  • Terminology

Protocol, privileges and immunities                                                         3

Conference management                                                                                3

“Humanitarian Intervention”                                                                       3

Final examination                                                                                              3

Total                                                                                                               45