SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN225823
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject GCU London
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

Building on the Diplomacy: Practice, Procedures and Dynamics I module, Diplomacy: Practice, Procedures and Dynamics II deepens the conceptual understanding of international diplomacy and its. Themes explored will be linked to and reflect Diplomacy: Practice, Procedures and Dynamics I content, however the focus shifts away from understanding its contexts and applied practical diplomatic skills towards frameworks and conceptual models as well as organisational roles and dynamics rather than individual responses and interactions. Exploring the evolution of the international system and the relevance of diplomats and diplomatic services for the 21st Century agenda. The essentials of modern diplomatic needs and practice and the skills and knowledge required for the formation of the international diplomat. The role of the generalist diplomat in the light of technological advances and the growth of experts. Front line diplomats. National interest and diplomacy in times of crises. Challenges of humanitarian foreign policy. Diplomatic missions and the media, The impact of information technology on diplomatic missions and organisations. Formulation and implementation of foreign policy. Diplomatic ramifications of Brexit.


-360b7 The United Nations system and specialised agencies and their role in the conduct of International Relations. b7 The dynamics of diplomacy as an exercise of political influence which comprises strategies, tactics and techniques. b7 Evaluating the context of international political, cultural, and economic relations within which diplomacy takes place. b7 The necessary skills for the practice of diplomacy, especially assessment, advocacy, bargaining and persuasion which enable course participants to operate effectively in a foreign and global environment. b7 The main features of international political, economic and financial organisations; the major theoretical interpretations of international relations and the role of diplomatic missions in promoting business and trade. Decision-making and patterns of influence in international and regional organisations. b7 Structure, functions and decision-making of the EU External Action Service.

Learning Outcomes

On successfull completion of the module the students should be able to:-1. Demonstrate a critical, in-depth understanding of and ability to analyse the inherent dynamics of diplomacy and the context in which it operates as well as the changing dynamics of international and regional organisations. (CW01)2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the evolution of theoretical and conceptual frameworks of diplomacy. (CW01)3. Demonstrate the ability to apply relevant theories and concepts to unfolding events on the world scene, allowing comparative analyses. (CW01)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy includes the use of a variety of techniques including guided independent study, lectures, and seminars conducted by academic staff to develop efficient and effective understanding of International Diplomacy. The module delivery will in parts be facilitated by senior practitioners from the field of International Diplomacy to establish practical understanding of academic topics/issues as the aim is to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Weekly Lectures provide the theoretical aspect of this module, while seminars, case studies, simulation exercises and tutorials are in place to support individual learning. There will also be extensive use of case studies to give students the opportunity of learning from real-time examples. Some of these case studies will be required to resolve in groups to focus on joint/group understanding. The use of cases set in different contexts intends to promote 'situated learning' and to view problems from the perspective of those who are confronted with strategic challenges, choices, and decisions frequently.

Indicative Reading

Due to its integrative nature, there is no core text for this module. Background reading (Indicative) b7 Ayad, N & Copeland, D (Editors) (2009) Transformational Public Diplomacy: Shaping the Future of International Relations, University of Westminster, available from the University of Westminster Bookshop, 35 Marylebone Road, London W1. b7 Ayad, N & Marshall, P (Editors) (2000). Diplomacy Beyond 2000 , University of Westminster Press, 1996, available from the University of Westminster Bookshop, 35 Marylebone Road, London W1. b7 Diplomacy and Divinity (2005) Diplomatic Academy of London Press, available from the University of Westminster Bookshop, 35 Marylebone Road, London W1. b7 Are Diplomats Really Necessary? (1999) University of Westminster Press. The Information Explosion: A Challenge for Diplomacy (1999) University of Westminster Press. b7 Ayad, N (Editor) (2006) The Impact of Technology on Intelligence and Security , Diplomatic Academy of London Press. b7 Barston, R.P (2014) Modern Diplomacy 4th ed . Abingdon, UK: Routledge. b7 Bayne, N, & Woolcock, S. (2011) The New Economic Diplomacy: Decision-Making and Negotiation in International Economic Relations 3rd ed . Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing b7 Cable, J, (1985) Diplomacy at Sea London, UK: Macmillan Press b7 Claude, I.L. (1971) Swords into Plowshares: The Problems and Progress of International Organization . New York, NY: Random House. b7 Cohen, R. (1987) Theatre of Power: The Art of Diplomatic Signalling . London, UK: Longman. b7 Cooper, A.F.; Kirton, J.J.; & Schrecker, T. (Editors) (2008) Governing Global Health: Challenge, Response, Innovation Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing b7 Cooper, A. F (2008) Celebrity Diplomacy . Boulder, CO, US: Paradigm Publishers. b7 Fletcher, T. (2016) Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age. London, UK: William Collins b7 Gore, A. (2013). The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. New York, US: The Random House Publishing Group b7 Heifetz, R. & Linsky, M. (2002) Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading . Boston, MA, US: Harvard Business Press. b7 Hocking, B and Spence, D. (Editors) (2005) Foreign Ministries in the European Union: Integrating Diplomats. Rev. Ed . Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. b7 Malone, D.M (Editor)(2004) The UN Security Council: From the Cold War to the 21st Century . Boulder, CO, US: Lynne Rienner Publishers. b7 Marshall, Peter (1999) Positive Diplomacy , London, UK: Macmillan Publishers. b7 Marshall, P. & Ayad, Nabil (Editors) (1998) The Information Explosion: A Challenge for Diplomacy , University of Westminster Press, 1998, available from the University Bookshop, 35 Marylebone Road). b7 Nicolson, H. (1988) Diplomacy. 3rd ed . Washington DC, US: Georgetown University b7 Sharp, P. (2009) Diplomatic Theory of International Relations . New York, US: Cambridge University Press. Spero, J. E. & Hart, J.A. (1997) The Politics of International Economic Relations. 5th ed. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge. b7 Spies, Y.K. (2018 ) Global Diplomacy and International Society . London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan Thatcher, M. (1993) The Downing Street Years . New York, US: Harper Collins b7 Watson, A. (1982) Diplomacy: Dialogue between States Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge. Zartman W & Berman, M. R. (1982) The Practical Negotiator New Haven, CT, US: Yale University Press Online b7 Entina, E. (2019) Negotiations on Kosovo 2019: Opportunities and Limitations for Russia [ Accessed 11/02/19] Available from <https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/18/negotiations-on-kosovo-2019-opportunities-and-limitations-for-russia/> b7 Nurgalieva, G. (2019) Transformation of Uzbekistan: How smooth transition in elite class is reshaping the country [ Accessed 11/02/19] Available from <https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/30/transformation-of-uzbekistan-how-smooth-transition-in-elite-class-is-reshaping-the-country/> b7 Rivera, J.D. (2019) The United Nations: Expectations vs Reality [ Accessed 11/02/19] Available from <https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/02/10/the-united-nations-expectations-vs-reality/>

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Communication and presentation skills b7 Problem solving b7 Critical thinking and evaluation b7 Information retrieval Data analysis b7 Data interpretation b7 Teamwork b7 Peer learning b7 Interpersonal skills b7 Negotiation b7 Written and oral communication skills b7 Independent learning and self-management b7 Ethical conduct b7 Time management b7 Reflective learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 2.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 72.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 n/a Public Statement - Video recorded public statement (600 words) of a stakeholder in response to a current diplomatic issue supported by an annotated transcript contextually and conceptually justifying the stance taken. 3500 words incl. 600 transcript.