Certificate in International Relations and Diplomacy
In this course, you will learn major theories of international relations and apply them to understand international situations and issues in the modern world. Emphases are on clearly comprehending the relationship between international conflicts and cooperation and on recognizing the shift from “internationalization” to “globalization”. This course will also examine foreign policy and practices of diplomacy in international relations. We will examine theories of foreign policy before exploring the process of foreign policy formation, the role of different sets of actors in influencing foreign policy, key practices or sites of diplomacy and the role of ethical considerations in foreign policy. Then we will apply these insights to a series of foreign policy case studies, and conclude with a simulation exercise associated with a hypothetical `global incident'. The course will help participants develop specific skills and knowledge which provide an advantage for employment opportunities in foreign affairs, diplomacy, intelligence, international research and consultancy, military and defence administration, international journalism, international human rights organisations, international development organisations, business and trade, and international hospitality. This course will enhance your 'generalist' job-related skills - such as skills in research, information processing, analysis evaluation, organisation, oral and written communication, and a broad general knowledge - which equip graduates for an increasingly dynamic job market in such broad areas as administration, management, business and the public service.