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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.
Diploma and First Degree (Waiver: High School (O’Level) with minimum of 2 years work experience in a related field can apply).
By the time you complete this course, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehension of theories of international relations including realism, idealism, liberalism, neorealism, integrationism, interdependence, dependency, world system and regime
2. Tell exact locations of major countries on a world map and explain what problems those countries are facing
3. Demonstrate understanding of the causes and processes of modern international issues
4. Differentiate the concept of internationalization from that of globalization
5. Skillfully use extensive sources of information including internet, government publications, professional journals, and newspaper
6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through research paper writing and discussion.
What is international relations?
Theories of international relations
Brief history of modern international relations
National perspectives of different nations
Balance of power
Principal causes of war
International political economy
International trade & monetary system
International integration and transnational participation
Future world order
What is Diplomacy?
How do we define the scope of diplomacy?
Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
Organization of Diplomacy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Organization of Diplomacy continued – Actors in Foreign Policy
International Law and Diplomacy Structure of Diplomacy – Establishing Diplomatic Relations
Inside an Embassy
Diplomatic reporting and analysis
Public Diplomacy: diplomacy and public opinion
Protocol and Diplomacy
Diplomacy on the brink: Cuban Missile Crisis, the Suez Crisis
Multilateral vs. Bilateral diplomacy
Diplomacy of the EU and the UN
Due to emerging global trends, changes in the world and globalization across borders, our course outline, regularly change from time to time to meet up with this development and gives you leverage in a competitive world.
The concepts in this course will be taught using a combination of lecture, discussion, and dialogue around cases, with emphasis on active learning. A case is a comprehensive exposition of a real managerial situation describing a set of problems and requiring a plan of action. The case method provides a pragmatic framework for the learning process. Its success depends heavily on student preparation and active participation in class discussions.
To complete this course successfully, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course. This will include assignments and option test exam.