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Certificate in International Relations and Diplomacy

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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.

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Entry Requirements

Diploma and First Degree (Waiver: High School (O’Level) with minimum of 2 years work experience in a related field can apply).

Learning Outcomes

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.

Course Outline

What is international relations?

Theories of international relations

Brief history of modern international relations

National perspectives of different nations


Balance of power

International security

Principal causes of war

International political economy

International trade & monetary system

International law

International organization

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

Diplomatic communication

Public Diplomacy: diplomacy and public opinion

Protocol and Diplomacy

Crisis Management

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.

Teaching Methodology

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.

Course Assessment

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.

Study Modes

Classroom Online

4 Weeks

2 Weeks

Study Tips

  • 1. Come to class regularly and on time
  • 2. Be fully prepared and ready to participate in every class.
  • 3. Find learning and positive experiences with your classmates and the instructor.
  • 4. Read, prepare and turn in your assignments on time.
  • 5. If asked by the instructor to give your opinion on a topic, give your best answer.
  • 6. Willingly and unselfishly share your ideas, experiences, and opinions to the class.
  • 7. Appreciate the opinions and values of your classmates and be respectful
  • 8. Don’t be noisy; don’t interrupt anyone and do well to keep your argument professional.
  • 9. Keep what happens in class professional and confidential.
  • 10. If you cannot make it to class, please let the instructor know in advance.

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