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DAFF 2965A - Diplomacy: Theory and Practice

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course addresses students interested in diplomatic studies, a sociological approach to international relations or those thinking about a diplomatic career. The goal of this course is to present diplomacy as a practice, but also as a theoretical concept used to explain concrete aspects of international politics. The course will help students to understand the organization of diplomatic work, the functions and multiple social roles that diplomats fulfill in their daily life, as well as the impact that diplomacy has on the international scene. During the different sessions, we will analyze diverse aspects of diplomacy, such as its history, contemporary and innovative practices, the organization of a ministry of foreign affairs and an embassy, the functions of diplomats, the different domains, contexts and formats in which they intervene, and finally more practical issues such as communication, negotiation or entrance exams.


TANKE, Sarah (Etudiante doctorant)

Course validation

Debate on a case related to current diplomatic affairs (in small groups depending on number of students) 25%, quiz on mandatory readings 25%, attendance and participation 10%, final exam 40%

Required reading

  • Berridge, Geoff. 2015. Diplomacy: theory and practice. Fifth edition. Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bjola, Corneliu, Kornprobst, Markus. 2013. Understanding International Diplomacy. Theory, Practice and Ethics, London, New York : Routledge.
  • Melissen, Jan, ed. 1999. Innovation in diplomatic practice. Studies in diplomacy. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press.
  • Barston, R. P. 2006. Modern diplomacy. 3rd ed. Harlow: Pearson/Longman.
  • Cohen, Raymond. 1991. Negotiating across cultures: communication obstacles in international diplomacy. Washington, D.C: United States Institute of Peace.