GOVT 342: Diplomacy

GOVT 342-KD1: Diplomacy
(Spring 2022)

09:00 AM to 11:40 AM T


Section Information for Spring 2022

This course offers an introduction to contemporary diplomacy by looking at its tasks, procedures, instruments, and problems.  The course examines how states manage their external relations, and explores the conditions under which diplomacy contributed positively or negatively to various foreign policy outcomes.   It also looks at the ways foreign policy decisions are made and implemented highlighting the role of individuals and institutions responsible.  

The course is comprised of two parts. The theoretical part is organized to study diplomacy in the context of international relations theory, approaches to conducting diplomacy, and the modes of diplomacy in different issue areas. The practical part is organized to learn about the diplomatic strategies, the art of negotiations, communication skills, and diagnostic and prescriptive characteristics of effective diplomacy as tools of statecraft. Students will study diplomatic cases and conduct simulations, in which teams of students speak on behalf of an assigned country on a variety of challenging issues to expand their understanding of diplomacy, global geopolitics, and international relations. This course requires active participation and teamwork of the enrolling students. 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Origins of organized diplomacy: tasks, procedures, instruments, and problems of diplomacy. Emphasizes current, future roles of diplomacy. Limited to three attempts.
Recommended Prerequisite: GOVT 132, 133.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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