Guías Académicas

DIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN POLICY

DIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN POLICY

GRADO EN ESTUDIOS GLOBALES/GLOBAL STUDIES

Curso 2022/2023

1. Subject Information

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Code
109020
Plan
290
ECTS
4.00
Type
Compulsory
Year
3
Duration
First semester
Language
English
Area
DERECHO INTERNACIONAL PÚBLICO Y RELACIONES INTERN.
Departament
Derecho Público General
Virtual platform

Campus Virtual de la Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Information

Profesor/Profesora
Polly Ruth Polak
Group/s
Único
Centre
Fac. Derecho
Office
227
Office hours
-
Web address
http://campus.usal.es/~derechointernacionalpublico
E-mail
pollypolak@usal.es
Phone
923294400 Ext. 1673

2. Association of the subject matter within the study plan

Curricular area to which the subject matter pertains.

International Relations

Purpose of the subject within the curricular area and study plan.

To deepen the student’s knowledge and skills in diplomacy as a fundamental part of a state’s foreign policy and international relations.

Professional profile.

The contents and techniques of this subject are essential for professionals who specialize in international issues, especially diplomats, but also for political scientist, civil servants, etc.

3. Prerequisites

Those acquired by passing the main subjects of the first and second courses of the Degree, such as “International Relations”, “Public International Law” and “European Union”.

4. Learning objectives

This subject seeks to offer the student a comprehensive and competent guide to the multiple dimensions and forms of expression of diplomacy, the art of negotiating international agreements and the channels through which such activities occur when states are in diplomatic relations, and when they are not. By combining theory and practice, the subject provides learners with the essentials of all aspects of diplomacy and foreign policy as practiced today, from illustrating the complexity of the management of the diplomatic service and in particular of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs to the impact globalisation has had on a state’s relations with the world and how multilateral diplomacy is becoming the predominant shape of the international dialogue.

5. Contents

Theory.

I. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy: 1. Introduction to diplomacy and foreign policy. 2. General aspects and differences between international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy. 3. History of diplomacy.

II. State bodies for Foreign Relations: 1. Head of State or Government. 2. The Foreign Minister. 3. The Foreign Ministry: history and functions.

III. Channels of Diplomacy: 1. Introduction: permanent and ad hoc diplomacy. 2. Legal instruments. 3. Embassies: history, functions, immunities and privileges. 4. Consular missions: history, immunities and functions. 4. Permanent Representations to International Organisations. 5. Special Missions. 6. Conferences and Summits.

IV. The “new” European common diplomacy: 1. Introduction to diplomacy in the EU. 2. Bilateral diplomacy. 3. Multilateral Diplomacy. 4. External diplomatic relations: the EEAS and EU Delegations.

V. Recent diplomatic practice: case studies.

Practice.

There will be class essays or case studies relating to some of the relevant issues dealt with in the theoretical classes to be chosen by the professors.

6. Competences acquired

Basic / General.

Básicas: CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4. Generales: A1, A3, A4, A5.

Specific.

B7, B11, B12, B13

7. Teaching methods

This subject combines both theoretical and practical classes in a 70% and 30% relevance respectively. For all of them a previous preparation on the part of the student will be required by using the materials or references offered by the professors, meaning the “master sessions” will only represent approximately 50% of the theoretical part.

8. Anticipated distribution of the use of the different teaching methods

9. Resources

Reference books.

- ‘Diplomacy. Theory and Practice’ by G. R. Berridge (Palgrave)

- ‘Modern Diplomacy’ by R. P. Barston (Routledge)

- Part III of ‘Introduction to Politics’ by R. Garner et al (OUP)

- Introduction of ‘Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy’ by J. Heine et al (OUP)

10. Assessment

General considerations.

The assessment instruments will be the following:

  1. Passing the exam. The modality of the exam will be a multiple-choice test (70 % of the final mark).
  2. Hand in the case studies and an active participation in practical and theoretical classes and seminars (30 %).

Guidelines in the case of failing the subject.

The requirements for the second exam are the same of those for the ordinary call.

11. Weekly teaching organization