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International Relations and Foreign Policy 1: diplomacy - Non-credit bearing


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This is a non-credit bearing course but can also be taken as a credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

The International Relations and Foreign Policy 1: Diplomacy short course enables you to gain an understanding of both the analysis and practice of foreign policy and diplomacy via an introduction to historic and thematic analyses of diplomatic practice. We will investigate historic and contemporary issues, actors and institutions in international relations.

We aim to cover the following content:

  • Power, prestige and ‘decline’
  • The history of diplomatic practice I
  • Empire: identity and structures of foreign policy
  • Old vs new diplomacy in the 1930s
  • UN and building the post-war order
  • The evolution of British foreign policy 
  • Economic sanctions
  • Multilateral diplomacy

This intermediate-level course precedes and complements our International Relations and Foreign Policy 2: Policy and Issues short course, which applies insights from this short course to contemporary foreign policy within a comparative framework.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.