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International Relations and Foreign Policy 2: policy and issues - 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.

This International Relations and Foreign Policy 2: Policy and Issues short course will enable you to extend your understanding of the analysis and practice of foreign policy and diplomacy. We will study contemporary foreign policy decisions and issues and then apply critical insights from selected literature to contemporary foreign policy within a comparative framework.

This course will deepen your understanding and analyses of the international system of states. Through the examination of a series of case studies, we evaluate the principles and practices of diplomatic interactions between states. We also examine relations between states, international institutions and non-governmental actors.

We plan to cover the following content:

  • Economic diplomacy
  • 'War Powers' and parliamentary accountability
  • The changing nature of diplomacy
  • Arms control, dissent and disarmament
  • Digital diplomacy; the 'naked diplomat'?
  • Ethics and humanitarian intervention
  • The African Union and regional diplomacy
  • Summitry and environmental diplomacy
  • British foreign policy post-Brexit

This short course complements and builds on knowledge and analysis gained from our International Relations and Foreign Policy 1: Diplomacy short course.

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.