This is a full-time programme, however the unique teaching calendar has been designed to allow working professionals to attend all sessions. It is taught via a combination of four intensive weeks, weekly evening sessions, and two policy weekends.
You will take three compulsory courses and complete a dissertation of 15,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.
(* denotes a half unit)
Strategy in a Changing World
Examines five different perspectives on strategy: new approaches to strategy in international affairs; the interplay between old and new strategic actors; global strategic and economic trends; political and security developments in the world's key regions; the nature of strategic decisions.
Diplomacy and Challenges
Examines the six key aspects of diplomacy: the tools of diplomacy and negotiation; new international security and policy challenges, such as climate change; global flashpoints, such as Brexit, the South China Sea and Syria; policy assessment on a major current international problem; simulations on crisis management and diplomatic negotiations; the future of diplomacy and international affairs.
Strategy in Action*
A series of intensive workshops give participants experience in evaluating foreign policy decisions and options, preventative action to reduce near-term risks and threats, and the development of longer term strategies. Through group exercises, participants will be asked to prepare a strategy and policy paper relevant to the day. In addition, brief sessions on methodology will lay the foundations for the formulation of a dissertation topic which must be in the form of a 3,000 word dissertation plan. This module is taken in conjunction with IR496 Dissertation.
Dissertation (one and a half units)
This is an independent research project of 15,000 words on an approved topic of your choice. Your topic should make central use of concepts in the study of international relations, strategy and diplomacy and should demonstrate a good understanding of these concepts and implications. The dissertation will draw on empirical topic areas but should also demonstrate a high degree of conceptual originality. As part of your preparation for writing the dissertation, you will attend workshops and individual supervision sessions with your dissertation supervisor.
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