Not available in 2021/22
IR355      Half Unit
Economic Diplomacy

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Stephen Woolcock CBG.8.09


This course is available on the BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and Chinese, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


Some background knowledge of international political economy, such as that provided in IR206 ‘International Political Economy, will be useful to students taking this course.

Course content

The course introduces students to the theories and analytical frameworks relating to decision-making and negotiation in international economic relations and enables them to develop the skills needed to apply these to cases. It discusses the roles of the main actors, institutional settings and processes involved in domestic decision-making and international economic negotiations, and their interaction. The aim of the course is to provide participants with the ability to understand and analyse the factors shaping international negotiations in a range of policy issues from trade and investment, to the environment, economic summits and finance.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes,lectures and workshops totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Michaelmas Term. This year, some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of online lectures and in-person classes/classes delivered online. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

Bayne, Nicholas and Woolcock, S. The new economic diplomacy: decision-making and negotiation in international economic relations, Fourth edition, 2016


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the January exam period.

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2020/21: 23

Average class size 2020/21: 8

Capped 2020/21: Yes (20)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication