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MGX9110 - Diplomacy and statecraft

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader: Dr Nick Bisley


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Evening)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Foreign policy involves relationships with other governments over which little control is directly exercised. Diplomacy as the art of persuasion is therefore an integral part of foreign policy. Just as democracy has transformed the domestic political environment of many countries since the eighteenth century, self-determination has transformed the international political environment in the twentieth century. The two traditions in statecraft - one moral and universalist, one pragmatic and promoting the 'national interest' - are tested in the context of bilateral, regional and multilateral modern diplomacy. Case studies in the Asia-Pacific and the challenges facing foreign policy.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:


Individual presentation (1500 words): 20%
Individual assignment (2500 words): 30%
3 hour examination: 50%

Contact hours

3-hour class per week