SYLLABUS 2003 - 2004

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

MODULE 1: DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN HISTORY, THEORY & PRACTICE

The study of international relations has evolved from an essentially narrow nineteenth-century view, that concentrated on diplomatic activity and diplomatic archives into the more complex subject it is today at the beginning of the twenty-first century. There is a greater interest today in the mental world within which international relations were considered and conducted, and a stronger and more sophisticated concern with the domestic causes and consequences of foreign policy.

MODULE 1

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(addresses European Diplomatic History, or, if specified by a candidate, one of the regional diplomatic history modules the Diplomatic Council, Oxford, is developing - African Diplomatic History for example).

European History Module contents:

Diplomatic history since the Congress of Vienna: Europe from 1815 to the present
The challenges of revolution and war
The challenge of Nationalism
The making and the challenge of Germany
The Congress of Berlin
The diplomacy of the war
Imperialism and the origins of World War I
The Peace Conference of Paris and early International law & the diplomat
The League of Nations
Issue of security versus disarmament
The Locarno Agreements
The foreign policies of Germany and Russia
Collective Security issues
World War II & its aftermath
The diplomacy of war & diplomacy by conference
Instruments of peace
The Cold War
East-West bloc groupings 1947-1990
Post Coldwar

 

 

 

MODULE 2: INTERNATIONAL AND DIPLOMATIC LAW

International law is defined as the body of rules governing the relations between states (although international law is the subject of much debate and opposing viewpoints).
This module considers its relevance in diplomatic relations in the fact that considerations of international law do infact influence governments and provide standards of international behaviour which are acknowledged as ideal.

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1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations: In detail 230 page breakdown & explanation of the entire Convention
1946 Convention on the Privileges & Immunities of the UN
Treaties and Treaty-making
Types of Treaties, validity and termination of Treaties
Human Rights Law & Refugee law: 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol; Political asylum; diplomatic asylum; extradition
Law of the Sea
Mediation, conciliation, fact-finding and arbitration in international dispute settlement
UN, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian intervention
Recognition of states and governments, de facto and de jure, non recognition and its meaning in international law; recognition of governments in exile and entities
State responsibility and jurisdiction
The International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Criminal Tribunals

 

 

 

 

MODULE 3: CONSULAR LAW

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Brief history of Consular posts
1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations in detail breakdown & explanation of the entire Convention
Establishment of Consular posts
Consular functions: practical examples
Appointment of consular officer
Severance of consular relations
Privileges, facilities and immunities
Career consular officers & duties
Honorary consular officers and posts headed by honorary staff
Facilities, personal privileges & immunities

 

 

 

 

MODULE 4: DIPLOMATIC PRACTICE

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The establishment of Diplomatic relations & permanent diplomatic missions: general principles & purposes
Classes of heads of mission; titles of heads of mission; approval of a head of mission by the host state; credentials and presenting credentials; date of assumption of diplomatic activities; accreditation to more than one state; International organisations and accreditation; declaration of persona non grata; conduct of diplomatic relations

Organisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy Organisation: assessments; foreign policy setting; characteristics and orientation; levels of interaction and aggregation; Foreign Ministry relations with its own missions and with foreign missions; Trade policies; development policies

The Diplomatic Mission: administration & co-ordination; accounts; commercial and economic sections; cultural & educational attaches; specialist attaches and armed services attaches (Military Attaches); press, media and information sections; secretarial & archives; security, technical & communications-IT, satellite, SSB-Radio; Protocol & procedure; diplomatic correspondence; negotiation; diplomatic styles;

Trade & foreign policy: international financial relations

Environmental Diplomacy, The United Nations: purposes and principles; the UN Charter; the General Assembly; the Security Council; Economic & Social Council; The Trusteeship Council;
Information, role and secretariat of:
World Trade Organisation, ILO, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNRWA, FAO, IAEA, ICAO, IFADIMO, ITU, IMF,
The World Bank, UNDP, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO

Other international organisations:
NATO, WEU, European Union, Council of Europe, Nordic Council, Commonwealth, The Arab League, Asia Pacific Economic Forum (APEC),
ASEAN, BIS, ACS, CARICOM;
African Union, OAU, OPEC
Etc.

General issues covered:  Interaction with the press & media
Entertaining & offering hospitality: Invitations; seating plans; Dinners, lunches & buffets; introducing people; visiting cards; accepting hospitality & thank you; wines and spirits

 

 

 

 

 

MODULE 5: DIPLOMACY & LOBBYING OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

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An analysis of the main EU institutions is undertaken, their role, the EU decision-making process and the regulation of lobbying. The reasons why lobbying of the EU takes place and examples of lobbying practice, access to EU funding matters, descriptions of organisations and their role within the EU including the ACP and various conventions relating thereto including Lome and Cotonou.