• Offered by Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Anthropology, Contemporary Europe, Environmental Studies, International Relations More...
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jochen Prantl
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2015
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This Course provides students with a systematic introduction to the United Nations as a family of organisations facilitating complex patterns of diplomatic engagement in the 21st Century.  It opens with a discussion of the emergence of the United Nations then moves on to explore the structure and function of key United Nations organisation and finally examines the involvement of the United Nations in a range of complex endeavours such as humanitarian assistance, intervention, conflict management, and peacebuilding in disrupted states.  It concludes with a discussion of the prospects for reform of the United Nations system.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

The course if designed to equip students with a thorough knowledge of how the United Nations system is organised and functions and with the skills to work competently either in the United Nations offices or in diplomatic missions attached to the United Nations and its agencies.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Winter session, on campus, seminar-style.

Indicative Assessment

Written work of 6,000 and a take-home examination at the completion of the course.

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Students undertaking this course could expect a workload of 20 hours per week.  This is inclusive of actual contact hours for lectures and also out of class preparation time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Enrollment in Plans 7831XDDIPL, 7896XMDIPS, 7880XMDIPL, 7886XMAIR, 7882XMDIPL, 7887XMASTS, 7893XMDIPL, 7883XLLM, 7885XMDIPL, 7881XMDIPL, 7890XIDEC, 7888XMDIPL, 7895XMDIPL, 7894XMDIPL and successful completion of DIPL8001

Preliminary Reading

Paul Kennedy, The Parliament of Man:  The Past, Present and Future of the United Nations (New York:  Random House, 2006)

Areas of Interest

  • Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Contemporary Europe
  • Environmental Studies
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • International Business


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $5916
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $8700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1459 01 Jul 2015 24 Jul 2015 24 Jul 2015 30 Sep 2015 In Person N/A

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