• Offered by Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Areas of interest Political Communication
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jochen Prantl
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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The aim of this course is to prepare students for undertaking the thesis component of the Master of Diplomacy (Advanced) or Professional Doctorate. All students will learn appropriate methodology as required for research in diplomacy in small reading groups and seminars facilitated by academics at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD). In addition, each student will participate in one-to-one discussions with APCD academics on readings selected jointly by the academic and student that will form a foundation for a future thesis. The emphasis will be on active interaction between the student group and with the academics.

Learning Outcomes

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

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  1. Display an advanced awareness of research methodologies for the study of diplomacy
  2. Apply their knowledge of research methods and techniques to the development of a thesis proposal
  3. Critically analyze the reliability of a variety of information sources

Indicative Assessment

The course is worth 25% of the coursework component (which comprises 50% of the DDiplS). To achieve the DDiplS degree students must: achieve a pass grade minimum in the Diplomatic Doctoral Research Preparation    course; and complete and pass each course in the coursework component.

Essays will be worth 60% and exams, 40%.

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds), (2013). Diplomacy in a Globalising World. Theories and Practices, London, Oxford University Press 
Costas Constantinou, Paul Sharp and Pauline Kerr (eds), (2016 forthcoming). The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, SAGE Publications Ltd, London.

Assumed Knowledge

The course assumes students will have a sound knowledge of diplomacy as a practice and field of study from ancient to contemporary times. They will require skills that support academic study at a graduate level, including a capacity to understand the methods and approaches required to research diplomacy and to appreciate how these approaches are adopted, or not adopted, by scholars of diplomatic studies. Recommended courses are those that comprise the coursework component of the Master of Diplomacy (Advanced).


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
2017 $6840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $9756
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8928 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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