- Class Number 9112
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Geoffrey Wiseman
- Prof Geoffrey Wiseman
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
This course examines in detail a range of contemporary issues that present challenges for diplomatic practitioners and which appear to demand innovative diplomatic responses. There are an increasing number of global and regional issues which can only be managed through diplomatic processes, not through the use of force. But how best to manage these issues is exceptionally challenging. For example, the increase in violent international terrorism is putting the debate about whether diplomacy is a necessary but not sufficient management under the spotlight. Moreover, there are other types of challenges that are the result of new methods of practicing diplomacy, such as digital diplomacy and network diplomacy. Into the mix, the increasing networks of state-based diplomats and non-state actors, raise questions about the exact nature of diplomatic challenges from the perspective of the different players.
These challenges raise practical and intellectual questions. For example, in a globalising and interdependent world exactly what comprises states’ interests and who decides – how do the representatives of the state, the state-based diplomats, attempt to reconcile their state’s national interests around issues that require collective action. What does sovereignty mean today and how do state-based diplomats and non-state actors frame and negotiate sovereignty? How are global and regional multilateral institutions and regimes negotiated and in whose interests and values? Is international law or politics the structure that directs diplomatic agency and practice? Does the analysis of diplomatic practices concerned with contemporary diplomatic challenges provide generalisations that inform a theory of practice?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise, analyse and explain why particular frames, or cognitive maps, such as those based on legal, ethical, economic, socio-cultural, political or security factors, are adopted and others rejected by different diplomatic actors involved in contemporary diplomatic challenges.
- Evaluate the extent to which the responses of different diplomatic actors to diplomatic challenges are explained by such factors as norms based on law and justice or interests based on power and sovereignty.
- Analyse and evaluate the practices of state-based and non-state actors in managing diplomatic challenges and explain whether or not an examination of these practices informs a critical reading of theoretical propositions in academic literatures.
- Explain the nature of contemporary diplomatic challenges, including those in the Asia-Pacific, and design diplomatic strategies for managing them.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Summary of Activities
|Introduction: Challenges Facing State Foreign Ministries
|The North Korea Watchers: An ethnographic study of an expert community
|Soft Power and Public Diplomacy
|Engaging armed non-state (armed) actors
|Diplomatic Challenges in the South Pacific
|Diplomacy and Human Rights
|The Diplomacy of Science in Antarctica
|Essay due Monday 16 September
|Dealing with Adversarial States in the Digital Age
|Diplomacy and Development
|Diplomatic Challenges in the South China Sea
|Women in Diplomacy
|Course Wrap-Up: Can diplomats manage the challenges?
|Final assessment exam/paper topics released on 24 October. Due on 4 November.
|Return of assessment
|1, 2, 3, 4
|1, 2, 3
|1, 2, 3,
|1, 2, 3, 4
|1, 2, 3, 4
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation will be graded on several criteria: evidence of careful reading of weekly course material; willingness to answer questions and promote discussion; appropriateness, enthusiasm, and civility of comments; eagerness to contribute to the process of discussion, such as building on and encouraging the ideas of others; asking constructive questions of guest speakers and the convenor; and demonstrating an ability to listen to guest speakers, the convenor and to other students in an engaged, respectful and professional fashion.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Participation will be graded on several criteria: evidence of careful reading of weekly course material; willingness to answer questions and promote discussion; appropriateness, enthusiasm, and civility of comments; eagerness to contribute to the process of discussion, such as building on and encouraging the ideas of others; asking constructive questions of guest speakers and the convenor; and demonstrating an ability to listen to guest speakers, the convenor and to other students in an engaged, respectful and professional fashion. You can only earn participation marks if you attend the weekly seminar and attendance does not equal participation.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Students will write a 1,000-word critical review of one or more course readings before the mid-semester teaching break. The precise topic or question to be addressed will be given out one week before the review is to be submitted. Students will give a brief, five-minute (maximum) class presentation on their review.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3,
Students will write a 1,000-word critical review of one or more course readings after the mid-semester teaching break and before the final class in week 12. The precise topic or question to be addressed will be given out one week before the review is to be submitted. Students will give a brief, five-minute (maximum) class presentation on their review. Students may do more than two reading critiques in which case their two best marks will count towards their final grade.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Students will write one 1,500 word take-home essay, answering a question based on course readings and materials. There will be a choice of questions.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Students will write one 2,500 word take-home essay, answering a question based on course readings and materials. There will be a choice of questions.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Soft power, diplomatic relations between adversarial states, and regional diplomatic cultures in the Asia-Pacific.
Prof Geoffrey Wiseman