• Class Number 9975
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Claude Rakisits
    • Dr Claude Rakisits
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

Negotiation and conflict resolution are central features of the study and practice of diplomacy. This course explores the causes of conflict (and peace) and examines various mechanisms that are employed by the international community in an attempt to address interstate and intrastate conflict. It also provides students with an opportunity to study the theory and practice of the essential diplomatic art of negotiation. This course introduces and examines the international framework for negotiation and conflict resolution. It surveys the causes and character of conflict and explores a wide range of mechanisms for inter-state and intra-state conflict resolution. Three broad and topical concepts of diplomacy – ‘preventive diplomacy’, ‘coercive diplomacy’ and ‘peacebuilding diplomacy’ – are used to demarcate different phases and types of conflict management. In our consideration of preventive diplomacy we examine the preventive measures of peaceful settlement contained in Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication. In our examination of coercive diplomacy we discuss coercive measures for preventing and resolving conflict, such as sanctions and use of force provided for in Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Finally, we use the notion of peacebuilding diplomacy to examine the mechanisms that help shape peacebuilding interventions in conflict and post-conflict zones, such as peace processes and multidimensional peace operations.

As part of this course students undertake an intensive negotiation workshop. This flagship element of the Master of Diplomacy program provides students with first-hand exposure to the challenges of managing conflict through diplomatic negotiation. You will acquire and refine new negotiation and mediation skills and techniques through a variety of learning methods, including workshop discussion, demonstration, practice and simulation. The Negotiation Workshop aims to develop the ability of students to think politically and strategically, to examine key elements in the planning and conduct of negotiation and mediation, to identify essential qualities and skills for effective negotiation and mediation, and to consolidate this knowledge through practical exercises that simulate real-world diplomatic negotiations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and evaluate the nature and causes of contemporary political conflicts.
  2. Explain and examine the United Nations Charter framework for negotiation and conflict resolution and its application to inter-state and intra-state political conflicts.
  3. Recognise, apply and respond to different strategies of diplomatic negotiation.
  4. Design negotiation strategies for a variety of different diplomatic contexts, including formal, informal, bilateral and multilateral settings
  5. Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different mechanisms of preventive, coercive and peacebuilding diplomacy.
  6. Design strategies for evaluating and responding to different forms of inter-state and intra-state political conflict.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Kashmir: A case study in unresolved conflict In this class we'll examine the roots of this seventy-year-old conflict and what it means for regional stability on the sub-continent. We'll be returning to this issue during the Intensive Negotiation Workshop. Delivered by Dr Claude Rakisits, APCD
2 The Role of the United Nations in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Delivered by Prof Geoffrey Wiseman, APCD
3 Coercive Diplomacy – The North Korean case Delivered by Dr Lauren Richardson, APCD
4 Negotiating with Morally Repugnant Actors Delivered by Prof Bill Maley, APCD
5 Small States and Climate Change Negotiations Delivered by Mr George Carter, Dept. of Pacific Affairs, ANU
6 Negotiations: A Practitioner’s perspective Delivered by Ambassador Caroline Millar, PM&C
7 Intensive Negotiation Workshop Group 1: UNSC simulation 9am – 4.30pm each day - Monday to Thursday Delivered by Ambassador Peter Rodgers
8 Intensive Negotiation Workshop Group 2: UNSC simulation 9am – 4.30pm each day - Monday to Thursday Delivered by Ambassador Peter Rodgers
9 Course wrap-up Delivered by Dr Claude Rakisits, APCD

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Conflict situation policy brief 20 % 24/03/2019 08/04/2019 1,2
Research essay 50 % 28/04/2019 12/05/2019 1,5,6
Negotiation participation in workshop 10 % 02/05/2019 17/05/2019 3,4
Negotiation report 20 % 30/05/2019 13/06/2019 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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Assessment Requirements

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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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 08/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Conflict situation policy brief

The first assignment will be a 2,000-word conflict situation policy brief. It will be worth 20% of the total mark.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 28/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,5,6

Research essay

The second assignment will be a 5,000-word research essay focusing on negotiation. It will be worth 50% of the total mark.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 02/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Negotiation participation in workshop

Students will be assessed on their negotiating participation during the UNSC simulation. Criteria for assessment include: strength of plenary advocacy; effectiveness of corridor engagement; and achieving the negotiating objectives outlined in diplomatic instructions. It will be worth 10% of the total mark.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Negotiation report

The final assessment task will be a 2,000-word negotiation report. It will be worth 20% of the total mark.

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

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Hardcopy Submission

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Late Submission

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.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

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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Support for students

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Dr Claude Rakisits

Research Interests

South Asia and Indian Ocean regions, geo-strategy, diplomacy

Dr Claude Rakisits

Dr Claude Rakisits

Research Interests

Dr Claude Rakisits

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