• Class Number 4410
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Geoffrey Wiseman
    • Prof Geoffrey Wiseman
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Bhavani Kannan
SELT Survey Results

Leadership and Diplomacy is designed for students interested in studying diplomacy from a leadership
perspective. The course examines the role of leadership in the evolution and changing nature of the
diplomatic dialogue between states over the past century, concentrating on challenges for diplomatic
leadership at this moment in history. These challenges include: great-power leadership, notably the special
role of US leadership; changing diplomatic practices requiring leadership, such as the widespread use of
summit, conference, and public diplomacy; revolutionary and post-colonial leadership; individual leadership
(the UN secretary-general) and moral leadership (Nelson Mandela); “middle power” and small-country
leadership; regional diplomatic leadership; and, finally, non-state alternatives to state-based diplomatic
The course will be useful not only for those students contemplating diplomatic and government careers, but
also for those whose future work in business, the media, or the non-profit sectors will require interaction with
foreign ministries, embassies, ambassadors and international organizations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. display a sound general knowledge of some of the main ideas about diplomacy, especially its bilateral and multilateral forms, with an introduction to its transnational forms.
  2. understand the world of diplomacy and the leadership roles and activities of diplomats.
  3. enhanced verbal and personal communication skills through interactive discussion and debate.
  4. strengthen skills in analyzing the organization and conduct of power in contemporary international affairs through the lens of diplomacy and, therefore, to be able to better understand current events and policy concerns.
  5. demonstrate historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives on leadership and diplomacy.

Research-Led Teaching

Like all social theory, diplomacy is dynamic, not static, so the latest research must be part of any approach to teaching. Dr Pauline Kerr and Professor Wiseman of the Asia–Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) edited the course textbook.  It is based on emerging research literature and is committed to the idea of research-based teaching.  In this spirit, for the new (2018) edition of the textbook, 17 chapters (including the Introduction and Conclusion) were revised to reflect theoretical and practical advances in the diplomatic studies field over the past five years.  Additionally, three new chapters were included covering some of the most significant recent advances: practice theory, gender and diplomacy, and the relationship between the use of force and diplomacy.

Required Resources

Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds), Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices, New York, Oxford University Press, 2018 (second edition).

The course textbook is available at the ANU Co-op Bookshop and Harry Hartog. We strongly recommend that you purchase a physical copy of this textbook as soon as possible. The textbook is also available as an e-book through the following sites: Ecampus, Red Shelf or Chegg Books.

Additional assigned and recommended readings will be available through Wattle.

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.

Other Information

This course is run as a highly interactive workshop. As such, classes will not be recorded. Your active and engaged participation is a requirement. If you are unable to attend any class, please contact the teaching team immediately to discuss viable study arrangements.

Please note that this is a preliminary Class Outline. Programs and Courses does not get updated throughout the semester. A finalised version will be available on Wattle containing any updates, changes, and further information. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Professor Wiseman or Bhavani Kannan.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Overview: The Foreign Policy-Diplomacy Nexus
2 Historical Thinking About Diplomatic Leadership: Old vs New Diplomacy
3 Diplomatic Leadership in Reporting and Negotiation
4 Diplomatic Leadership in the Field: Representation and Crisis Management
6 Challenges to American Diplomatic Leadership Empirical Test 1 - Sunday, 5 April
7 MONDAY 6 APRIL TO SUNDAY 19 APRIL – TEACHING BREAK Essay Outline - Sunday, 19 April
8 Talking to the Enemy as a Leadership Issue: Post-Colonial and Revolutionary Diplomacy
9 Leadership in Multilateral Diplomacy: The Special Role of the UN Secretary-General
10 Small and Middle Power Diplomatic Leadership
11 Diplomacy and Moral Leadership
12 Emerging Regional Diplomatic Leadership
13 Non-State Actor Leadership and the Future of Diplomacy Empirical Test 2 - Sunday, 31 May

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials run weekly from weeks 1 through 12, except for week 5. Please select a tutorial group on Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Class Participation 10 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Reading Summaries 20 % * * 1, 2, 4, 5
Empirical Test 1 10 % 05/04/2020 14/04/2020 1, 2, 4, 5
Empirical Test 2 10 % 31/05/2020 07/06/2020 1, 2, 4, 5
Essay Outline 10 % 19/04/2020 03/05/2020 1, 2, 4, 5
Essay 40 % 07/06/2020 * 1, 2, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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.


This course is run as a highly interactive workshop. As such, classes will not be recorded. Your active and engaged participation is a requirement. If you are unable to attend any class, please contact the teaching team immediately to discuss viable study arrangements.


This course does not have examinations.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Class Participation

Participation is assessed weekly in tutorials. You are strongly advised to attend tutorials punctually and actively participate each week.

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; and
  • Demonstrating an ability to listen to tutors and to other students in an engaged, courteous, and professional fashion. 

If participating in class poses a significant challenge, you must consult Professor Wiseman or Bhavani Kannan to determine an alternative or seek guidance on how to improve your participation.

Value: 10%

Due: Weekly throughout the semester

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5

Reading Summaries

Students will submit a 200-word reading summary each week. Each reading summary is worth 2%. The best 10 out of 12 reading summaries will contribute towards your final grade.

Value: 2% each for a total of 20%

Due: Weekly throughout the semester

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 05/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 14/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5

Empirical Test 1

30 minute online quiz consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions covering course content from approximately weeks 1-6.

Value: 10%

Due: Sunday, 5 April 2020

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 07/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5

Empirical Test 2

30 minute online quiz consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions covering course content from approximately weeks 7-12. Content from weeks 1-6 may also be included.

Value: 10%

Due: Sunday, 31 May 2020

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 19/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5

Essay Outline

Provide a 1,000-word outline of your final essay, including your main thesis or argument, and an annotated bibliography.

Value: 10%

Due: Sunday, 19 April 2020

Assessment Task 6

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 07/06/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5


Respond to one of the assigned essay questions in 3,000 words. The essay should draw on all relevant course materials. Additional research is not required.

Value: 40%

Due: Sunday, 7 June 2020

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community 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 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 University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends that Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin, please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

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.

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.

Returning Assignments

Feedback for assessment tasks will be provided online, or via hard copy, by the specified return date.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Re-submission of assessment tasks is not permitted. Students are encouraged to use the Turnitin Practice Site to check Originality Reports prior to final submission.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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