• Class Number 3294
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 12 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Benjamin Day
    • Dr Benjamin Day
  • 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
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.

There is no required text for this course. However, students should consider consulting the following texts:

 ·      Berridge, Geoff. 2015. Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. Fifth edition. Houndmills, Basingstoke; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

·      Kerr, Pauline, and Geoffrey Wiseman, eds. 2018. Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices. Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

·      Constantinou, Costas M., Pauline Kerr, and Paul Sharp, eds. 2016. The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy. Los Angeles: SAGE.

·      Fisher, Roger, William Ury, and Bruce Patton. 2011. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In. 3rd ed., rev. Ed. New York: Penguin.

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

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar 1: Course Introduction
2 Seminar 2: Conflict & Negotiation: Context & Concepts
3 Seminar 3: Preventive Diplomacy
4 Seminar 4: Coercive Diplomacy
5 Seminar 5: Peacebuilding Diplomacy
6 Seminar 6: Negotiation in Practice
7 Intensive Negotiation Workshop Group 1: UNSC simulation 9am – 4.00pm each day - Monday to Thursday Delivered by Ambassador Peter Rodgers
8 Intensive Negotiation Workshop Group 2: UNSC simulation 9am – 4.00pm each day - Tuesday to Friday Delivered by Ambassador Peter Rodgers
9 No Seminar
10 Seminar 7: Course Review: Negotiating Future Conflicts
11 No Seminar
12 No Seminar

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Conflict Situation Brief 25 % 22/03/2020 06/04/2020 1,2
Research Essay 40 % 19/04/2020 04/05/2020 1,5,6
Participation in Intensive Negotiation Workshop 10 % 29/05/2020 29/05/2020 3,4
Intensive Negotiation Workshop Report 25 % 24/05/2020 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


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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 22/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 06/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Conflict Situation Brief

You are a member of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ elite Policy Planning Unit[1]. The UN Security Council has scheduled an urgent consultation with the UN Secretary-General to discuss how to respond to the latest developments in:

a.      The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (‘DPRK’ or ‘North Korea’);

b.     Bougainville;

c.      Libya; and

d.     Iran.


You must choose one of these crises/conflict situations and prepare a concise policy brief for the Secretary-General, explaining:

1.    The root cause of the crisis/conflict;

2.    Critical recent developments;

3.    Potential immediate Security Council responses (indicating whether they would fall under Chapters VI and/or VII of the UN Charter); and

4.    Your recommended long-term policy recommendations and their likely diplomatic ramifications.

Word Length: 3,000 (INTR8004 students); 1,500 (INTR8044 students)

[1] Reading suggestion on policy planning at the UN: Abiodun Williams, “Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General,” Global Governance, vol. 16 (2010), pp. 435-449. 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 19/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 04/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,5,6

Research Essay

You are to write a research essay that analyses the current ‘state of play’ regarding one of the three concepts of diplomacy highlighted in this course: preventive diplomacy; coercive diplomacy; or peacebuilding diplomacy.


Your essay should:

a.      Document the historical and conceptual development of the concept;

b.     Analyse the extent to which recent events or negotiations in one of the Course Case Studies (Libya, North Korea, Bougainville, Iran) challenge and/or confirm pre- existing understandings of the concept; and

c.      Comment on the likely future development of the concept, especially considering points a) and b) above.

Word Length: 5,000 (INTR8004 students); 2,500 (INTR8044 students).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Participation in Intensive Negotiation Workshop

Students will be assessed on their negotiating participation during the Intensive Negotiation Workshop, especially in the NSC simulation. Criteria for assessment include: strength of plenary advocacy; effectiveness of corridor engagement; and achieving the negotiating objectives outlined in diplomatic instructions.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 24/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 13/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3,4

Intensive Negotiation Workshop Report

You are required to submit a report, addressed to the capital of the delegation that you represented in the Negotiation Workshop, updating your capital on the state of play at the conclusion of the negotiation. It will contain analytical reporting on:

a.      How the negotiations unfolded;

b.     Who the most influential delegations were and why;

c.      A critical evaluation of your delegation’s achievements; and

d.     Proposed priority objectives for your delegation for the next round of negotiations on the same issue.


Word Length: 2,000 (INTR8004 students); 1,500 (INTR8044 students)

Academic Integrity

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Online Submission

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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.

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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Dr Benjamin Day

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Foreign Policy Analysis; International Development; Australian Foreign Policy

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