• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Areas of interest Political Communication
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course will prepare students to conduct research in a number of careers. The course will introduce students to essential principles of qualitative and quantitative research design, methods and practices. It focuses then on the most commonly used methods in the field of Diplomatic Studies. With this understanding of research methods, students will be better prepared to formulate well-structured essays in their own coursework and to critically analyse the research of others.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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 analyse the reliability of a variety of information sources

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral presentation #1 (10 minutes, critical course reading) (10) [LO 1,3]
  2. Literature review (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Oral presentation #2 (15 minute plus Q&A, thesis proposal) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Thesis proposal (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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10 hours per week in reading assessment and class attendance.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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