• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Luke Glanville
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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This course requires the completion of a 15,000 word research thesis. Students research a topic of importance to diplomacy in consultation with their supervisor. The thesis is to be completed full time within one semester. The thesis will develop students' research, writing and argumentation skills on an issue of importance to them and to diplomacy as a practice and field of study. Students are invited to formulate a research question that guides their project and which is of central research interest to academics in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. Students should consider an intellectual question, problem or issue which can be presented in the expected academic format: for example with an Introduction that locates the question in a wider literature or debate, canvasses why it is important and outlines the argument and how it will be made methodologically and structurally. Students are expected to be energetic self-starters, work independently and challenge analytical obstacles as they arise. At certain stages of the writing process, students will receive feedback on their progress from a thesis supervisor . While the supervisor will not comment on the thesis in its entirety, it is expected that students will apply any given feedback to subsequent chapters of the thesis. Two weeks prior to submission, students will have the opportunity to present their research design and findings to faculty, and receive further suggestions for improvement.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. pose a significant research question relating to diplomacy;
  2. investigate this question creatively, critically, ethically, and independently, including through sophisticated use of appropriate theory and methodology as appropriate to diplomacy, and place these investigations in the context of the relevant intellectual tradition;
  3. communicate their research and its findings through an appropriate medium.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 5000 words of preparatory work is required in the form of a literature review (3000 words) and thesis proposal (2000 words) Final assessment is based on the 15,000 word thesis examined by two academics or one academic and a senior diplomat. (100) [LO 1,2,3]

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course requires a permission code to enrol. Students must: • have successfully completed 48 units of ANU courses in the Master of Diplomacy; • have maintained an average of 75% in their courses in the program; and • provide written consent from a supervisor to commence in a specific semester.

You will need to contact the Department of International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Pauline  Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds) 2013. Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices. Oxford University Press, New York.
Costas Constantinou, Paul Sharp and Pauline Kerr (eds) (forthcoming 2016). The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy, SAGE Publishers, London.
Paul Sharp (2009). Diplomatic Theory of International Relations, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Preliminary Reading

Berridge, G.R. M. Keens-Soper, and T. G. Otte (2001) Diplomatic Theory from Machiavelli to Kissinger (Basingstoke: Palgrave).
Bjola, Corneliu (2013). The ethics of secret diplomacy: a contextual approach. Journal of Global Ethics, 10 (1): 85-100.
Burke, P. (2000). A Social History of Knowledge, Polity Press, London. 
Chalecki, E.L. (2008). ‘Knowledge in Sheep’s Clothing: How Science Informs American Diplomacy’, Diplomacy & Statecraft 19 (1): 1-19.  
Constantinou, C.M. (2013). ‘Between Statecraft and Humanism: Diplomacy and Its Forms of Knowledge’, International Studies Review, 15(2), 141-162.
Graig, G.A. & A. L. George (2013). Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Problems of Our Time, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 
Holme, P. & G. Ghoshal (2009). ‘The Diplomat’s Dilemma: Maximal Power for Minimal Effort in Social Networks’, Thilo Gross and Hiroki Sayama (eds) Understanding Complex Systems, Springer, Berlin: 269-288.
Holmes, M. (2013). The force of face-to-face diplomacy: mirror neurons and the problem of intentions. International organization, 67(04), 829-861.
Kaplan, K. (2011). ‘International Opportunities: The Science of Diplomacy`, Nature, 70: 425-427. 
Sutcu, G. (2012). ‘Evolution of diplomacy and the future of epistemic communities: Scientists as the diplomats of the 21st century’,  European Scientific Journal, 8 (26): 240-259.
Van Doren, Ch.(1992).  A History of Knowledge: Past, Present and Future, Ballentine Books, New York. 
Weisbrode, K. (2014). Old Diplomacy Revisited?: A Study in the Modern History of Diplomatic Transformations, Palgrave Pivot, Basingtoke.

Assumed Knowledge

The course assumes students will have a detailed knowledge about diplomacy as a practice and field of study from ancient to contemporary times. They will require skills that support academic research and writing at the graduate level, including an ability to be both self-directed and to take guidance and learn from supervision. And they will require practical diplomatic skills, such as negotiating bilaterally and multilaterally, and diplomatic communication generally. Recommended courses are those that comprise the coursework component of the Master of Diplomacy.


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:
24 units

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Year Fee
2021 $16440
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Year Fee
2021 $23520
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4146 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7150 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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