• Class Number 6592
  • Term Code 3170
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic Pacific Negotiation Workshop
  • Mode of Delivery Online or In Person
    • Dr George Carter
    • Dr George Carter
    • Dr Timothea Turnbull
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 18/10/2021
  • Class End Date 20/12/2021
  • Census Date 05/11/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/11/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course will be occasionally scheduled to offer one-off opportunities to study under visiting experts, or to showcase a new teaching area. Information on the particular topic offered under this course will be outlined in the ‘Other Information’ section, including topic title, the topic convenor, and an indication of workload and indicative assessment.This course complements the suite of existing core courses offered by the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. The topics offered each year will vary in response to current issues and emerging research. Details of the topic(s) of the coming year are available from the convenor.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the major issues in, and concepts associated with the special topic area;
  2. Evaluate and confidently apply these concepts;
  3. Critically evaluate approaches to the study of the special topic area;
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills.

Research-Led Teaching

This course provides participants with first-hand exposure to the challenges of diplomatic negotiation in the Pacific Island region, through a series of guest lectures in November and an intensive Pacific negotiation masterclass in December. Participants will acquire and refine new negotiation skills and techniques through a variety of learning methods, including workshop discussion, demonstration, practice and simulation. The course aims to develop the ability of participants to think politically and strategically about Pacific policy challenges, to examine key elements in the planning and conduct of negotiation to address these challenges in the context of Pacific politics, security and development, to identify essential qualities and skills for effective negotiation, and to consolidate this knowledge through practical exercises that simulate real-world diplomatic negotiations in and on the Pacific region.

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

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Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Foundations in negotiations Guest speakers
2 Pacific negotiation masterclass Negotiation simulation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Negotiating Policy Brief - 3,000 words 40 % 17/11/2021 27/11/2021 1
Negotiation Strategy Outline - 1,000 words 20 % 02/12/2021 15/12/2021 1,2,3
Negotiation Outcomes Report - 2,000 words 40 % 06/12/2021 15/12/2021 2

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Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 17/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 27/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1

Negotiating Policy Brief - 3,000 words

The UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 will be held in Glasgow from 01-12 November 2021. Likely topics for negotiations are listed here: https://ukcop26.org/uk-presidency/negotiations/. From this list of topics, select one topic and one Pacific nation, and write a policy brief which (a) outlines the selected topic and situates its importance to the Pacific nation you have chosen, (b) maps out the areas of contention and agreement on this topic in Glasgow and (c) proposes different scenarios for a negotiated outcome on this topic from the perspective of the desired outcome of the nation you have selected.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 02/12/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Negotiation Strategy Outline - 1,000 words

Based on the negotiating brief you will receive at the end of Day 1 of the negotiation workshop, provide an outline of your plan for Day 2’s negotiation simulation:

(a) your preferred outcome

(b) your talking points and your red lines

(c) your likely coalition partners and your likely detractors 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/12/2021
Return of Assessment: 15/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 2

Negotiation Outcomes Report - 2,000 words

Reflecting on your participation in the negotiation workshop, provide an outcomes report which details

(a) the negotiated outcomes you were seeking to achieve

(b) the outcomes that emerged

(c) how the negotiated outcomes reflect, or do not reflect, your preferred outcome

(d) your reflections on what worked and did not work (based on the strategy you sought to implement)

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