• Class Number 5672
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Benjamin Day
    • Dr Benjamin Day
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

Much contemporary practice of diplomacy deals with issues of international development, or the distribution of global public goods. Gaps between poor and rich countries, as well as poverty within nations, shape certain debates.  Development issues and dilemmas underpin tensions in multilateral and regional negotiations about climate change, official development assistance, reform on multilateral development banks and the IMF, remittance flows, labour mobility, cross-border infrastructure and many other issues.  

This course will help students:
- understand the global architecture that deals with development issues such as the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank, OECD, and UNDP; as well as strategies used by individual countries such as the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review in the USA;
- identify and analyse several development issues from the perspective of developing country actors and developed actors;
- examine in detail certain negotiations such as the Doha Development round of the World Trade Organisation;
- and examine emerging trends to deal with development issues such as the BRICS Bank, the Small Island Developing States Forum and south-south cooperation.

Diplomacy and Development will be the first such course of its kind, drawing together an understanding of international development issues and systems with the role of the diplomat and formal negotiations. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and define the concept of ‘development diplomacy’, and key diplomatic agreements such as the Millennium Development Goals and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
  2. Identify and examine the global and regional architecture relating to international development, and assess the roles of different actors
  3. Critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary diplomatic debates between developing and developed countries, and suggest strategies for resolution
  4. Role-play and critique country positions in relation to recent negotiations such as the COP 15 in Copenhagen, or the post-2015 framework
  5. Analyse and critically evaluate emerging trends to deal with development issues such as the BRICS Bank, the Small Island Developing States Forum and south-south cooperation.

Research-Led Teaching

This course draws on the conveners recently published research on the impact of COVID-19 on the international development regime.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Diplomacy and Development
2 Origins of the 'Development Project' and the Liberal International Order
3 The International Aid Regime
4 Reinventing Aid: Development before and after the Cold War
5 From Peak Aid to Aid Crisis: The MDG Era
6 Beyond Aid: Negotiating the SDGs
7 Taking Stock: The 'Development Project' meets COVID-19
8 What Now? Australia’s International Development Policy
9 Development Advocacy after the SDGs
10 The Southernisation of Development: Chinese Aid
11 Global Negotiations: International Climate Policy
12 Reimaging International Development

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Reading Relflection Presentation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5
Development Diplomacy Artefact Analysis 30 % 06/09/2021 20/09/2021 1,2,3
Research Essay 50 % 08/11/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3,4,5
Participation 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

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

Reading Relflection Presentation

The course reading list will specify key readings for Weeks 2 through 11 respectively. During each of these weeks, students will present a 5-minute Reading Reflection to the class based on one of these readings, after which they will introduce the class discussion. (Allocations of readings will take place in the first seminar. While all efforts will be made to accommodate student preferences, this may not be possible). In addition, students will post bullet point summary of the reading they are assigned to discuss to wattle, which will include:

·      The key deatils of the academic work;

·      Brief context;

·      Summary of the argument.

Word Length of Summary: 500 words

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 20/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Development Diplomacy Artefact Analysis

Students are to submit an essay which examines the significance of a key 'development diplomacy artefact' covered in the first module of the course (specifically, during weeks 2 through 6). The essay should primarily explain three things: what the agreement represents; the scope and scale of its impact on the international development regime; and the nature of its contemporary legacy.

Word Count: 1,500 words

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 08/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research Essay

Students are to choose a topic from the second module of the course (specifically, weeks 8 through 11) and submit a research essay that examines the extent to which development diplomacy concerning their chosen topic has changed between the pre-SDG and post-SDG eras and contemplates its potential future trajectory.. To this end, students must choose to give their essay one of the following titles:

  • Australian International Development Policy: Past, Present and Future,
  • Development Advocacy: Past, Present and Future
  • Southern’ Donors: Past, Present and Future
  • Global Climate Policy and Development: Past, Present and Future

Alternatively, students may incorporate an array of the above issues in an essay titled:

  •  'International Development Beyond COVID-19'

Or, provided it is approved in advance by the course convenor, students may submit a research essay based on a topic of their choosing.

Word Count: 3000 words

Assessment Task 4

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


Students will be awarded a participation grade, based on their involvement in class discussions and engagement with colleagues.

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 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

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded. OR 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.

Privacy Notice

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Distribution of grades policy

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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).
Dr Benjamin Day
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Dr Benjamin Day

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Dr Benjamin Day
6125 5744

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Dr Benjamin Day

Thursday 12:00 13:00

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