- Code DIPL8006
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Department of International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Diplomacy
- Areas of interest International Relations, Policy Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Diplomacy
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Benjamin Day
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2023
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This Course provides students with a systematic introduction to the United Nations as a family of organisations facilitating complex patterns of diplomatic engagement in the 21st Century. It opens with a discussion of the emergence of the United Nations then moves on to explore the structure and function of key United Nations organisation and finally examines the involvement of the United Nations in a range of complex endeavours such as humanitarian assistance, intervention, conflict management, and peacebuilding in disrupted states. It concludes with a discussion of the prospects for reform of the United Nations system.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of how the United Nations system is organised and functions, including its history and evolution.
- Display effective analytical skills to work competently either in the United Nations offices or in diplomatic missions attached to the United Nations and its agencies.
- Use high-level research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study in the diplomacy and politics of the United Nations and effectively communicate findings to both an academic and policy audience.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of the complex role played by the United Nations in contemporary global politics.
- Aquire an appreciation for the promise and limitations of the United Nations, including prospects for reform.
- Policy Essay - 2,000 Words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research Essay - 3,000 Words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Participation in class Discussion (10) [LO 1,2,5]
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This course comprises some 130 hours of activity over 12 weeks, both interactive/seminar based and independent research. The course comprises a maximum of 6k words of assessment or the equivalent.
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