• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Areas of interest Human Sciences, Zoology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lauren Richardson
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
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This course is designed to provide students undertaking the Master of Diplomacy and the Master of International Law and Diplomacy with the opportunity to research a topic of importance to international law and/or diplomacy.

The course is designed to build upon previous foundational and elective courses and allow students to develop cutting-edge legal and diplomatic research. It will develop students' research, writing and argumentation skills on an issue of significance to the field.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced specialised knowledge and research skills to undertake an in-depth, critical analysis with respect to the area of international law and diplomacy relevant to the topic;
  2. Identify, analyse and reflect upon a complex body of knowledge in the area of international law and diplomacy relevant to the topic;
  3. Critically reflect upon and synthesise complex information, issues, concepts and theories as they apply in the area of international law and diplomacy relevant to the topic chosen; and
  4. Apply advanced knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a researcher.

Work Integrated Learning


This WIL component provides you with the opportunity to deeply engage with the course content, drive your leaning, build skills and confidence, and perform the learned tasks more effectively.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research paper (12,000 words) (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course comprises some 260 hours of activity over 12 weeks, this inlcudes independent research and meetings with course convenor and supervisor. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on the individual's ability in reading and writing.There will be no classes scheduled for this course.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with LAWS8301 - Graduate Research Unit Students must be enrolled in the Master of International Law and Diplomacy and have completed 72 units of the degree.

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

Prescribed Texts

None assigned.

Preliminary Reading

Pauline Kerr and Geoffrey Wiseman (eds) 2013. Diplomacy in a Globalizing World: Theories and Practices. Oxford University Press, New York.


Jeremy Farrall and H. Charlesworth (eds) 2016. Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council. Routledge, UK.


Jeremy Farall, B. Bowden and H. Charlesworth (eds) 2009. The Role of International Law in Rebuilding Societies after Conflict. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 


Brian Hocking, et al (2012). Futures for Diplomacy: Integrative Diplomacy in the 21st Century. Clingendael Institute for International Relations, The Hague.


Stuart Murray et al (2011). 'The Present and Future of Diplomatic Studies and Diplomacy', International Studies Review 13 (4): 709-728.Berridge, G.R. M. Keens-Soper, and T. G. Otte (2001) Diplomatic Theory from Machiavelli to Kissinger. Palgrave, Basingstoke.

Assumed Knowledge

 The course assumes students will have a detailed knowledge about international law . 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. Recommended courses are those that comprise the coursework component of the Master of International Law and 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

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $8880
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $12720
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3299 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
4152 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 Online View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8258 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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