• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Diplomacy
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Benjamin Day
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (10) [LO 2]
  2. Short Essay: 1000 words (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Long Essay 3000 words (30) [LO 3,4,5]
  4. Exam: 2000 words (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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Approximately 120 hours of study over the semester

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Not Applicable


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:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5582 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In-Person and Online N/A

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