IRE112 International Organizations and Diplomacy

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
Mgr. Jana Urbanovská, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Maya Higgins, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Ivana Hlavsová (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Urbanovská, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Timetable
Wed 19. 2. 14:00–15:40 U23, Mon 24. 2. 8:00–9:40 P22, Wed 4. 3. 14:00–15:40 U23, Wed 11. 3. 14:00–15:40 U23, Wed 18. 3. 14:00–15:40 U23, Wed 25. 3. 14:00–15:40 U23, Wed 1. 4. 14:00–15:40 U23, Wed 8. 4. 14:00–15:40 U23, Wed 15. 4. 14:00–15:40 U23, Thu 23. 4. 16:00–19:40 P22, Fri 24. 4. 8:00–11:40 U42
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the issues of international organizations and diplomacy. The course is composed of two parts. The first part of the course concentrates on international organizations that belong to significant actors of current international relations. After explaining their definition, evolution and function, the attention turns to several selected international organizations that are analyzed from various standpoints. International organizations are one of the main platforms for diplomacy, to which the course turns in its second part. It presents historical evolution of diplomacy, international law framework of diplomacy and broad tasks of global diplomacy from messaging to negotiation, mediation and talk. It also analyses the multiplicities of global diplomacy, covering issue areas like war and peace, economics, development, environment and other. Special attention is devoted to diplomatic skills that are needed to make diplomacy successful.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course:
- student should acquire solid command of the concepts of diplomacy and international organizations;
- students should be able to apply the theory of international organizations and diplomacy to practice;
- students should possess basic skills and competences to analyse particular international organizations with a special focus on diplomacy and international negotiation;
- students should command basic diplomatic skills.
Syllabus
  • 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
  • 2. INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • 3. THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN WORLD POLITICS: DO THEY MATTER?
  • 4. THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE CHALLENGES IT FACES
  • 5. DEVELOPMENT & SECURITY ORGANIZATIONS
  • 6. TRADE ORGANIZATIONS, THE EUROPEAN UNION & GLOBAL COOPERATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
  • 7. DIPLOMATIC THEORY: INTRODUCTION & EVOLUTION I.
  • 8. DIPLOMATIC THEORY: INTRODUCTION & EVOLUTION II.
  • 9. THE CONTEMPORARY DIPLOMATIC ENVIRONMENT: DIPLOMATIC METHODS SINCE 1945
  • 10. FOREIGN POLICY ORGANISATION: THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE EMBASSY, CONSULATES AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
  • 11. THE ART AND STRUCTURE OF NEGOTIATION, UNILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL, EU ENLARGEMENT POLICY
  • 12. SUMMITRY & THE RISE OF THE DIPLOMAT-POLITICIAN
  • 13. PUBLIC AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY, THE FUTURE OF DIPLOMACY
Literature
  • HURD, Ian. International organizations : politics, law, practice. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. viii, 282. ISBN 9780521147378. info
  • A history of diplomacy. Edited by Jeremy Black. London: Reaktion, 2010. 312 p. ISBN 1861896964. info
  • BERRIDGE, Geoff. Diplomacy : theory and practice. 4th ed. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. xv, 282. ISBN 9780230229600. info
  • IRIYE, Akira. Global community : the role of international organizations in the making of the contemporary world. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. ix, 246. ISBN 0520231279. info
  • JAMES, Alan and Geoff BERRIDGE. A dictionary of diplomacy. 1st pub. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001. x, 270. ISBN 033376496X. info
  • ARCHER, Clive. International organizations. 3rd ed. London: Routledge, 2001. xi, 204. ISBN 041524689X. info
  • Handbook on International Organizations. Edited by René-Jean Dupuy. Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1988. xxvii, 685. ISBN 9024736587. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions, group projects, presentations by a professional diplomat, reading
Assessment methods
Written exam, presentation of a group project, seminar paper (a case study of an IO), reading quiz, diplomatic output
Language of instruction
English
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019.
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