Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Diplomacy

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Diplomatic Studies

DESCRIPTION The aim of this study-unit is both theoretical and practical. There is some emphasis on general principles but the major part of the course focuses on diplomatic skills, most particularly on negotiation and on intercultural diplomacy in the Mediterranean. The contents of the course change from year to year in accordance with major international developments.

This study unit will focus on the international, regional and national dimensions of diplomacy with a specific focus on diplomacy in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Particular attention is dedicated to the practical level of diplomatic interaction with case studies assessing inter-regional and intra-regional relations between and with Europe and the Mediterranean.

Contents (1st Semester)

Module I – Diplomatic Protocol
- Principles of Protocol
- Protocol Practice

Module II – Diplomatic Practice: Professional Skills Training
- Political Diplomacy
        Advising the Minister
        Information Gathering & Reporting
        Representing National Interests
        Priority Targets
        Political Analysis
        Briefing – Written & Oral
        Effective Negotiation
        Meeting Techniques
        Managing an Embassy
- Public Diplomacy
        Promoting National Interests
        Mission Statement
        Role of Foreign Ministry
        Role of Embassy
        Managing the Press & the Public
      & nbsp Identifying National Strengths
        Cultural Relations
- Media Training
        The Diplomat and the Media
        Assessment of the National Media
        How to Use the Press
        How to Write a Press Release
        Interview Techniques: Journalists’ Objectives
        Diplomats’ Objectives: Journalists’ Methods
        Diplomats’ Interview Plan: Tactics & Techniques; Presentation

Module III – Economic Diplomacy
- What is Economic Diplomacy?
- Trade and Diplomacy
- Finance in Economic Diplomacy
- Tourism and Economic Diplomacy
- Economic Diplomacy as a Vehicle for Global Sustainable Development

Contents (2nd Semester)

Module IV – The Diplomacy of International River Management
- World Water Crisis: Facts and Vision
- Regional Negotiations and Dialogue
- Regional Water Conflicts and Cooperation
- Basic Principles of Conflict Management
- Global and Regional Simulation Exercises

Module V – Communication and Negotiation: Netherlands Institute of International Relations 'Clingendael' (including simulation games)
- Intercultural Communication
- International Negotiation


- Barston, R. Modern Diplomacy, Longman, 2006 (3rd Ed.)
- Conca, K. Governing Water, The Mit Press, 2006
- Dolatyar, D. and Gray, T.S. Water Politics in the Middle East: A Context for Conflict or Cooperation?
- Friedman, T. The World is Flat – the Globalized World in the 21st Century, Penguin Books, 2006
- Kissinger, H. Diplomacy, Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 1994
- Mason, S.A. From Conflict to Cooperation in the Nile Basin, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2003
- Miall, H., Woodhouse, T. and Ramsbotham, O. Contemporary Conflict Resolution, Polity Press, 2005 (2nd Ed.)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 40%
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Stephen Calleya
Michael Frendo
Lourdes Pullicino
Tanya Sammut Bonnici
Olaph Terribile

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