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INTR13-309: Diplomacy: Theory and Practice January 2018 [Standard]

General information

As the title of the subject suggests, Diplomacy: Theory and Practice provides students with a rigorous understanding of conceptual and practical issues relating to modern diplomacy. In this subject students first learn about diplomacy then, via a range of innovative and diverse negotiation exercises, get to practice diplomacy. In this practical context, the flagship exercise is a long negotiation role-play that runs for six weeks (in 2015, for example, we designed and ran a multi-party negotiation simulation based on the tragic Syrian crisis). The aim of such exercises and, indeed, the subject is twofold and unique: to allow students to put theory into practice during a subject and, second, to encourage the participants to think and act like diplomats.

Changes due to Commonwealth Games: The University has marginally altered the timetable for the January semester of 2018 (181) to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018. The modified timetable has been designed to not impact on overall subject or program learning outcomes. Some subjects may be delivered in a slightly modified mode to accommodate the change. Specific arrangements will be included on the iLearn site for each subject. All changes to the class schedule have the full approval of University and Academic Unit administration and will not adversely affect student learning or assessment.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:INTR13-309
Subject title:Diplomacy: Theory and Practice
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Tutorial


Prescribed resources:
  • Pauline Kerr,Geoffrey Wiseman (2013). Diplomacy in a Globalizing World. OUP USA , 432.
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Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Interpret and deliver concise and relevant information in a written assignment.
  2. Identify strengths, weaknesses and appropriate action in a variety of tense negotiation settings.
  3. Understanding the theoretical approaches to Diplomacy (i.e. an understanding of the core diplomatic literature).
  4. Understanding the practical and professional realm of Diplomacy.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Technical Skills Test Rwanda - One Village, Six People Negotiation Simulation. This exercise concerns establishing a positive peace after ethnic conflict and genocide in Post-Colonial Africa. ‘Rwanda’ is a negotiation role play simulation. You will be allocated a role/party and given confidential instructions one week before the negotiation is due to occur. 10% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4.
Essay The Essay topic/question is: Many practitioners, journalists and a few scholars argue that diplomacy is "dead" in the 21st century - do you agree or disagree with this assumption? 30% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4.
Oral Pitch Position presentation (20%, week 7): In week seven's tutorial all parties will undertake a short, fifteen minute briefing presentation. This should outline the nation you are representing, its core national interests, foreign policy goals, cultural negotiation style, and, most importantly, your party's position on the agenda items on the negotiation that will run from week 8-12. 20% Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4.
Technical Skills Test Negotiation simulation on real, current security event 40% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

A detailed curriculum has not been published for this subject.
Approved on: Jan 24, 2018. Edition: 2.1
Last updated: Mar 29, 2019.