Course Title: Global Diplomacy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Diplomacy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Professor Joseph Siracusa

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 1744

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.29

Course Coordinator Availability: On appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will explore the causes, course and consequences of the major events of modern international diplomacy, paying particular attention to how the art of diplomacy – defined simply as the moderating institution of international politics - has shaped and changed the world in which we live.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • place current issues and major forces shaping contemporary diplomacy in an historical and international perspective;
  • analyse and interpret foreign policy documents, including ministerial speeches, press releases and official reports;
  • identify and design new directions and solutions in preventative diplomacy and peace and conflict resolution.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive workshop activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
The assessment is designed to develop your capability to identify research issues and design and plan diplomatic solutions as the basis for further involvement in the business of international diplomacy, including defence, foreign affairs and trade.

Assessment tasks include a major research essay, reading analysis and a take home exam.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: