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On completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate in-depth knowledge, critical understanding and authoritative interpretation and analysis of the History of Diplomacy and International Law and of the historical foundations and precedents for the conduct of International Relations and for the maintenance of the international balance of power.
Assess individual aspects and legacies of the History of Diplomacy, Intelligence and Statecraft within their broader contexts
Present aspects of the historical debates concerning the evolution, development and sophisticated conduct of international affairs and diplomatic practice that form the basis of present-day International relations.
Write a scholarly essay (5,000 words ), appropriate for a fourth -Level student of History
I. Negotiation, Supplication & Representation : The evolution of Diplomatic Practice.
& Privilege, Immunity & Honour among “ Men sent to lie abroad”: The Ideal Ambassador
II. ‘Ius Gentium’ : The Law Among Nations: The evolution of International Law
III. Dynastic Diplomacy: Tudor Statecraft & Espionage
IV. Dynastic Diplomacy : Habsburg Statecraft and the Bedchamber
V. French Statecraft and Strategy from Richelieu to Talleyrand
VI. The Westphalian System & the Balance of Power
VII. Professional Diplomacy of Ancien Regime Europe & Asia: Knowledge&Commerceas diplomatic instrumentsin negotiation with China and Japan
VIII. From Vienna to Versailles: ‘ The Concert of Europe’, 1815-1919
IX. Continuity amid Change in the Twentieth Century: Classical Diplomacy, Public Opinion and International Organisation,
X. Student Presentations
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Active participation in seminars, Essay Report, Learning Diary and Oral Presentation in Seminar||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: Major Essay Project (5,000 words)||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback on the in-semester assessments will be given in writing by e-mail. and by individual meetings on Zoom. Feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis on preparatory plans and primary and secondary sources for end-of-semester Research Project Assignments. Feedback on the end-of-semester Research Project Assignment will be given by appointment in one-to-one meetings on Zoom, or by arrangement in face-to-face meetings in accordance with Covid-19 protocols, safety measures and social distance.