This course is designed to provide a detailed understanding of the evolution of diplomacy and the way in which diplomacy is practised in the contemporary world. It tackles a number of broader issues that impact on diplomatic processes, such as the way in which states operate in regional organisations such as the European Union, the threat of organised crime and terrorism and the role of multinational corporations and companies. •A wide variety of modules The course offers the opportunity to study a wider variety and greater number of modules than comparative degree programmes in other UK universities •Add international experience to your CV You will have the opportunity to take part in #DMUglobal overseas study trips. •Learn from internationally renowned staff You will be part of a research-rich academic environment with the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned staff and participate in research seminars, conferences and annual lectures •Excellent student experience Students benefit from the input of high-profile visiting scholars, academic staff with wide geographical subject coverage and the opportunity to participate in study trips abroad •Boost your potential earnings Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14)
Teaching and assessment
Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions, and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.
•Diplomacy and International Politics – examines the role of diplomacy in the changing international system. You will be able to critique differing explanations of the international environment in which diplomacy operates and review in detail the functions of diplomacy as well as its historical development. •Globalisation – globalisation affects business and society at all levels. In this module you will explore the historical background to globalisation and look at the economic, political and commercial contexts of globalisation. You will study globalisation debates and look at the effects of globalisation on various actors. You will also examine the relationship between globalisation and business. •Research Methods – introduces you to the basic elements of research methodology and the complete range of research methods suitable for research in international relations and diplomacy. It will help you to define a research topic and produce a suitable research proposal for your dissertation. •Post-Cold War World Order – considers the relationship between order and justice in international relations and links this to debates on the new world order that emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union. You will examine the position of the United States as the sole superpower after the Cold War and the extent to which it has been able to exert its model of order at a global level.
You will choose further elective modules. The following are typical of the elective modules offered: •Britain and European Integration •Regional Security in the European Neighbourhood •Global Health: Politics, Policy and Strategy •International trade
Please note that the running of modules in any academic year is subject to minimum numbers of students enrolling for each module and the availability of staff.
Dissertation - You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in-depth on a particular aspect of diplomacy and word order, or on an international relations topic of your choice. You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Industry links and professional accreditation
The Department has an active Politics Society. Recent presentations have been given by Alistair Campbell, the Mayor of Leicester, and David Blunkett. The Department also organises study trips.
The course prepares you for senior roles in public and private organisations such as the United Nations or the EU parliament, where you can influence major decisions that affect us all.
There is real demand for suitably qualified managers who are interested in making a difference and who understand the implications of the global financial crisis, climate change, diplomacy and sustainable development, healthcare and other issues affecting contemporary society.
Students should hold a good honours degree or overseas equivalent, in any subject. Applications from those with significant professional experience in Politics and International Relations will be considered individually. If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required. English language tuition is available both before and during the course if required.