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MA Diplomacy, Law and Global Change

Course Description


This course focuses on the emerging global order of the twenty-first century. You will study two core areas: Diplomacy and the International System and International Law in the Contemporary World Arena.

It aims to provide an understanding of the development and contemporary practice of diplomacy and the rules of international law and prepares students for a career in diplomatic services, international organisations, non-governmental organisations or international business.


The course focuses on two sets of inter-related issues which are central to an understanding of this changing environment:

the role and nature of diplomacy as a key mode of communication between states and other actors on the international stage;
the development and adaptation of the norms and rules of international law which have traditionally constituted the main sources of order in the international system.
It explores the emerging global order of the 21st century from the perspectives of diplomacy and international law.

You will need to complete two mandatory modules:

Diplomacy and the International System focuses on the changing nature of the international system, the character of diplomacy and its role in contemporary world politics;
International Law in the Contemporary World Arena examines the role of international law and institutions, with particular emphasis on the United Nations.
In addition you will study two further modules. Optional modules currently available include:

law of diplomatic relations;
threats to global security;
international environmental law;
international human rights law;
governance for security in the developing world.

Visit the MA Diplomacy, Law and Global Change page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment.

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