The degree provides a firm grounding in diplomatic theory and practice. It covers the history and operation of diplomacy; the causes of conflict and strategies for conflict resolution; the nature and operation of international organisations, including the United Nations and its agencies; the development and global role of supranational organisations, especially the European Union (with an emphasis on its external policies); global political communication, including the media and new forms of communication; the practice of great power politics. It is taught from the Centre for United Nations Studies.
The Director of the of the Centre for UN Studies is Mark Seddon. Mark’s previous roles include former Senior Communications Adviser to the President of the UN General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, former speechwriter to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and former Director of Communications, UN Special Envoy, Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown. He has also been a UN correspondent for Al Jazeera.
The Centre’s Deputy Director is Dr. Paul Graham. Paul previously taught at Glasgow University and has published work on John Rawls (Rawls, Oneworld Publications, 2016) as well as “Introduction to Political Theory” (with John Hoffman) (Routledge, 2015). He has an interest in questions of global justice and conflict resolution.
The Chair of the Board of Advisers is Lord Mark Malloch-Brown. He is a former UN Deputy Secretary-General and a former UK government Minister.
Modules available on this course
- Great Power Politics
- Conflict Resolution
- The European Union and its External Policies
- Global Political Communication
- International Organisations
- Simulation Exercise
Full course details in the Curriculum Handbook