ILAP614-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Principles and Practice of International Relations and Diplomacy

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


This course offers a blend of theoretical and practical insight into international relations and diplomacy. The first part of the course will provide foundational knowledge of the principles, theories and historical dimensions of foreign policy and diplomacy. The second part of the course will be composed of a series of intensive professional seminars, providing students with detailed practical insights into complex and difficult cases in international relations and diplomacy through the experiences of those involved in them.

This course aims to provide students, whether they have a background in the study of international relations or not, with an understanding of the dominant theories of international relations and their relation to the history and theory of diplomatic practice. In doing so, many of the fundamental divides in international relations theory will be made clearer to students alongside a greater knowledge of a variety of historical examples. On the practical side, the course aims to give students insight into the complexity of real-world cases of diplomacy and the skills required to engage in the field. It will also further develop transferable skills including the ability of students to conduct independent research and write longer research essays. Students will also be encouraged to develop their own critical thinking on the conduct and limits of diplomacy and its relationship with international law.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course students will have a consolidated understanding of the key principles of international relations theory; a deeper appreciation of the complexities of the theory and practice of diplomacy and knowledge of how contemporary diplomatic issues are connected to international law; experience in historical and theoretical research, analysis and essay writing; an understanding of the complexity of real-life cases in international diplomacy; a thorough understanding of bicultural and multicultural respect in their professional practice and in the community; an understanding of the pathways into a career in international relations and diplomacy.


Subject to the approval of the Head of School


Course Coordinator

For further information see Faculty of Law Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Reflective Journal 20% Up to 400 words p/week for 5 weeks
Research Essay 18 May 2018 80% 3,500-4,000 words

Textbooks / Resources

Course Reader (available via Learn).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All ILAP614 Occurrences

  • ILAP614-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018