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Diplomatic Studies MA or MRes

Keele University

Masters Degree , Uncategorised

Course Description

In international politics, the primary day-to-day means of contact between states is through the institution of diplomacy. A rich legal tradition of how this diplomacy is governed has evolved, and the practices of diplomacy by states continue to change and shape the patterns of world politics around us. So one important way to understand international politics is to examine the practices of diplomats and the contexts within which they operate. Keele's MA in Diplomatic Studies aims to meet this need. The first of its kind in the UK, it continues to provide a solid, advanced grounding in the legal foundations, and the theory and practice of diplomacy. Many students on the course are from diplomatic backgrounds, and so the course provides a useful link between the worlds of academia and of practical policy-making. back to top Course Structure Students on the MA take: * Perspectives in International Relations * Research Training in Politics and International Relations * The Changing International Agenda since 1945 (compulsory for those without an International Relations background) * Diplomatic Law * Diplomatic Theory and Practice * One option module chosen from the list below * 15,000 word dissertation on an approved topic Students on the MRes take: * Research Design and Process * Research Skills * Qualitative Data Analysis * Quantitative Data Analysis * Diplomatic Law * Diplomatic Theory and Practice * 15,000 word dissertation on an approved topic List of option modules. Note: the precise list of available modules will vary from year to year. Autumn Semester: * Perspectives in International Relations (Professor Rob Walker) * The Changing International Agenda since 1945 (Professor John Vogler, Dr. Helen Parr) * Global Security 1 (Dr. David Dunn) * The European Union and the Global Commons (Professor John Vogler) * Dimensions of Environmental Politics (to be advised) * European Culture and Politics (Dr. Bulent Gokay) * Research Design and Process (Professor Susanne Karstedt) * Philosophy of the Social Sciences ( * Research Skills (Dr. Matthias Klaes) * Diplomatic Theory and Practice (Dr. Bulent Gokay) * Environmental Diplomacy (Mr. David Scrivener) * Green Political Theory (Prof. Andrew Dobson) Spring Semester: * Green Parties and Movements (Dr. Brian Doherty) * Diplomatic Law (Dr. Lorna Lloyd) * Wilderness and Civilisation (Dr. Steve Quilley) * Research Training in Politics, International Relations and the Environment (prof. Rosemary O'Kane) * Global Security 2 (Dr. David Dunn) * Quantitative Data Analysis: Basic (Prof. Julius Sim) * Quantitative Data Analysis: Advanced (Prof. Julius Sim) * Qualitative Data Analysis (Dr. Graham Allen, Dr. Evi Girling) * Advanced Qualitative Methods: Ethnographic Research (Dr. Paul Willis) The following modules are also available at Masters level: Autumn Semester: * Human Rights in Global Politics (Professor Patrick Thornberry) * The Politics and International Relations of the Middle East 1 (Naveed Sheikh) * European Security (to be advised) * British State and Society during the Cold War (Dr. Helen Parr) Spring Semester: * Feminist Perspectives on Environmental Politics (Dr. Sherilyn MacGregor) * Proliferation (Mr. David Scrivener) * International Minority Rights (Professor Patrick Thornberry) * Nations and Nationalism in the Balkans and Post-Soviet Eurasia (Dr. Bulent Gokay) * End of Empire 1 and 2 (Dr. Lorna Lloyd) * The Rise and Fall of the League of Nations (Dr. Lorna Lloyd) * The Northern Dimension (Mr. David Scrivener) * The Politics and International Relations of the Middle East II (Naveed Sheikh) Options available outside SPIRE It is also possible to take a modern foreign language as a replacement for one of your optional modules. Languages currently available are French, Russian, German, Spanish and Japanese, at beginners, intermediate or advanced level. back to top Core Modules Diplomatic Law (Lorna Lloyd) This module introduces students to the protection as well as the limits that int

In international politics, the primary day-to-day means of contact between states is through the institution of diplomacy. A rich legal tradition of how this diplomacy is governed has evolved, and the practices of diplomacy by states continue to change and shape the patterns of world politics around us. So one important way to understand international politics is to examine the practices of...

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