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Diplomacy, Law and Global Change MA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

BEST057

Study options:

1 year full-time

 

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

If you feel like the world has taken a worrying turn, an MA in Diplomacy, Law and Global Change could set you on the path to changing it.

Are you interested in the nature of the world in which we live, the problems it confronts and how to respond to these problems?

Focusing on the emerging global order of the 21st century, this course aims to provide an understanding of the development and contemporary practice of diplomacy and the rules of international law and helps to prepare students with useful skills for careers in diplomatic services, international organisations, non-governmental organisations or international business.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

We consider one of the core issues presented by the international system as it has evolved is the establishment and maintenance of order and the reconciliation of this goal with that of the achievement of justice for the competing claims of groups, both territorial and non-territorial, and individuals.

This fascinating course explores the emerging global order of the 21st century from the perspectives of diplomacy and international law. Rapid change at both the domestic and international levels – globalization – is transforming the policy environment and context in which both are constrained to operate. You will study the changing environment and new challenges it presents, such as gender equality, climate change, modern slavery, terrorism and organised crime.

The course focuses on two sets of inter-related issues which are central to an understanding of this changing environment. Firstly, we will look at the role and nature of diplomacy as a key mode of communication between states and other actors on the international stage. Secondly, we examine 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. 

Attracting students from a number of different countries to this course, in the past including Nigeria, Indonesia, Croatia, Oman, Austria, Ghana, Pakistan and the UK, we offer a multicultural learning experience of diverse cultures and values, which will better prepare you to work in an increasingly globalised job market. 

The School of Humanities and Coventry Law School has an outstanding network of professional contacts, which spans diplomats and diplomacy specialists in a range of prestigious external organisations, both private and public, our network has included Chatham House, the Centre for the Study of Slavery, the Royal African Society and the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy. These links are reflected in regular talks and events, past examples include an assistant district attorney from Sicily, assistant chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, deputy high commissioner of Tanzania to the UK; a senior manager from the UK’s National Crime Agency and a forensic accountant from the Italian national police. 

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Research Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Diplomacy and the International System 
    • International Law in the Contemporary World Arena
    • Trafficking in Human Beings
  • Semester 2

    • Research Design in the Humanities and Social Science
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy


    Optional (2 modules)

    • Gender and International Human Rights
    • International Political Economy
    • International Security Praxis
    • Threats to Global Security
    • Law of Diplomatic Relations
    • Governance for Security in the Developing World


  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation in the Humanities and Social Science

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to attend programme of guest speakers, which in 2016 included the Head of the UK’s International Policing Academy, ambassadors and senior diplomats from Guinea, Tanzania and Sudan, and the Managing Director of NHS Protect.
  • Opportunities to participate in field trips in the UK and abroad, which in 2016 included: the EU and NATO headquarters in Brussels; the EU parliament in Strasbourg; the National Model UN in New York; the Houses of Parliament London, Chatham House and the International Coffee Organisation in London and the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.
  • High levels of student satisfaction in the subject of ‘Politics’, 86% overall compared with the sector average of 84% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).

Opportunity to graduate with triple awards – from the University and CMI (Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting).

Our main study themes are:

  • The theory and practice of diplomatic relations: The evolution of diplomacy as a means of communication between states and regions and the development of diplomatic theory from traditional bilateral relations between sovereign states to the contemporary idea of multi-track diplomacy that incorporates multiple sectors of society.

  • Contemporary threats: The course explores a number of key threats to peace, security and well-being that require regional, global and transnational responses including modern slavery, climate change, poverty, inequality, terrorism and international crime.

  • The role of international law: An exploration of how international law provides organisational solutions for the implementation of treaties and agreements negotiated and mediated by diplomats and how diplomacy is governed by international legislation and legal custom and practice.

  • Academic skills and techniques: the course provides initial training in the higher cognitive skills of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis and the related scholarly techniques of critical reading, reflection and writing. 

The course has been devised primarily as a one-year full-time programme. It may also be taken over two years on a part-time basis with the part-time students participating in the same classes as the full-time students. For part-time students, the taught modules will be split evenly between the two years.

During the first two semesters, you will study three mandatory modules designed to establish the core agenda of the programme and two optional modules, in addition to the Research Methods and Research Design modules. In Semester Three, you will be required to complete a 15,000-word dissertation. All modules are assigned 20 credits, except the Research Methods and Research Design modules (10 credits). The dissertation is assigned 60 credits.  You can also choose the credit-bearing module International Security Praxis, which is based on talks and workshops by visiting scholars and practitioners combined with a piece of reflective writing that will be undertaken based on a fieldtrip. 

We provide a series of specialist workshops, delivered by experienced practitioners including ambassadors, UN weapons inspectors and chief constables. We also organise field trips to institutions in the UK, in the past we have visited the Houses of Parliament and Chatham House. 

We also offer opportunities to apply for valuable international experiences of diplomatic practice through study trips to, for example, Brussels and Strasbourg, which expose you to the realities of formulating foreign policy. You can also take part in online international learning: participating in live online debates in Italy or presenting with fellow Diplomacy students in Argentina.

Teaching methods include:
interactive workshops, simulations, role playing, peer marking, peer feedback and debates.

Meet our staff

Simon Massey

Programme Manager – ISS postgraduate programme

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Assessment employs a range of methods including: Individual coursework (essays, reports and reviews), seminar-based assessment, presentations, projects, written papers, exercises and individual and group presentations. The pass mark for modules is 40%. You must undertake and pass all seven mandatory modules, plus two optional modules to achieve the MA.

Assessment is by a variety of types of written coursework including academic essays, comparative review essays, reports, research designs, reflective diaries and logs, as well as on some modules, reflective writing, group presentations and video podcasts. There are no exams on the course.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follow:

  • Essays: 40%
  • Dissertation: 30%
  • Reviews: 5%
  • Reports: 5%
  • Reflective writing: 5%
  • Practical coursework: 5%
  • Presentations: 5%
  • Management consultancy project: 5%  

Successful completion of all modules and the MA Project is required in order to be awarded a `Master of Arts’ title. Candidates achieving a 70% average may be awarded a ‘Distinction’. Candidates achieving a 60% average may be awarded a ‘Merit’. Students who fail to achieve the 180 for the Masters can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate if they achieve 60 credits.

40% assessed by essays

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: the nature of diplomacy, its evolution and role in international politics; the changing international environment and how this affects and influences the development of diplomacy and law; and the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership 
  • Apply knowledge of the dynamics of diplomacy and international law in a wide range of situations and organisations.
  • Show awareness of, and sensitivity to, differing international environments and the impact these have on political, economic and social actors.
  • Apply advanced research skills, identify appropriate sources and methods, take personal responsibility and demonstrate initiative in dealing with complex and unpredictable environments.
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and evaluative skills to construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments.
  • Exhibit advanced problem-solving skills, tackling complex issues both independently and as part of a team, identifying appropriate solutions in a systematic, creative and constructive manner.

In a typical week you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as follows:

  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of plenary workshops each week.
  • Small/medium group teaching: 9 hours of group workshops each week. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments and preparing for workshops.

In addition to the international opportunities described above, the School of Humanities has a partnership with Lazarski University in Warsaw, Poland. There is the possibility of individual students exchanging with Lazarski under the Erasmus programme. Students from both institutions have also previously participated in Model European Parliaments supported by EU funding in Coventry and in Lecce, Italy. We have also held Online International Learning (OIL) activities, including webinars and exchange visits, with the University of Costa Rica, the University of Buenos Aires and with the South International Cooperation organisation in Sicily. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


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.

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

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.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

MA - £6,212 | PgDip - £4,142 (per year)


May 2018

MA - £6,212 | PgDip - £4,142 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

MA - £6,212 | PgDip - £4,142 (per year)


May 2018

MA - £6,212 | PgDip - £4,142 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£11,846 (per year)


May 2018

£11,846 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Employers are looking for individuals with the ability to work across different cultures, and to possess problem-solving and critical analysis skills.

As well as giving you the opportunity to achieve two additional awards (Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting), the CMI accredited Global Professional Development module may set you apart in a competitive job market. Students should gain practical leadership skills to critically evaluate and develop solutions for complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that you will experience in your future organisations.

The course aims to provide both an academically demanding experience and one which will be of practical use in a future career. We encourage you to gain first-hand experience through volunteering and placement opportunities. In the past students have, undertaken internships in embassies and high commissions, such as the Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, think-tanks, including the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the South-South International Cooperation organisation in Palermo, and undertaken research in universities abroad such as the Arab-American University in Jenin.

The course aims to prepare students for roles such as public administration within a Foreign Service or other government department, international civil service (such as the United Nations or European Union), international agencies and non-governmental organisations, as well as multinational corporations, the international media, teaching and research.

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates have been successful in securing employment in the foreign services of a range of countries from Ethiopia to the UK, as well as working in government departments in Barbados, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the United Kingdom. Some have gone on to enter the diplomatic service in their home country; others have sought careers in international organisations, nongovernmental organisations, or international commerce and business.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.