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.
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.
Why choose this course?
This distinctive and original course attracts students from overseas, the UK and the EU, all linked by a common interest in the nature of the world in which we live and the problems it confronts. It offers both an academically challenging experience and one that should be of practical use in a future career.
Our highly experienced faculty includes active researchers who also work or consult for governments, international organisations and prominent think tanks. In the most recent national research assessment, the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 69% of research in Politics and International Studies was recognised internationally, of which 32% was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
Research-informed teaching will be delivered on peacekeeping, foreign policy, criminal mafias, security and policing, which includes a current Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
The course also includes the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) accredited module, Global Professional Development. Students who successfully complete the CMI module will also gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Level 7 Award in Professional Consulting.
International experience opportunities
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.
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.