Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Analysis, 7.5 credits

Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Analysis, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Per Jansson

Course coordinator

Per Jansson

Director of studies or equivalent

Carl-Johan Sommar
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round 3 (Autumn 2021) 202134-202138 English Linköping E
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 3 (Autumn 2021) 202134-202138 English Linköping E
F7MSF Master's Programme in Political Science with specialisation in Public Administration 3 (Autumn 2021) 202134-202138 English Linköping E

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in International and European Relations
  • Master's Programme in Political Science with specialisation in Public Administration

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen in one of the following subjects:
    - political science
    - international relations
    - economics
    - history
    - geography
    - philosophy
    - law
    - sociology
    or equivalent
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)
    (Exemption from Swedish)
  • 30 ECTS credits passed from the programme year 1

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to

  • display a deeper understanding of the history of diplomacy and how the development of diplomatic practices has been affected by and in turn has affected the conditions of international relations and foreign policy;
  • analyze and understand diplomacy as an instrument of statecraft and as an institution of historical and contemporary international society;
  • identify and understand the various forms and expressions of diplomacy in the contemporary world;
  • analyze and understand processes of international mediation and negotiations from a theoretical as well as practical point of view.

Course content

Modern diplomacy is a variable field of actors, objectives, resources and strategies of international politics. This course offers an overview as well as deepened perspectives on the roles and forms of diplomacy in the contemporary international system. The ends and means of diplomacy are thus situated within a wider framework of foreign policy analysis. The course initially deals with the history and development of diplomacy and various traditions of foreign policy analysis. The latter part of the course focuses on understanding contemporary diplomatic practices, e.g. multilateral diplomacy and international negotiations, mediation, and public diplomacy.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory.


The course is examined through a combination of mandatory seminars, group assignment, an individual seminar paper, and an individual home examination at the end of the course.
Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


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Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEMI Home Examination 2.5 credits EC
HOME Home Examination 5 credits EC

Regulary literature


Kerr, Pauline, Wiseman, Geoffrey, (2018) Diplomacy in a globalizing world : theories and practices. Second Edition. New York : Oxford University Press, [2018]

ISBN: 9780190647988, 9780190861612


Additional articles and documents will be posted on Lisam.
Jönsson, Christer , Diplomacy, Bargaining and Negotiation 2002

In Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse & Beth A.Simmons, Handbook of International Relations, London: Sage. (Available as e-publication at the library)

Kelley, JohnRobert, The New Diplomacy: Evolution of a Revolution. Diplomacy & Statecraft Jun2010, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p286-305. 20p. 1 Diagram.
Murray, Stuart, Sharp, Paul, Wiseman, Geoffrey, Criekemans, David, Melissen, Jan, The Present and Future of Diplomacy and Diplomatic Studies. International Studies Review Dec2011, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p709-728. 20p.

Additional literature


(1961) The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

Available on the internet

Cooper, Andrew Fenton, Heine, Jorge, Thakur, Ramesh Chandra, (2013) The Oxford handbook of modern diplomacy. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013

ISBN: 0199588864, 9780199588862, 9780198743668

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