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Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Code 15473
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Relações Internacionais
Entry requirements -
Learning outcomes 1. Understand the concepts of international politics, foreign policy, and diplomacy.
2. Recognize the fundamentals and the instruments of decision-making in foreign policy.
3. Examine and critically evaluate the evolution of foreign policy of selected case studies: USA, China, Russia, Portugal, and some regional powers.
4. Characterize the typologies of diplomacy.
5. Identify the challenges of diplomacy in the 21st century.
Syllabus 1. The relationship between international politics, foreign policy, and diplomacy.
2. Foreign Policy
2.1 The history and evolution of foreign policy analysis 2.2 The concept of foreign policy 2.3 Levels of analysis 2.4 The agency-structure debate 2.5 The instruments of foreign policy 2.6 Foreign policy analysis and theories of international relations 2.7 Models of foreign policy decision-making 2.8 Case studies: USA, Russia, China, Portugal, Brazil, among others.
3. Diplomacy
3.1 The concept of diplomacy 3.2 The historical evolution of diplomacy 3.3 Diplomatic functions and areas of intervention 3.4 Typology of contemporary diplomacy 3.5 The challenges of diplomacy in the 21st century.
Main Bibliography Bjola, Corneliu, & Kornprobst, Markus (eds.) (2018). Understanding International Diplomacy : theory, practice and ethics. New York: Routledge.
Freire, Maria Raquel (ed.) (2015). Política Externa: As Relações Internacionais em Mudança. 2nd ed. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra.
Hill, Christopher (2016). Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Magalhães, José Calvet de (2005). A Diplomacia Pura. Lisboa: Editorial Bizâncio.
Mintz, Alex, & DeRouen Jr., Karl (2010). Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mongiardim, Maria Regina (2007). Diplomacia. Coimbra: Almedina.

Additional references can be suggested or put available on Moodle.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria 50% Essay
25% Trading
25% Test

Assessment workers-students and students with overlapping classes:
100% Final Test
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-20

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