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Diplomacy for Aspiring Leaders

What you'll learn

  • Learn how diplomacy is fundamental to international politics

  • Discover how diplomacy is related to our daily lives, even for non-diplomats

  • Understand the development of diplomacy from the ancient era to the modern era

  • Recognise the non-traditional types of diplomacy which we can do everyday

  • Discover how citizens can play a role in modern diplomacy

Course content

2 sections • 11 lectures • 3h 9m total length

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Part 1: The Essentials of Diplomacy6 lectures • 1hr 25min

  • Introduction: Why Study Diplomacy?

    Is diplomacy an exclusive topic to study? That's not always the case! This material provides an explanation of the importance of studying diplomacy for the general audience, even outside the International Relations academia. This lecture will show that a basic knowledge of world diplomacy is important in the era of globalisation. By the end of this lecture, it is expected that the students can proceed with a new perspective of seeing diplomacy as an inclusive field of study.


  • History of Diplomacy

    In this lecture, participants will learn the history of diplomacy from ancient to modern era. The things learned include the origin of the term diplomacy, how the term evolved, and some notable changes in the models of diplomacy since the Mesopotamian era to modern era.


  • Communicative Aspects of Diplomacy

    Through this lecture, participants will explore that diplomacy is not only about all formalities, but also includes the most basic thing, namely communication between humans. Participants will learn about the verbal and nonverbal aspects of diplomacy.


  • Diplomacy and International Relations

    Diplomacy and International Relations are sometimes considered the same two studies. In reality, the two are related but not necessarily the same. This meeting will discuss the position of diplomacy in the study of international politics and how different theoretical positions regard diplomacy as everyday practice.


  • Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

    The students have learned the relations between diplomacy and the study of International Relations. In this lecture, we will go deeper to learn how diplomacy relates to the formulation of foreign policy. This lecture will also discuss contemporary challenges toward the formulation of foreign policy amidst the uncertain world.


  • Diplomatic Immunity

    After learning how diplomacy relates to foreign policy and the study of International Relations, this meeting will discuss one leading feature that diplomats possess in their occupation, namely diplomatic immunity. The participants will learn the importance of immunity as a part of professionalism in the diplomatic career and how did it become a norm in the first place.


  • Practice Test

    Now you have reached the end of Part 1. To kick-start your learning experience in Part 2, let's test your knowledge of Part 1 with this practice test.

    10 questions

Part 2: Diplomacies Around Us

(5 lectures •1hr 44min)


  • No prior knowledge in International Relations is needed. Complete beginners are welcome!


Interested in studying diplomacy from scratch?

New to International Relations?

Say no more, this course is for you!

What comes to your mind when you hear the term "diplomacy"? Perhaps an image of two persons shaking hands in formal suits will pop into your mind. Maybe you will also remember how your state leader speaks on a podium in a well-ordered language. Even more, you may also remember the United Nations and its gruelling sessions.

However, not many know that diplomacy has been carried out by humans since ancient times and its practice has developed until now. We may also practice the elements indirectly in our daily life without knowing them.

Different from other courses on diplomacy which may emphasize legal-formal aspects and prepare their participants to engage in the official diplomatic practice, this course provides a more conceptual understanding that can reach audiences from various backgrounds. I believe that the study of diplomacy belongs not only to those who formally work in government but to all people, even those who have no prior knowledge in International Relations. That's what this course is for.

Why learn this course?

  • This course is designed as an introduction for students who want to know the basics of diplomacy in a simple and no-nonsense manner.

  • The themes chosen in this course are tailored to the needs of beginners to learn the essence of diplomacy that is relatable to everyday life.

  • This course will equip participants with an essential understanding of what diplomacy is, how it has developed from time to time, as well as contemporary diplomacy themes whose practice cannot be separated from the reality of our daily lives.

  • This course will demystify the concepts of diplomacy to make it accessible to people from all backgrounds and is no longer a "too sophisticated" subject for everyone to learn.

  • Participants can test their understanding through the assignment provided at the end of the course. Relevant feedback will also be provided.

  • Participants will be able to understand diplomacy not as a study that only professional diplomats need, but as knowledge to better understand global phenomena.

  • Most importantly, impress your friends with your new international perspective!

PS: The profits gathered from this course will go directly to educational aid for Indonesian children whose parents died due to Covid-19. Purchasing this course also means donating to their cause.

Who this course is for:

  • International Relations Students

  • High School Students

  • Teachers of Social Science

  • Policy practitioners wanting to familiarise themselves with diplomacy

  • All individuals interested in learning the basics of diplomacy

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