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IR3066 Emotional Encounters: Diplomacy, Power and Persuasion in World Politics

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:3.00 pm Thu

As the world becomes increasingly inter-connected new concerns and issues crowd the international agenda and more and more actors can be seen to participate in international affairs. The management of internal and external affairs is becoming more complex, and with the technological revolution an increased focus on language, performance and 'reaching out' to different audiences. This module, in recognition of these trends, seeks to draw attention to and investigate these processes that could be said to be changing the face of diplomacy as we know it. It will explore a range of agents and tools associated with the practice of diplomacy, and draw on a variety of examples to illustrate the different themes and topics covered. One of the key premises of this module will be to highlight and consider the potential enabling as well as constraining effects of emotional dynamics in diplomatic interactions. By focusing on the changing face of diplomacy and the role of emotions in international relations it aims to expose students to two of the most exciting and rapidly expanding fields of enquiry in the discipline of IR.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR1005, IR1006, IR2005, IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 office hours
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:3-Hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr T Shepperd
Module teaching staff:Dr T Shepperd