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

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Monday 10am - 11am

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 office hours

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Guided independent study hours: 279

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: 3-Hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr N Rossi
Module teaching staff: Dr Norma Rossi

Intended learning outcomes

  • Know what it means to investigate emotions in IR
  • Identify the defining features of diplomacy
  • analyse the different ways diplomatic agents communicate with one another
  • idenitfy ideational and emotional dynamics within diplomatic practice
  • idenitfy new actors involved in diplomatic practices
  • describe and analyse the changes surrounding diplomacy