Certificate; Diplo Foundation Public diplomacy is a “hot button” topic today - a decade back, even the term was known only to some specialists. Globalization, the resurgence in the methods of diplomacy, bilateral, regional and multilateral, and the telescoping of external and internal issues, and more than anything else the “democratization” of diplomacy has opened up the way in which governments and countries deal with one another in the international system. Ordinary people are more interested in foreign affairs than ever before, and want “open” diplomacy. Governments feel obliged to communicate with their publics, on objectives and the results achieved with the funds they receive. The foreign has come home in many concrete ways, ranging from WTO issues, or terrorism, or climate security - all these impact on the lives of ordinary people everywhere. This is the backdrop to public diplomacy as an emerging theme in diplomatic studies.
This course is conducted entirely online over a period of 10 weeks. Reading materials and tools for online interaction are provided through an online classroom. Each week, participants read the provided lecture text, adding questions, comments and references in the form of hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the lecture text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (for example, further discussion via blogs or forums, quizzes, group tasks, simulations or short assignments). At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. To complete the course successfully, participants must also write one or two essay assignments and a final examination. Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction.
Type of recognition: University of Malta
Diplo Foundation, Switzerland