POLI 2008 Transnational Diplomacy

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Diane Colman Opens in new window

Description In an interconnected, globalised and complex world, diplomatic dialogue on multiple levels has become increasingly important for peaceful relations. This subject provides an introduction to the important and prestigious arena of diplomatic practice for students interested in an international career. Transnational diplomacy takes into consideration the perspective of multiple international actors in dealing with contemporary challenges including states, international organisations, and non-state actors. In considering multi-track diplomacy in the context of contemporary bilateral, regional, and multilateral relations, you will have the opportunity to engage with senior diplomats from Australia and elsewhere. Students will participate in a simulated soft power diplomacy campaign built upon the rich cultural diversity and international connections unique to Western Sydney, equipping you with real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Discipline Political Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects POLI 2006 - Politics of Australia and Asia Relations

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to

  1. Analyse the global processes that shape diplomatic practices
  2. Describe transnational diplomacy from the perspective of multiple actors
  3. Articulate the importance of cross-cultural partnerships for peaceful relations
  4. Discuss approaches to soft power and cultural diplomacy
  5. Critique examples of multi-track diplomacy
  6. Develop real-life campaigns involving the application of cultural diplomacy

Subject Content

  • The complexity of transnational relations
  • Aims and objectives of transnational diplomatic exchange
  • Classical diplomatic modes
  • Levels of transnational dialogue and negotiation
  • Multi-track diplomacy
  • Political, legal and ethical issues in diplomatic practice
  • Approaches to soft power diplomacy
  • The important art of cultural exchange
  • Development of cross-border partnerships


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Short Answer 500 words 15 N Individual
Essay 1,500 words 40 N Individual
Simulation Involves (a) 20 minute Group presentation (30%) 30 N Group
Log/Workbook 500 words 15 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Bankstown City


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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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