Course syllabus RRZPDA - Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in English (FRDIS - SS 2013/2014)

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Course code: RRZPDA
Course title in language of instruction: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in English
Course title in Czech: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in English
Course title in English: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in English
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: -- item not defined --
Semester: SS 2013/2014
Name of lecturer: doc. Ing. Petr Blížkovský, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites: not RRZPD
Aims of the course:
Provide students with an introduction to the theory of foreign policy. The course will focus on European policy. It will cover the objectives of European foreign policy, working methods, legal basis and institutional structures related to it. In addition, the course will address the foreign policy of the main global players such as the United States of America, China and Russia. Specific attention will be given to the foreign policy of the Czech Republic. In the second part, the course will look at diplomacy, starting with a historical overview and going to practical aspects of the diplomatic protocol and the legislative framework linked to diplomacy.

The students should be able to understand foreign policy better and the practical implications for the private and public operators in the globalised world.
Course contents:
1.Starting point - theoretical and empirical introduction to foreign policy (allowance 0/0)
2.Actors of foreign policy (state, international organisations, regional groupings, NGOs, economic agents, media) (allowance 0/0)
3.Process of position making (particular interests, national interests, super-national interests) (allowance 0/0)
4.Instruments of foreign policy (legal instruments, political instruments) (allowance 0/0)
5.Key topics of foreign policy (geostrategic, economic, development, by sector) (allowance 0/0)
6.Key national stakeholders of foreign policy (EU, USA, emerging economies, third world), their key interests and approaches (allowance 0/0)
7.Regional groupings (EU, NAFTA, MERCOSUR, ASEAN, African Union) and international organisations and fora (UN, G20, others) (allowance 0/0)
8.Diplomacy as an instrument to implement foreign policy (legal framework, negotiation process, organisation of diplomatic services) (allowance 0/0)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-ability to work in international context
-capacity to adapt to new situations

Specific competences:
-Qualified analysis of contempporaryt needs and development trends of the EU law.
-Understanding of how the EU foreign policy work.
-Understanding of the institutional framework of the EU

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Total0 h
Assessment methods:
Students will be asked to write a three-page essay in English on a choice of two subjects, plus a multiple choice test.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQEECKHOUT, P.EU external relations lawOxford Oxford University Press2011978-0-19-960663-4
RECarta, Caterina: The European Union diplomatic service : ideas, preferences and identities. Abingdon Routledge, 2012, 211 p. ISBN 9780415559768
REHill, Christopher, Smith, Michael: International relations and the European Union, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011, 557 p. ISBN 9780199544806
REKoutrakos, Panos: European foreign policy : legal and political perspectives, Cheltenham Edward Elgar Publ, 2011. 298 p, ISBN 9781849804097
REMichael Cox; Doug Stokes: US foreign policy. Oxford : OUP, 2012, ISBN 9780199585816


Last modification made by Bc. Vít Karber on 03/24/2014.

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