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


Course code:
Course title in Czech: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in English
Course title in English:
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in English
SS 2013/2014
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (5 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes:
full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
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Type of delivery: usual, consulting
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Course supervisor:
Course supervising department:
Department of Regional and Business Economics (FRDIS)
Faculty: Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies
doc. Ing. Petr Blížkovský, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Prerequisites: not RRZPD
Timetable in this semester:
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Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
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 content:
Starting point - theoretical and empirical introduction to foreign policy (allowance 0/0)
Actors of foreign policy (state, international organisations, regional groupings, NGOs, economic agents, media) (allowance 0/0)
Process of position making (particular interests, national interests, super-national interests) (allowance 0/0)
Instruments of foreign policy (legal instruments, political instruments) (allowance 0/0)
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)
Regional groupings (EU, NAFTA, MERCOSUR, ASEAN, African Union) and international organisations and fora (UN, G20, others) (allowance 0/0)
Diplomacy as an instrument to implement foreign policy (legal framework, negotiation process, organisation of diplomatic services) (allowance 0/0)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
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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.
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Recomended reading and other learning resources:
EECKHOUT, P. EU external relations law. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011. 624 p. ISBN 978-0-19-960663-4.

Carta, Caterina: The European Union diplomatic service : ideas, preferences and identities. Abingdon Routledge, 2012, 211 p. ISBN 9780415559768
Hill, Christopher, Smith, Michael: International relations and the European Union, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011, 557 p. ISBN 9780199544806
Koutrakos, Panos: European foreign policy : legal and political perspectives, Cheltenham Edward Elgar Publ, 2011. 298 p, ISBN 9781849804097
Michael Cox; Doug Stokes: US foreign policy. Oxford : OUP, 2012, ISBN 9780199585816

Course listed in study plans for this semester:
Field of study C-ITS-IDS International Development Studies, full-time form, initial period WS 2013/2014
Field of study C-ITSE-IDSE International Development Studies, full-time form, initial period WS 2013/2014
Course listed in previous semesters: SS 2019/2020, WS 2019/2020, SS 2018/2019, WS 2018/2019, SS 2017/2018, WS 2017/2018 (and older)
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Last modification made by Bc. Vít Karber on 03/24/2014.

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