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Modern Trends in Diplomacy: Capita Selecta

Modern Trends in Diplomacy: Capita Selecta

3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020365GNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

Information about this course is applicable on academic year 2017-2018.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method

Grading (scale from 0 to 20)

Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences & Solvay BS
Responsible organisation
ES Academische eenheid
Educational Team:
Activities and contact hours
  • 21 contact hours Lecture
Course content
  1. Diplomacy in a crisis-situation (the case of pre-genocidal Rwanda)
  2. Diplomacy accompanying an internal transitional process (the electoral ‘trap’ of the RDC)
  3. Process-driven diplomacy: the Helsinki Process
  4. Multi-layer diplomacy in Belgium
  5. Public Diplomacy: a multifaceted approach
  6. Economic Diplomacy: the search for win-win-situations
  7. Levers for international development: legal security and investments
  8. Cultural Diplomacy: a platform for international understanding
  9. The diplomatic promotion of immaterial values: the cases of democracy and human rights
  10. Economic integration as a prerequisite for peace and security


Course material
  • Course text (Required): Modern Trends in Diplomacy: Capita Selecta
Additional info


Programme Objectives

General competences

Diplomats operate in a multitasking environment since defending a country’s interests is a multilayered process: politics, economics, culture,…

This course aims at offering students an overview of all aspects diplomacy consists of. As such they will be able to operate on various levels in the diplomatic scene.



The final grade is composed based on the following categories:

  • Written Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

Written Exam with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info with regard to grading