Coventry University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Diplomacy, Law and Global Change (Taught)

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Course summary

This fascinating course explores the emerging global order of the 21st century from the perspectives of diplomacy and international law. Rapid change at both the domestic and international levels – globalization – transformed the policy environment and context in which both are constrained to operate. You will have the opportunity to study the changing environment and challenges globalization presents, such as gender equality, climate change, modern slavery, terrorism and organised crime. The course focuses on two sets of inter-related issues which are central to understanding this changing environment. Firstly, you will be encouraged to look at the role and nature of diplomacy as a key mode of communication between states and other actors on the international stage. Secondly, you will examine the development and adaptation of the norms and rules of international law, which have traditionally constituted the main sources of order in the international system.  The course attracts students from across the globe, offering a multicultural learning experience drawing on the experience of students from diverse cultures, which will prepare you to work in an increasingly globalised job market.  The School of Humanities and Coventry Law School maintain an outstanding network of professional contacts spanning diplomats and diplomacy specialists in a range of prestigious external organisations, both private and public. Our network includes Chatham House, the International Slavery Museum, the Royal African Society. These links are reflected in regular talks and events. Past examples include workshops facilitated by the assistant district attorney of Sicily; a senior anti-trafficking prosecutor from Nigeria; the CEO of the NHS Counter-Fraud Authority; a senior manager from the UK’s National Crime Agency and a forensic accountant from the Italian national police (talks and events are subject to availability).

Course details


Our main study themes are: The theory and practice of diplomatic relations: The evolution of diplomacy as a means of communication between states and regions and the development of diplomatic theory from traditional bilateral relations between sovereign states to the contemporary idea of multi-track diplomacy that incorporates multiple sectors of society. Contemporary threats: The course explores a number of key threats to peace, security and well-being that require regional, global and transnational responses including modern slavery, climate change, poverty, inequality, terrorism and international crime. The role of international law: An exploration of how international law provides organisational solutions for the implementation of treaties and agreements negotiated and mediated by diplomats and how diplomacy is governed by international legislation and legal custom and practice. Academic skills and techniques: the course provides initial training in the higher cognitive skills of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis and the related scholarly techniques of critical reading, reflection and writing. For details about individual modules, please visit the course page on our website.

Assessment method

Assessment employs a range of methods including: Individual coursework (essays, reports and reviews), seminar-based assessment, presentations, projects, written papers, exercises and individual and group presentations. The pass mark for modules is 40%. You must undertake and pass all seven mandatory modules, plus two optional modules to achieve the MA. Assessment is by a variety of types of written coursework including academic essays, comparative review essays, reports, research designs, reflective diaries and logs, as well as on some modules, reflective writing, group presentations and video podcasts. There are no exams on the course. An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follow: Essays (40%). Dissertation (30%). Reviews (5%). Reports (5%). Reflective Writing (5%). Practical coursework (5%). Presentations (5%). Management Consultancy Project (5%).

Entry requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

2022/23 fees TBC. Please see our website for latest information.

Provider information

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Coventry University
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Clearing contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office

02476 888888

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Thursday 18 August 08:00-20:00, Friday 19 August 08:00-18:00, Saturday 20 August 10:00-16:00, Sunday 21 August 10:00-16:00, Monday 22 August onwards (weekdays only) 08:00-18:30

Course contact details

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UK Postgraduate Admissions Office

024 7765 4321

European and International Admissions Office

+44 024 7765 2152

Diplomacy, Law and Global Change at Coventry University - UCAS