Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations

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The School of Diplomacy and International Relations Student Learning Objectives

Mission Statement
The School of Diplomacy and International Relations is a leading center for the study of diplomacy and international relations, dedicated to:

  • High standards of academic excellence and professional training;
  • Extending the frontiers of knowledge;
  • Making a difference in the global community.

Program Goals
The curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills and multi-cultural literacy that will enable and encourage them to contribute to substantive and policy-relevant issues in diplomacy and international affairs. 

The program’s effectiveness focuses on the following aspects of the School’s three mutually reinforcing curricular aims:

  1. Knowledge and Understanding of:
    • The key concepts, models, theories and debates involved in the study of contemporary international relations and diplomacy;
    • The interaction between politics and economics in the international system; 
    • The institutional backdrop underpinning international politics, including international organizations and international law; 
    • The normative aspect of international relations as reflected in international law, including human rights;
    • The prevailing global issues, such as international conflict, global health, and environmental challenges;
    • An in-depth knowledge of a particular functional area and/or region of the world;
    • Knowledge and understanding of the social science research process.
  2. Skills to:
    • Collect, sort, and evaluate information;
    • Analyze complex situations and synthesize information;
    • Integrate different fields of study in analysis of a complex world;
    • Communicate effectively in oral and written form.
  3. A sense of global citizenship that will enable students to:
    • Recognize and understand differences among a diversity of cultures and viewpoints;
    • Interact effectively with people of other cultures, backgrounds and countries, in both national and international contexts;
    • Employ a global perspective and self-awareness regarding their own culture and responsibility as world citizens;
    • Demonstrate leadership qualities and other essential skills of diplomacy.

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