The Whitehead School of Diplomacy Student Learning Objectives
The Whitehead School 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.
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
The program’s effectiveness focuses on the following aspects of the School’s three mutually reinforcing curricular aims:
- 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.
A sense of global citizenship that will enable students 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.
- 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.