AIR349 - Diplomacy and the United Nations

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Dean Coldicott


At least two units at Level 2 in the International Relations major, or equivalent, or with the permission of the Unit Chair



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1-hour Class per week, 1 x 1-hour Seminar per week

Participation in Model United Nations Summit (on a Saturday during trimester – exact date will be advised in Week 1)

Cloud (online): 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


This unit challenges you to put yourself in the shoes of a diplomat and negotiate a multilateral agreement at the United Nations. The unit explores the nature of diplomacy in a globalizing world and investigates the forms and effectiveness of a range of political and policymaking efforts to address current issues in world politics.

Throughout the unit, students work in small groups representing an assigned nation to establish a national position on a number of key issues and negotiate with other groups. These diplomatic efforts culminate in the Model United Nations Summit towards the end of the unit.

The unit will be delivered via a series of lectures, workshops and participation in a Model United Nations Summit (on-campus or via the Cloud).


Class/Online Exercises 20%, approx. 800 words

Simulation, 40%

Report, 40%, 2000 words

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