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.

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
ES Academische eenheid
Educational team
Johan Swinnen (course titular)
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
Digital course material (Required) : Modern Trends in Diplomacy: Capita Selecta, Capita Selecta
Additional info


Learning Outcomes

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 regarding evaluation


Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject