The EDC module aims to consolidate a sound grammatical and lexical basis and understanding of different English registers in diplomacy and development in order to:
• understand and write reports, summaries, project proposals, and letters
• participate in discussions
• prepare and deliver oral presentations
• understand and respond to orally delivered content of lectures, news, documentaries and interviews (listening for gist and for specific information)
The DD module aims to develop critical awareness of social media’s impact on diplomatic practice; of nation branding, soft power, and online promotion of environmental and human rights campaigns, and to consolidate essay and report-writing skills in preparation for the exam.
B2 English level in the ECFRL
There are two modules: A and B, each with a title. A is English for diplomacy and cooperation (EDC). B is Digital Diplomacy (DD). The EDC module A develops advanced professional communication skills in English for international cooperation and development to a C1 / C2 level (40 hours; 6 CTS) The DD module B explores digital diplomacy and visual communication as tools of soft power (20 hours; 3 CTS) Students who have opted for English as their compulsory language course in the degree programme take modules A and B combined (9CTS) in year 1. Students who opted for French as their compulsory language course in year 1 may take module A only in year 2.
Both modules: lectures, group work, individual or joint research presentations by participants, class and group discussions, analysis of texts.
EDC module (66%). Choice between continuous assessment or written and oral exam. Continuous assessment is strongly recommended.
Continuous assessment EDC. Writing (40%): average grade for 3-4 assignments (report, summary, formal letter, cover letter). Listening (20%): best of at least 3 grades for listening comprehension. Reading, grammar and vocabulary (20%): grade for an end of course test of learning. Speaking (20%): an oral presentation on a topic pertaining to international affairs or development.
Exam EDC module: Listening comprehension; Reading and English grammar and vocabulary; Writing (this may be a cover letter, a report, a formal letter, or a summary from English to English); Oral presentation as above. If this module is taken together with the DD module then it counts for 66.6% of the overall grade for (and 6/9CTS of) the course.
DD module (33.3%). Written project or essay on topic agreed with course instructor, to be prepared in student’s own time and submitted when they choose. The grade for this module counts for 33.3% of the overall grade for the course of 9 CTS (6+3).
Office hours: During term time: after and between classes either in classroom or in office (room 11 on) 5th floor old wing Via Alviano Gorizia. Between terms: by appointment. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following texts are not compulsory. Teaching and learning material will be made available during the course and posted on Moodle.
Evans, G. & R. Newnham (1999) Dictionary of International Relations. Harmondsworth: Penguin
Berridge, G. & James, A Dictionary of Diplomacy. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Goodale, M. (1987) The Language of Meetings. Heinle & Heinle
One of the following books for grammar and vocabulary, according to need and preference:
Foley, M. & D. Hall (2003) Advanced Learners’ Grammar. London: Longman
Hewings, M. (2013) Advanced Grammar in Use. 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Side, R. & G. Wellman (2001) Grammar and Vocabulary for Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency. London: Longman
Swan, M. (2005) Practical English Usage. Oxford University Press: Oxford
Bjola, C. & Holmes, M. (2015) Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge
Deruda, A. (2015) The Digital Diplomacy Handbook: How to Use Social media to Engage with Global Audiences. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Fletcher, T. (2016) The Naked Diplomat. London: Collins
Jewitt, C. & Rumiko. O. (2001) 'Visual meaning: a social semiotic approach' in Van Leeuwen & Jewitt (eds) 134-156
Kress, G. & van Leeuwen, T. (2006) Reading Images. The Grammar of Visual Design. 2nd edn. London: Routledge
Livingston, S. & Walter-Drop, G. (eds) (2014) Bits and Atoms: Information And Communication Technology In Areas Of Limited Statehood (Oxford Studies In Digital Politics) Oxford: OUP
Sandre, A. (2015) Digital Diplomacy: Conversations on Innovation in Foreign Policy. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield
Seib. P. (2012) Real-time Diplomacy: Politics and Power in the Social Media Era. New York: Palgrave Macmillan