Courses in Public Diplomacy

In addition to the events and resources provided by IPDGC, the School of Media and Public Affairs and the Elliott School of International Affairs offers a number of courses on public diplomacy and related topics, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. View the course offerings for the 2015-16 academic year:

Fall 2016 

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Fall 2016

SMPA 6270 - Anaylysis for PD Professionals
Taught by: Thomas Miller 

Spring 2016

SMPA 6270- Communication in Modern Diplomacy

Taught by: Bruce Gregory

Fall 2015

SMPA 6275 - Public Diplomacy
Taught by: Elizabeth Adair Whitaker

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Spring 2015

SMPA 3350 - Introduction to Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs: the Intersection of Public Opinion and Foreign Policy
Taught byPatricia Kabra
Description: Can we influence public opinion? Should we influence public opinion? Has social media changed the way governments communicate? These questions and more will be explored over the course of the semester. This course introduces students to the core concepts of public diplomacy and public affairs; and will explore the current debates regarding the importance of publics and media as related to the formation and articulation of foreign policy. The course will cover the basic principles, tools and strategies of public diplomacy and how they are deployed by governments. 
 

SMPA 3194 or 6270 - Development, Governance, and Digital Technology
Taught bySteven Livingston
Description: This interdisciplinary course examines the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), news media, and advocacy groups. We are interested in the role of technology in efforts to strengthen the enforcement of broadly recognized international norms, especially those concerning individual and collective security. Download the full description.
 

SMPA 6270/IAFF 6208 - Communication in Modern Diplomacy
Taught byBruce Gregory
DescriptionThis course examines the expanding public dimension of diplomacy. It builds on growing global interest in public diplomacy and trends in the 21st century’s changing diplomatic environment.  We will explore how diplomats and political leaders communicate in a world of rapid globalization, new diplomatic actors, complex policy issues, digital technologies, increased risk, and uncertain boundaries between foreign and domestic. This cross-listed special topics seminar is designed to help public diplomacy concentrators deepen their knowledge and meet the interdisciplinary interests of students in global communication, international relations, and media studies. Download the full description.

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Fall 2014

SMPA 6275 - Public Diplomacy
Taught byElizabeth (Betsy) Whitaker
Description: Public diplomacy is an instrument used by states to understand cultures, attitudes, and behavior; build and manage relationships; and influence thoughts and actions to advance their interests and values. This course will examine concepts, practices, institutions, and critical issues in public diplomacy. It assumes the central importance of public engagement in today’s diplomacy and that diplomatic practice is changing in fundamental ways. Drawing on the experiences of diplomats and a growing body of literature, the course will focus on six themes:

  • Perspectives on public diplomacy and related concepts:  public affairs, public relations, strategic communication, soft power, information operations, psychological operations, and propaganda;
  • The practices of public diplomacy: listening, advocacy, cultural and exchange diplomacy, and international broadcasting;
  • Public diplomacy’s context: networks, globalization, non-state actors, and social media;
  • Comparative public diplomacy: large and small states, regional entities;
  • Organizational considerations for public diplomacy: the trajectory of U.S. public diplomacy; the “whole of government” environment; how other nations organize for public diplomacy; and
  • The future of public diplomacy: critical issues in study and practice.
     

SMPA 3350 - Public Diplomacy
Taught byTara Sonenshine
DescriptionThe theory and practice of public diplomacy: informing, influencing, and establishing dialogue with international publics and institutions. A conceptual and historical examination of public diplomacy, current practices, and contemporary issues, including international information dissemination, educational and cultural exchange, and international broadcasting.

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