Foreign Policy Studies
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This new English-language programme is being jointly offered by Collegium Civitas and the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM).
Students will gain a Postgraduate Certificate (świadectwo ukończenia studiów podyplomowych) in Foreign Policy, worth 60 European Credit Transfers (ECTS) awarded by Collegium Civitas.
About the course
Rapid and diverse patterns of change in the international environment, as well as the emergence of new actors in global affairs reinforce the need for expertise on contemporary foreign policy and diplomacy. This course meets this demand by providing participants with an unparalleled opportunity to develop their expertise and skills in foreign policy analysis and international relations and to combine this with tailor-made diplomatic and professional training led by experienced practitioners, academics and think-tankers. Teaching will take place at PISM which offers a central location in Warsaw with a comfortable learning environment and a well-stocked specialist library (Adres strony został usunięty/library). Students on the programme will also enjoy access to seminars, conferences and other events held by the Polish Institute of International Affairs. The teaching sessions from October through to June will take place on Saturdays and Sundays (9.00-16.30). There may be occasional meetings on Friday evenings; notice will be given to students in advance. Please find the details below.
Objectives and learning outcomes
By following the course students will become specialists in contemporary foreign policy. Participants will build-upon and gain new knowledge in a wide range of contemporary foreign policy issues and diplomatic skills relevant to an array of professional careers. Students will acquire expertise and develop a sophisticated understanding of the dynamics of change in the foreign policies of various states and regions, including Poland and Central Europe, the United States, the EU, China, Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood and the wider Middle East. Students will also advance their analytical capacities of the ‘risks and challenges’ associated with such topics and themes as energy security, proliferation, missile defence systems, global economic governance, migration, climate change and the politics of humanitarian assistance and development policy. Students will not only develop expertise in these areas, but also learn about the strategies being developed by states and international organisations to meet new and emerging challenges.
On top of this, the course will enable students to refine existing competences and gain new skills essential for career advancement in a range of professional environments. Students will receive practitioner-led tutorials and have the opportunity to practice: diplomatic protocol, presentation skills, organisation of public events, public speaking and report writing.
The programme combines a thematic approach, with a focus on such issues as global governance, proliferation, energy security, migration and climate change, alongside an analysis of the contemporary foreign and security policy priorities of a variety of states and regions, beginning with a strong emphasis upon Poland and Central Europe. This rich curricula is complemented by substantial tailor-made elements of diplomatic training to refresh students’ skills and capacities for career advancement and professional life.
Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in a Contemporary Context: Issues, Debates and Outlook.
Polish Foreign and Security Policy; Central Europe: National and Regional Foreign and Security Policies; The Visegrad Group.
Global Governance and the Role of International Institutions; International Political Economy; the Polish Economy.
Understanding and Responding to Challenges and Future Security Trends and Challenges; Weapons of Mass Destruction; Missile Defence Systems; Terrorism and Responses.
Energy Security; Migration as a Foreign Policy Issue; Climate Change as a Foreign Policy Challenge; Development Policy; Humanitarian Issues.
Diplomatic and Professional training.
The EU and the Future of Integration, External Policies of the EU, Enlargement; European Neighbourhood Policy.
The Rising Powers and their implications: the ‘BRIC’ states in focus (Brazil, Russia, India and China).
Russia and the Eastern Neighbourhood (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and the South Caucasus); Poland’s Eastern Policies.
Foreign Policy – Country and Regional Case Studies, including the United States, Australia, Central Asia, France, Israel and the Wider Middle East, with briefings from diplomats and policy practitioners.
Instructors and Lecturers on the course come from Collegium Civitas, PISM and other Think-Tanks, the policy community, non-governmental sectors, the diplomatic corps and international business, e.g.: Secretary of State Adam Jasser, Deputy Minister of National Defence Robert Kupiecki, former Minister of Defence Bogdan Klich, Thomas Vennen of ODHIR, Prof. Edmund Wnuk-Lipiński of Collegium Civitas, MEP Dr. Rafał Trzaskowski and Dr. Marek Cichocki of the Natolin European Centre. The programme will be delivered through an innovative mix of lectures, workshops, interactive question and answer sessions, visits to Embassies and briefings from officials.
The programme will meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals, including those already working within national administrations, embassies, international organisations and NGOs, as well as those aspiring to work in these areas. It will also serve the interests of individuals working in commerce, where business and trade is subject to fast-moving global political and economic developments. The programme will also appeal to those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of international relations and gain valuable diplomatic skills for general career development or simply for personal achievement. The programme will also be valuable for existing students who would like to supplement their current studies with a foreign policy specialisation.
The fall semester:
October: 04-05; 18-19;
The spring semester:
a) Individual oral presentation with power point on a foreign policy topic
b) Written analytical policy report 1000 words
c) Essay of 4000 words