International Relations

The Economics of Diplomacy


“The economy of a country, its wealth, is directly proportional to the number of luminous individuals that live in that country. Healthy, upright, complete individuals.
This prosperity cannot be reached by separate states at odds with each other – there must be a healing in the psychology of man. What we are missing is a vision of man as a whole, what we are missing is a ‘European Consciousness’.
The United States of Europe can only be the natural consequence of the growth and development of a European consciousness. Being European doesn't mean to occupy a certain geographic area in Europe. Being European means thinking as a European, living in a country with European beliefs and traditions, and feeling as a European. Being European is an inside-out process which means to develop in each citizen a European consciousness - an inner sense of European patriotism - a conscious, eternal idea of a united nation called "Europe”


Welcome to Global Diplomacy at ESE

The purpose of this course is to provide you with a basic understanding of foreign affairs and introduce you to the fundamental principles of international relations within the political science framework. These principles will serve as the foundation for more advanced study in the International Relations field and will help you not only develop the critical thinking skills you need in order to analyze conflicts between states but the human realtions skills you need to proactively avoid them. The difference between international relations and global diplomacy is that while traditional international relations is a study from afar , diplomacy will prepare you to actively pursue a solution.

Diplomacy, in its purest form is not the art of prevailing over one’s rivals to make change, but the orchestration of perfection of communication skills to build understanding and harmony in the world as it is.

The creation of a more harmonious world depends on the individual, his level of responsibility, his creativity, his ideas, his vision.

Course Delivery

Course Participants will have 2 of the following three modules in addition to their choice of two modules from the available business and management courses available. E Business and E Commerce and International Business Decision Making are shown here as they have the broadest application spectrum, but students are encouraged to chose based on already aquired skills and aspirations.


Course Outline

Modern states and quasi-governmental organisations face an increasingly technical and complex agenda in the course of conducting their foreign policy. This course is concerned with the way in which states conduct their business internationally and their foreign policy. The overall aim is to provide students of politics, management and others practical and analytical insights into the problems and issues arising from the organisation, representation, negotiation, treaties and multilateral diplomacy of modern states and quasi-governmental organisations. Seminars will cover organisation of foreign ministry and negotiation methods. Case studies will be drawn from past, present and potential future trouble spots such as the Yugoslav conflict, Gulf Way and Middle East issues. Diplomacy is a vital element in the world's mutual survival.

Course Delivery and Assessment

The course covers lectures and reading from texts, supplementary books and newspapers and periodicals with the possibility of audio-visual methods and guest speakers. Two exams will cover written assessment, each of 40% with no more than 20% assigned to oral assessment.


Focus is on the role of work, leisure and consumption in the economy in Italy, Europe and globally. Topics include the historical evolution of work and working hour, modern organisations, the sexual division of labour and "women's role", the recent rise in work time. Alternative consumption models such as relative income, additional and permanent income are covered. Ecological critique of consumption is discussed as well as future possibilities in the transformation of structures of work, leisure and consumption.


This course is designed to give the participants insight into the principle actors in the international relations scenario. Students will be introduced to the principle theories and approaches that govern the study of international relations today. When possible, students will also be encouraged to attend lectures, seminars and presentations outside of school which may provide useful information and background material to deepen the interest and understanding of this fascinating subject area.

Course Fees

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