International Politics and Diplomacy


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of this module is: 

  • to provide students with knowledge of advanced theories on international politics, diplomacy. 

  • to enable students to apply distinct theoretical and methodological approaches of the field to the study of contemporary cases regarding international politics and diplomacy, for instance international law, international negotiations, conflict resolution, international political economy, and security politics.  

  • to enable students to analyze how different state and non-state actors influence political and diplomatic relations, conflicts and decision-making processes in the international realm including new digital forms of interaction. 


The module is an advanced, interdisciplinary module that presupposes knowledge of basic IR theories. The module takes its point of departure in the development and transitions of international relations by means of concrete case-studies and theoretical approaches from the literature on i.e. international law, international politics, and diplomacy. The focus will be on current debates and events, covering a variety of geographical settings and online and offline problem areas.  

Learning objectives


  • theories and practices within the field of international politics and diplomacy, for instance international law, international institutions, international political economy, international negotiations and conflict resolution 

  • current issues and academic debates within the field of international politics and diplomacy. 

  • diplomatic practices and negotiation techniques. 


  • can apply theories within the module’s subject areas to analyze relevant cases and at same time remain critical to these theories. 

  • can identify relevant actors and understand their potential interests and demands in complex international situations 


  • can reflect and argue on the basis of scientific knowledge 

  • can delimit and summarize complex international problem fields and communicate these findings to a target audience. 

  • Can reflect upon the consequences of new forms of digital communication in relation to the subject field 

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures, exercises, student contributions, and may include a simulation game with position papers. 



Name of examInternational Politics and Diplomacy
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
The examination for International Politics and Diplomacy is an internally assessed written or oral examination.

The written exam consists of a 72-hour take-home assignment. The assignment paper must not exceed 8 pages.

The oral examination will take the form of a conversation between the student and the examiners about a question posed within the syllabus of the module. Duration of examination: 20 min, including grading and announcement of result.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleInternational Politics and Diplomacy
Module code2022IR2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities