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Course

Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Course details

Archived Course

Length
3 weeks
Effort
6-8 hours
Level
Intermediate
Language
English
Venue
Online
Certificate
Yes
Price
500 USD
Start date
18 February 2019
End date
10 March 2019

Course summary

Cultural diplomacy has long been the Cinderella of foreign ministries. But, as with its close relation, public diplomacy, interest in cultural diplomacy has increased with growing understanding of the significance of soft power in achieving states’ objectives in the international realm.

Topics

Sustainable Development Goals
Breaking the silos

About this course

Cultural diplomacy has long been the Cinderella of foreign ministries. But, as with its close relation, public diplomacy, interest in cultural diplomacy has increased with growing understanding of the significance of soft power in achieving states’ objectives in the international realm.

This course examines the role of cultural diplomacy in the 21st Century. After first defining cultural diplomacy, the course discusses the concept of soft power and how this has informed the development of both public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy. There follows an account of the history of cultural diplomacy and of the influence of technological and societal change on its practice. Current practice in the field of cultural diplomacy will be analysed, along with the varied institutional arrangements in key countries. Finally, there will be an examination of cultural diplomacy as conducted in multilateral fora.

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Target audience

The course targets mid to senior-level government officers in ministries preparing for and/or taking part in conferences in relation to climate change as well as staff of intergovernmental / nongovernmental organizations. It also targets entry-level and mid-career diplomats working in a multilateral setting. Private sector specialists and students whose work or studies are related to this subject are also encouraged to apply.

Learning objectives

  • Define cultural diplomacy and the concept of soft power;
  • Explain the relationship between public diplomacy and cultural diplomacy;
  • Describe the historical development of cultural diplomacy and the impact of technological and societal change on its practice and analyse the current issues in the field of cultural diplomacy;
  • Identify the varying institutional arrangements of a representative sample of states practising cultural diplomacy; • Describe the practice of cultural diplomacy in the multilateral environment.