An Intensive Unit
In semester 1 2017, ICOM892 will be run as an intensive 7-week course. Given the shorter time frame, we will launch into essential information and activities from Week 1 and it is absolutely essential that you are able to participate from Week 1. If you are going to have difficulties participating from Week 1, please contact the convenor asap.
Weekly Seminars and Lectures
Internal students are required to attend a weekly 3-hour seminar on Tuesdays from 2-5pm in Y3A187 (drama theatre). The seminar will include a range of teacher-led lectures and discussions as well as student-led and small group activities. External students will also be expected to complete activities in an online forum.
Audio recordings of lectures as well as powerpoints of lecture slides will be posted to ilearn by 5pm of the Wednesday following the Tuesday class. External students are expected to access these resources and are needed to fulfill assessment requirements. Please let the convenor know asap if you are having trouble accessing the lectures or any other materials.
Both Internal and External students are expected to use and access the ICOM892 ilearn site on a weekly basis: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
iLearn is the main platform for material sharing, communication and for assignment submission. Set readings will be accessible from ilearn.
PC and Internet access are required. Basic computer skills (e.g., Internet browsing to access media content) and skills in word processing (e.g. to write essays) are also a requirement. Students are also expected to be able to use the library database to access recommended readings and scholarly articles for use in essays. Please consult teaching staff for any further, more specific requirements.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
All readings, lectures, activities and assessments in this unit are designed to be interrelated, meaning that knowledge and skills gained from each activity are designed to build on previous activities. The focus is on building oral and written communication skills that can be applied in public diplomacy and international public relations contexts as well as on knowledge of theories and research methods that underpin the development of thoughtful, practical and culturally appropriate communication approaches. Analysis of recent and current case studies are also an important part of learning the kinds of communication approaches that work well in particular contexts and the kinds that don't.
Required Readings and Recommended Texts
Please refer to unit schedule and ilearn for the list of required readings and recommended texts. Electronic copies of the set readings will be available on e-Reserve on the university library website and will be linked to the ICOM892 ilearn site.
Recommended books include:
- Melissen, Jan (eds).2005. The New Public Diplomacy: Soft Power in International Relations. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Snow, Nancy & Philip M. Taylor (eds).2009. The Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy. New York: Routledge.
- Pamment, James. 2012. New Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century: A Comparative Study of Policy and Practice. Routledge.
- The Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy http://us.macmillan.com/series/GlobalPublicDiplomacy (Available via Google Books)