May 02, 2020
Absolutely incredible course in diplomacy that gives you a perfect glimpse of understanding how diplomacy works in practice and what achievements you need to posses in order to become a good diplomat.
May 29, 2020
Great course. I had a general interest in diplomacy and wanted a little taste of what it was, this course has provided me just that. It has amazing resources to help enhance our knowledge of diplomacy
par Fred V•
Aug 02, 2020
We have a lot of respect for SOAS (actually, we studied there long ago). We have a lot of respect for the diplomacy profession. We think we could learn a lot from this course. Our expectations were high. In this review, we benchmark the course to what how good it may have been.
By professional habit or not, the course does not always steer away from a self-serving representation of diplomacy as the work of heroes who can save the world from conflicts and others. The course keeps to general presentations of out-of-action diplomats. We regret not to have seen more and deeper analysis on case studies of diplomatic negotiations: the national and personal dilemma, the planning and execution of negotiations, the gate-keeping of politicians and journalists, interactions with intelligence, etc. This may be a matter for another course?
par Erica L•
Jul 04, 2020
I felt the course was a comprehensive 'introduction' to diplomacy. The texts were relevant and some of the video interviews were interesting if at times a little repetitive. I felt that the course instructor had more of a 'facilitator' role than a teaching role and this was a disappointment.
My other critique has to do with the gender and diversity balance of those interviewed as part of the course - while it maybe be reflective of departments of international relations or foreign service demographics, I found it very pale and male. I would recommend this course to those with little to no background in international affairs or diplomatic studies.
par Francis M M•
Jul 06, 2020
I believe it is too easy to pass. There were some "peers" who I reviewed who have no right to pass this course as their answers show that they have no idea what they are talking about. I wish the course was crafted better in the sense that I really have to earn the certificate. I am an actual diplomat so to me this was a bit disappointing.
If interested, I can help craft a better course than this. I'm happy to get a Certificate but I don't think I really learned or earned anything.
par Paulina H•
May 29, 2020
The course is a good introduction and has spike in me further interest in the topics explored here. I will be taking its sister course on diplomacy and the UN. I would give it 4 stars but there was no attempt at gender balancing the speakers. I got tired of the opinions of white, British/Anglo-American males. Only 2 female speakers out of 12! Unacceptable. The readings were rather good, especially that by Harry Rudin.
par Weill S•
Jun 07, 2017
Interesting reading materials and relevant interventions of professionals. I also appreciated the fact that we had to grade and be graded by other students in a "diplomatic" way. Nonetheless, the programme was a little too general to be really demanding and challenging I think, and I would have appreciated more actual reading materials and/or references from the presetn time in the videos.
par Michael O•
Aug 13, 2020
The course is ok. The tasks are very easy and basic, the videos are informative enough. The first few readings seem pretty unrelated, but they get better and towards the end become more interesting and informative. You can complete the whole thing in a couple of days no problem.
par Mazigh B•
Jun 24, 2016
Interesting online course as introduction with brief concepts and definitions on diplomacy, its role, influence and interaction in the modern world. Recommend others to attend this online course to gain required intro knowledge on diplomacy.
par Karen N S•
Sep 16, 2020
Good course that provides the basics of what diplomacy is. I suppose I was expecting something more advanced which obviously would be an advanced degree course. Nervetheless, a good start to understanding diplomacy.
par Johan d W•
Aug 09, 2016
I would love to see this interesting lightweight introduction grow into a solid university level course with more reading, weekly added content, tests, academic discussions and a proactive moderator at the forum.
par Duke O•
Jul 15, 2017
Very limited points and questions are being explored. However it makes use of very knowledgable people, and allows for different points of perspectives in order to formulate your own idea of what diplomacy is.
par Mirna M R A•
Jun 12, 2020
It is a basic course for those who want a general idea on diplomacy, the information wasn't up to date, and there wasn't a lot of feedback in the debate area. It had low participation, at least in my cycle.
par Nathan D•
May 06, 2020
Quite an interesting course. Some of the readings I couldn't access, and videos lacked depth in terms of subject, Overall was enjoyable and recommend for those interesting in international affairs.
par Sabina S L•
May 15, 2020
Fruitful materials for reference, yet the structure of whole course relies on bite-size interviews of scholars, which might seem lack of systematic teaching throughout the whole subject.
par ibrahim A T•
Nov 19, 2016
It is alright but several people take advantage of the lax review criteria to submit one letter reviews. Better grading system would be good. Material is all fine.
par Eva B•
Dec 30, 2017
great introduction to the world of diplomacy, the videos are a bit repetitive unfortunately. But still worth my time as I started knowing nothing formal at all.
par Zhe L•
Mar 21, 2017
Yeah, this course is REALLY different from other MOOCs. I wonder if I can learn anything from a course that contains such little content.
par Shakthi V D S•
Apr 20, 2017
More timely and relevant text material would have greatly helped in broadening our understanding. Basic and easy for beginners to grasp.
par MA T Y•
Oct 18, 2020
Good to know how many academics and professions think about diplomacy but very few concrete concepts and examples given by lecturers
par Razieh M N•
Apr 08, 2020
In comparison with other courses that I have passed, this course was inferior from the material and discussion perspective.
par ADI S P R•
Aug 30, 2019
Short and crispy.
It tells us about the functions, qualities and scope of Diplomacy in Modern World
par Marina A M•
Sep 21, 2018
Interesting yet far simpler than expected. I would recommend having more course materials.
par Md. F R•
May 13, 2020
It is very important of all level of people.and concern about world politics.
par Shawnna R T•
Jun 10, 2016
It was a great experience! Definitely gained more knowledge about diplomacy.
par Roeland H•
Jul 17, 2017
Nice introduction but very general, could have done with more depth.
par peter o•
Jan 15, 2018
It was a good introduction but felt kind of shallow.