Curricular Unit:Code:
Political and Economic Diplomacy1142DPEC
3UndergraduatePolitical Science and International Relations6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
- Introduction to the foundations of political and economic diplomacy as a tool of international politics.
- Understanding countries' heterogenous interests and strategies based on diplomatic processes. - - Analysis of case studies.
- Awareness of international trade negotiations as the appropriate context of economic diplomacy. - Awareness of trade barriers and trade policy strategies.
The unit aims to develop the critical analysis skills of international issues; Interpersonal and inter-group communication skills; Self-oriented research and development skills.
Introduction to political diplomacy. Evolution and characterization of the international system. From international society to international community? Tools of international politics. Actors of international law. Principles and objectives of political diplomacy. International conventions. The Portuguese diplomatic service. The European Union’s diplomatic service. Economic diplomacy and international trade relations. The implementation of trade barriers. Strategies and arguments supporting the use of trade barriers.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Chapter I – With the presentation of the basics of political diplomacy, students should be informed about the theoretical foundations that allow a proper understanding of contemporary diplomatic issues.
Chapter II – Within the context of international trade negotiations and the likelihood that countries introduce restrictions to trade liberalisation, students should be aware of the imbalance between the goal of trade multilateralism and trade barriers that follow strict national interests.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
One written test (40%) and a written essay (10%) for Political Diplomacy, and one written test (50%) for Economic Diplomacy.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Theoretical exposition of the contents the scientific area; discussions in the classroom; integration of methods, concepts, theories and knowledge in the scientific area; developing interactive competences in the classroom; demonstration of oral and written communication skills of expert assessment contents; selection of methods of information management.
FERNANDES, J.P.T. (2017). O Regresso da Geopolítica, Coimbra: Almedina.
KRUEGER, A. O. (2020). International Trade: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
MEDEIROS, E. (2013). Economia Internacional: Comércio e Finanças. 9.ª ed., Lisboa: Escolar Editora.
MENDES, N. C. e COUTINHO, F. P. (org.) (2014). Enciclopédia das Relações Internacionais, Alfragide: D. Quixote.
KISSINGER, H. (2007). Diplomacia, 3ed., Lisboa: Gradiva.
KISSINGER, H. (2014). A Ordem Mundial, Alfragide: D. Quixote.
PORTO, M. (2016). Teoria da Integração e Políticas da União Europeia. 5ed., Coimbra: Almedina.
UNITED NATIONS (2005). Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961).
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Isabel Costa Leite (
Paulo Vila Maior (