This program carries quarter units of UC credit.
Students will be officially enrolled into Glbl St 10.
The International Institute serves as the focal point for international research and teaching at UCLA. Through its multidisciplinary centers and programs dedicated to the study of world regions and global issues, the Institute fosters learning about and active participation in the contemporary world.
The academic programs offered through the UCLA International Institute focus on the modern and interdisciplinary study of many of the world’s regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East) and important international thematic issues (international development and globalization) facing the world today.
Global Studies 10. International Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs
One-week intensive summer course, including lectures in international relations and outside study. Development of position papers in simulation of United Nations and final presentation in respective UN committees. Particular emphasis on public speaking and cooperative debate.
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Students in this course will simulate the United Nations through debate of international relations in subsidiary committees. The course begins with an instruction on the rules and procedure of Model United Nations in order to make for effective debate while simultaneously teaching students effective strategies of public speaking and cooperative crisis resolution. Next, students will be examining some of the most pressing international flash points of the day, ranging from the ongoing aftermath of the Arab Spring, the threats of new leadership in North Korea, the dangers of drug wars in Mexico, an ever-increasing planet’s temperature, the fledgling economies of European states, and many more. This examination will take place both through lecture and through interactive and cooperative research initiatives in preparation for the United Nations’ committee simulations. Rather than simply learning facts about international affairs and countries’ foreign policies, students will be required to conduct this research from the perspectives of assigned countries. Then, the bulk of the class will operate within these respective committees, where students will debate the best solutions to these flash points, with the goal of providing security and stability through collaborative resolution writing.
In addition to the substance of modern diplomacy, this course will cover the subject of diplomatic protocol, as well as addressing students’ practical communication skills in writing executive summaries, talking points, diplomatic reports as well as writing and delivering speeches, all of which are vital requirements for an effective diplomat.
Position Papers - 10%
Debate Participation - 40%
Committee Caucusing - 30%
Resolution Writing - 20%
As the week of the Summer Institute will be equivalent to one full class, attendance each day is crucial and more than 1 day’s absence will result in a grade of NP.
Students are expected to conduct proper research relevant to their committees, participate in the flow of debate and cooperation, as well as arrive to class on time and actively participate in all related exercises of the Summer Institute
Position papers will be a required facet of the beginning of the Summer Institute. After conducting research, students will be required to write a one-page, single-spaced paper PER TOPIC (i.e., if a committee has two topics, two position papers total will be due) outlining student’s country or character’s policy on the topic, a brief summary of the background of the topic, and proposals for future actions related to the topic.
Through this intensive week-long program, students will experience the following:
Program participants will earn units of credit and will be recorded on an official University of California transcript. Please note that official transcripts are not automatically sent to students. You can view more information about UCLA grading policies and how to acquire a transcript.