Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorIoannis Stefanidis
Course ID600000316

Programme of Study: UPS School of Law (2015-today)

Registered students: 13
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationExchangeSpring-5

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
There are no prior courses or other prerequisites for this course.
Learning Outcomes
Diplomatic History is taught as a prerequisite to a proper understanding of International Law and International Relations in so far as it provides the background to legal intercourse between states and other international actors as well as a meaningful context for theorising on the nature of international relations.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Diplomatic History or, alternatively, History of International Relations, as it is also known, examines the Past mainly through the prism of relations among states and other actors in world politics. Although it stresses foreign policy, it also examines internal developments which have influenced the external behaviour of states and have jeopardised international peace and stability. This undergraduate elective course offers an introduction to diplomacy, the European states system, principles and conditions, such as sovereignty and the balance of power, respectively, on which this system rested until World War II. Further, it analyses the evolution of the European states system with emphasis on the policies of Great Powers and the relations between them, from the 19th century Concert of Europe to the decline and breakdown of the system and its succession by a bipolar world. Landmark subjects include the system of Alliances (1871-1914), World War I and the Russian Revolutions, the Peace Treaties and the League of Nations, minority issues, the policies of the interwar totalitarian regimes, the policy of appeasement and World War II.
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of the Moodle Platform
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Oral examinations at the end of semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Bridge, R.F. - Bullen, R., The Great Powers and the European States System 1815-1914 (London, 1980) Ross, G., The Decline of the European States System 1914-1945 (London, 1983)
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