Public Diplomacy at the Local and Regional Level

General Information
Number of Hours: 
Thursday 15:30 - 17:15
Preliminary requirements: 

Basic knowledge of the modern history and international political relations.

Course Description: 
  1. Introduction and definition of public diplomacy
  2. Models and types of public diplomacy
  3. Priorities of the public diplomacy on the example of the polish MFA
  4. Case studies of public diplomacy activities on the example of the implemented projects at the regional and state level
  5. Presentation of case studies by students
  6. Evaluation of the courses
Aims of the course: 

W1.Student knows at the advanced extend the contemporary concepts of the inter cultural communication.

W2.Student describes exhaustively legal basis, components and mechanisms of functioning of the international service in the modern state, including the regional and local level.

W3. He has expanded knowledge about the role and importance of various forms of diplomacy in international relations - different types (political, cultural, economical).

W4. Student knows at the advanced concepts of public diplomacy.

U1. Student can use acquired knowledge to conduct complex negotiations and to put into practice different methods of mediation.

U2. Student has the ability to thoroughly analyze the behaviour of the political system entities operating within state structures (economic, social, cultural, informational).

U3. Student is able to comprehensively analyze and interpret selected decisions and actions of state authority or regional (both internally and internationally) and international institutions. 

U4. Student is able to analyze various social phenomena, political, economic and cultural, recognizing their relevance at different levels (international, national, local).

K1. Student can choose the appropriate priorities to achieve the set by themselves or others professional task, public or  research.

K2. Student is aware of the practical dimension of the application of advanced scientific knowledge.

K3. Student can participate in the preparation of various types of complex social projects.

K4. Student can participate in the preparation of various types of complex social projects.

Teaching methods: 

Seminar, discussion, case studies, work in groups, presentation

Evaluation & Completion: 

- oral presentation (individual),

- active participation in discussions during classes

Basic Literature: 
  1. B. Ociepka. Poland’s New Ways of Public Diplomacy. Peter Land Edition. Frankfurt am Main 2017
  2. B. Ociepka, Public diplomacy in the EU. Models for Poland, PISM Policy paper No 5(86), Warszawa, February 2014
  3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Public diplomacy 2012, Warsaw 2012
  4. A. Skorupska. The Role of Local Governments in National Foreign Policy in Poland. PISM Strategic File, No 7 (70), April 2015
  5. M. Stormowska, A. Skorupska. European Capital of Culture: Wroclaw’s (and Poland/s) Opportunities. PISM Bulletin No 65 (797), 30 June 2015
  6. Committee of the Regions, 78thPlenary Session held on 12 and 13 February 2008. Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on city diplomacy (2009/C 120/01)
  7. B. Surmacz, City Diplomacy, Barometr Regionalny Tom 16 Nr 1
  8. F. Terruso, Complementing traditional diplomacy: regional and local authorities going international, European View (2016) 15
Additional Literature: 
  1. Public Diplomacy and EU Enlargement the case of Poland, B. Ociepka, M. Ryniejska, Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Calingendael” 2005
  2. Wielding Soft Power the New Public Diplomacy, J. Melissen, Hague 2009
  3. European Public Diplomacy. Soft Power at work. Mai’a K. Cross, Jan Melissen, Palgrave Macmillan 2013