The Foreign Service and International Development Specialist (FSIDS) program aims to prepare students
for a career in the Canadian Foreign Service, bilateral and multilateral organizations, or international
NGOs. The program will introduce you to the world of diplomacy in bilateral and multilateral settings, as
well as provide training in essential diplomatic skills such as negotiation and networking. You will also
learn how to develop and manage international development projects, which are a major priority for
NGOs worldwide and Global Affairs Canada.

April 4th, 2022
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Essentials of Diplomacy

This module examines the process and practice of diplomacy, providing in-depth, hands-on professional training, with an emphasis on skill-based, experiential learning. Offering a practitioner’s view, the module explores how diplomacy works in practice and the essential role of diplomats, as the backbone of everyday international relations. It aims to guide professionals through the theoretical and practical building blocks of the contemporary practice of diplomacy, with a focus on gaining the essential knowledge, skills, and global outlook necessary to be an effective modern-day diplomat. This module explores diplomacy from different vantage points: the history and evolution of diplomacy, diplomacy in theory and practice, the tools, principles and practices of effective diplomacy, strategic diplomatic priorities, and the application of diplomacy in bilateral and multilateral settings. The module will familiarise students with the activities of a modern diplomat and the role of diplomacy in facing the global challenges of the 21st century. The module is designed for professionals interested in the field of international relations, with particular interest in careers in the foreign service, international organizations, multilateral corporations, NGO’s etc.

Effective Networking in Diplomacy and Advocacy

This module presents a contemporary approach for networking and advocacy for the purpose of obtaining foreign policy results. It is designed for professionals with various levels of experience from the junior officer to the mid-career manager. It is presented for the practitioner but may also be useful for the academic to gain a wider understanding of diplomacy in the 21st century. The module proposes the context of Canada‘s relations with United States as Canada‘s most important partner and ally. It uses the US context also because of the complexity of the US governing and decision-making systems. The module suggests that Canada practices a more modern diplomacy in light of these features, in lieu of a traditional diplomacy which may be suited to relations with other countries with more traditional foreign policy systems or with which Canada’s relations are less extensive. The module presents examples of types of contacts to include in one’s network for an increased influence in decision-making in the host country. This should enable an improved targeting of contacts for results and suggests less traditional tools to ensure success. Overall, it is hoped that the practitioner will be able to improve their development of strategies for engaging with networks to reach influencers and decision-makers who influence Canada’s foreign policy interests. The module also contains several case studies that provide examples of challenges, networks, practice and outcomes. Two written assignments are required to aid students to apply lessons learned.


Working in the Bilateral Environment

This module will cover the conceptual framework of bilateral diplomacy by examining two very different bilateral diplomacy case studies, a) Canada-Kingdom of the Netherlands, and b) Canada-Venezuela. Each case stems from a different end of the wide spectrum of bilateral diplomacy, in terms of maturity, common interests/antagonism, and the degree of institutional footprint in place. On one hand there will be an overview analysis of the well-established bilateral relationship between Canada and the Netherlands, and on the other, the case of Venezuela, a relationship that evolved from being one of cordial and productive engagement to the uncharted waters of acrimony and unexpected developments that characterize the relationship today.
This module will help you understand a country like as Canada frames and manages its bilateral diplomacy and the role different types of officers play in such complex and collective undertaking.

Working in the Multilateral Environment

This module introduces you to multilateral affairs and the myriad and diverse careers possible working within and around the multilateral ecosystem. We will cover the concepts and origins of the multilateralism, the range of multilateral actors (governmental and non-governmental), the current tensions within the system, and an insider’s understanding of the career possibilities in the multilateral environment. Emphasis will be on working and family life realities for those launching a career in multilateral affairs.


Intergovernmental Negotiations

This module introduces you to the world of intergovernmental negotiations, which is a key tool in diplomacy and the cornerstone of bilateral, regional, and global governance. This module is not a negotiating course per se but a primer for those interested in negotiations as a career or looking to enhance their current career as an intergovernmental negotiator. Emphasis will be on the real-world of negotiation.

International Development and International Project Management

International development is truly an interdisciplinary field. It explores the causes, effects, symptoms and linkages between the economy and economic growth, society and poverty, and the environment and sustainable development. It is seen as a cross-fertilization of the social sciences, economics, and political science. International development is especially concerned with the development of countries in the Global South (such as Brazil, India, Russia, Colombia and much of the African continent) and their relationship with countries in the Global North (such as Canada, the US, Japan, and much of the European Union). Various theories and debates have emerged to explain the relationship. But globalization and its impact on nations is front and centre to the debate as it is intricately linked to trends in international migration, international political economy, transnationalism, development aid, to name a few. Further, international development studies often use indicators for health, education, democracy, human rights, sustainability, and economic growth as measures of the overall health of nations with the aim of addressing problems of poverty, inequality, and oppression. The growing disparity between nations is a preoccupation for the international community. While globalization has helped to generate economic growth for countries such as India and China, previously considered to be part of the Global South, this growth is not benefiting everyone equally. Further, economic growth has come at the cost of unsustainable environmental practices. There has been a steady increase in the movement of international labour migrants from the Global South to the Global North in response to these economic and environmental pressures. Most international organizations are working collectively and independently to better understand the linkages and to put rules and norms in place to ensure that the global system that enables the growth of nations are more resilient, more beneficial for all, and more legitimate. This module will explore these issues in a brief yet deliberate manner as well as the key organizations that are working in the field of international development. The program is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about or pursuing careers in international development. Therefore, it uses current affairs, practical case studies, and sometimes controversial issues to help explain the concepts. It is ideal for people looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of global issues and trends in the international development of nations.


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