Department of International Relations and Diplomacy(DIRD)

INTRODUCTION

The Department of International Relations and Diplomacy (DIRD) was established to cater for the socio-economic and political needs during and after the liberation struggles in Africa.  One of the needs was and still is to offer training in International Relations and Diplomacy to address the socio economic and political changes facing the world today.  To meet these demands the department offers courses which provide knowledge, skills and appropriate attitudes to students dealing with International Relations and Diplomacy.

The department offers a comprehensive programme for  low and medium level government and private sector personnel such as a junior officers in the Immigration Offices, Army, Trade, Industry, Clearing and Forwarding Agencies, Agriculture and Farmers Associations, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Embassies and Small and Medium Enterprises.

Overall Objective

The overall objective of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD) is to provide knowledge and skills of International Relations and Diplomacy to diplomats as well as other people who are engaged in local and international politics and socio-economic affairs.

Specific Objectives

  • To equip students with the fundamentals of International Relations and Diplomacy.
  • To equip students with the practice of International Relations and Diplomacy. Programmes Offered The following are regular courses offered by the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy.

Programmes Offered

The following are regular courses offered by the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy.

BASIC TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY (BTCIRD) – NTA LEVEL 4 FOR ONE YEAR

This course aims at enabling graduates to apply the elementary knowledge and skills in International Relations and Diplomacy at work places. The graduates normally work under the close supervision of qualified professionals in various public, private and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs).

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE—NTA LEVEL 4

Semester One

  • Basics of International Relations;
  • Elements of Diplomacy;
  • Fundamentals of Protocol and Etiquette;
  • Basics of Economics; and 
  • Basic Communication Skills.

Semester Two

  • International Relations Approaches;
  • Basic Consular Practices;
  • Political Economy;
  • Africa Studies; and
  • Conflict and Security Studies.

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TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE/ORDINARY DIPLOMA IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY (TC/ODIRD) – NTA LEVEL 5 & 6 – TWO YEARS

This course aims at enabling graduates to apply knowledge and skills in International Relations and Diplomacy at work places. The graduates are able to work under minimum supervision of qualified professionals in public, private and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs).

 STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE—NTA LEVEL 5

Semester One

  • International Relations Issues and Practices;
  • Diplomatic Relations Practices;
  • Public International Law;
  • English Language Skills ;
  • Computer Skills;
  • Principles of Economics; and
  • Life Skills.

Semester Two

  • Tanzania Foreign Policy;
  • Conference Diplomacy;
  • Tanzania National Profile;
  • Conflict Resolution;
  • Foreign Language Skills;
  • Entrepreneurship; and
  • Economic Diplomacy.

NTA LEVEL 6

Upon successful completion of NTA level 5 students become automatically eligible to join NTA level 6.

Semester One

  • Consular Relations & Diplomatic Visits;
  • Diplomatic Correspondence;
  • Foreign Language;
  • National Interests;
  • Business and Management Practices; and – Trade and Investment Promotion.

Semester Two

  • Foreign Relations Management;
  • Commercial Diplomacy and International Business; and
  • Field Practical Training. A 10 weeks field attachment is mandatory with a view to familiarize students with the work place environment.

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HIGHER DIPLOMA/BACHELOR DEGREE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY (BDIRD) – NTA LEVEL 7 and 8 –THREE YEARS.

This programme has two parts. The first part comprises of four semesters. Three semesters is for class lectures and tutorials, and one semester is wholly dedicated to field attachment. Upon successful completion of the four semesters students will graduate with a higher diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy. To be awarded a Bachelor Degree, a student will have to complete two semesters ( NTA Level 8 one year) of a Bachelor Degree programme.

The programme aims at producing qualified and competent graduates who can work in the field of Diplomacy. The programme is tailored to build the capacity of the graduates working independently and have an impact in the recruiting agency. Graduates can either employ themselves or be employed in public, private and non governmental organizations.

 

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE—NTA LEVEL 7

Semester One

  • Life Skills;
  • Introduction to Protocol;
  • Micro-Economics;
  • International Relations;
  • Foreign Language Beginners Level; and
  • Communication Skills.

Semester Two

  • Computer Skills;
  • Public Relations and Multilateral;
  • Conference Diplomacy;
  • Approaches to International Peace and Security; and
  • Macro-Economics.

Semester Three

  • Gender and Conflict Resolution;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • International Economics;
  • International Political Economy;
  • Foreign Language Beginners Level;
  • Practical Training; and
  • Foreign Language Advanced Level.

Semester Four

  • Field Placement; and
  • Field Project.

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE—NTA LEVEL 8

Semester One

  • Specialized Protocol;
  • International Law Practices;
  • Conflict Resolution;
  • Management International Organization;
  • Economic Diplomacy; and
  • International Strategic Relations

Semester Two

  • African International Relations and Diplomacy;
  • Research Paper;
  • Trade and Investment Relations;
  • Foreign Mission Management;
  • Foreign Policy; and
  • International Negotiations.

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FOREIGN RELATIONS (PGD-MFR) – ONE YEAR

The programme aims at enabling graduates to acquire knowledge and skills in International Relations and Diplomacy to apply them at work places. The graduates can handle complex and newly emerging problems related to the course in the community.

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE

Semester One (Compulsory courses)

  • Communication Skills;
  • International Relations and Multilateral Organizations;
  • Development of Diplomacy;
  • Conflict Resolution; and
  • Research Methodology.

Students are supposed to choose one of the following foreign languages:
Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Korean and Russian.

Semester Two (Compulsory courses)

  • Strategic Negotiations;
  • Public International Law;
  • Regional Integration;
  • Tanzania Foreign Policy; and
  • International Security and Arms Control.

Non-Regular and Short Courses Offered

The DIRD offers the following short courses to the junior, senior and executive staff.

  • Basic certificate in Protocol and Public Relations for six  weeks;
  •    Protocol and Public Relations (PPR) for one week;
  • Essentials of Conflict Resolution for one week;
  • Negotiation Skills for one week;
  • Mediation skills for one week;
  • Peace Building for one week;
  • Disaster Management for one week;
  • International Governance;
  • Etiquette;
  • Ethics and Public Accountability;
  • Tanzanian’s Foreign Policy;
  • International Organizations; and 
  • Diplomacy.
Mr. Lenny Mwijarubi; Head of DIRD
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