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This micro-credential, an intensive Pacific negotiation masterclass, provides enrollees with first-hand exposure to the challenges of diplomatic negotiation. Enrollees will acquire and refine new negotiation skills and techniques through a variety of learning methods, including workshop discussion, demonstration, practice and simulation. The masterclass aims to develop the ability of participants to think politically and strategically about Pacific policy challenges, to examine key elements in the planning and conduct of negotiation to address these challenges in the context of Pacific politics, security and development, to identify essential qualities and skills for effective negotiation, and to consolidate this knowledge through practical exercises that simulate real-world diplomatic negotiations in and on the Pacific region.

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to: 

  1. Develop a strategic road-map to achieving a negotiated outcome on Pacific policy
  2. Recognise, apply and respond to different approaches to diplomatic negotiation
  3. Design negotiation strategies for a variety of different diplomatic contexts, including formal, informal, bilateral and multilateral settings

Indicative assessment

Negotiation Strategy (1,500 word outline of tactics, talking points and red lines): 30%; Links to LO: 1, 2 and 3

Negotiation Report (1,500 words): 70%; Links to LO: 1, 2 and 3

Assumed knowledge 

This Micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent. 

Micro-credential stack information 

 This Micro-credential is currently not part of a stack.


  • Course Code: DPA23

  • Workload: Contact hours: 12 hours, face-to-face or online (eg via Zoom). Individual study and assessment: approx. 50-60 hours.

  • ANU unit value: 3 units

  • Course Code Level: 8000

  • Contact:  ANU Department of Pacific Affairs: dpa@anu.edu.au

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification. 

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