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DHP D206M: U.S. Diplomatic Tradecraft

Course Description

U.S. Diplomatic Tradecraft is a 1.5 credit half-semester course designed to help students build the skills needed to succeed in modern diplomacy, including:


  • Finding reliable sources of information on foreign events.
  • Analyzing how various events affect U.S. foreign policy priorities.
  • Writing for the workplace.
  • Briefing high-level officials.
  • Working with foreign interlocutors.
  • Navigating the U.S. interagency.

The focus of the course will be the U.S. Foreign Service, but students from other countries are welcome, as is their input and comparison on practices in their own countries’ diplomatic corps.

The course will begin with a general overview of the history, structure, and culture of the State Department.  The course will then move into learning and practicing the skills of a Foreign Service Officer, beginning with a writing and editing seminar.  Students will be given regular short-term writing assignments.  In class, students will analyze case studies and participate in role-plays, including an Embassy Modified Country Team and meeting with foreign diplomats. 

The course will be taught by Ann Hardman, the current State Department Fellow at The Fletcher School.


Fall 2019 - course offered 2nd half of semester; Spring 2020 - course offered 1st half of semester
Ann Hardman
Course duration: First half Second half
Credits/Units: 1.5

Fall 2019

Note: Course meets second half of semester.
Ann Hardman
Room: Cabot 205
Day(s): Monday, Wednesday
Time: 9:40 am - 10:55 am
SIS number: 84404

Final Exam

Consult instructor for exam details

Spring 2020

Note: Course meets first half of semester.
Ann Hardman
Room: Cabot 206
Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 11:05 am - 12:20 pm
SIS number: 24249

Final Exam

Consult instructor for exam details