American University of Beirut

Cultural Diplomacy Certificate


​The objective of this program is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of international relations within the contemporary interdependent world, while placing a particular emphasis on cultural diplomacy within this framework.​​

​Course Description

  • CCDC 101 International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy

This course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge needed in the field of cultural diplomacy and international relations, with a particular emphasis on the application of cultural diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and as practiced by the private sector and civil society. The course uses a historical and case study approach and addresses the most important contemporary international issues. 

  • CCDC 201 Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy

This course provides participants with a substantial knowledge of cultural diplomacy as practiced by global governance institutions and international organizations around the world. A particular emphasis is put on cultural diplomacy’s role in global governance to improve the ways in which the diversity of cultures can properly understand each other and to facilitate cooperation more effectively at the political, economic and cultural levels. The course provides analysis of the practice of cultural diplomacy at the multilateral level by examining specific case studies of global governance organizations and international organizations. ​

  • CCDC 202 Cultural Diplomacy and Conflict Zone Mediation

The course provides a thorough background in cultural diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach, while further accentuating the role and potential of cultural diplomacy in conflict resolution and mediation, with the end goal of strengthening international relations. It addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom lectures and seminars supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and non-governmental organizations; educational events, conferences, tours, and meetings with foreign officials are further incorporated into the curriculum. In addition, the program allows participants the opportunity to attend all ICD conferences, events, presentations, and other activities. 

  • CCDC 203 Cultural Diplomacy, Sustainable Development and the Global Markets

The course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge needed in the field of Cultural Diplomacy and International Economics, with a particular emphasis on the role of Cultural Diplomacy in the economic policies of Nation States; the encouragement of sustainable tourism; the use of Cultural Diplomacy in the development of national brands; the international dimension of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI); and the global economics and Environmental Responsibility. In particular the course provides a thorough backgrou​nd in the practice of Cultural Diplomacy in international trade, nation branding, tourism, the engagement of international corporations & business, fostering entrepreneurship and building cultural economic bridges between nations and groups of nations. 

  • CCDC 204 Cultural Diplomacy by the Arts, Music and Cinema 

This course provides participants with core knowledge in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a special emphasis on the use of the arts, music and cinema as methods of cultural diplomacy. It combines both theory and practical case studies from a wide variety of fields, such as international relations, diplomacy, the humanities, and culture. It also provides a thorough analysis of a diverse selection of cultural diplomacy institutions and the application of cultural diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy, domestic policy and multiculturalism.​

​​​​​​​​To submit your full registration, ​​send all filled required documents to or pass by CEC Office. ​​​​​​​​

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