Introduction to Protocol and Diplomacy | ECPD100
This unit offers a brief history of protocol and its main practices. It underlines the importance of understanding protocol as an inherent part of diplomacy. It also explains the difference between the various forms of protocol and helps participants to understand why key concepts such as protocol, etiquette and ceremonial are interdependent, but not reducible to each other.
Precedence and its Criteria | ECPD101
This unit introduces precedence lists, their socio-cultural importance and their practical relevance. First, it adopts an anthropological perspective to analyse the development of precedence lists and the cultural realities that such lists convey. Each country honours different functions and the unit outlines which criteria may be adopted when determining the order of precedence. Second, it addresses how precedence lists can be used to facilitate efficient and appropriate communication and planning.
Seating Arrangements for Events | ECPD102
This unit examines the different seating arrangements that can be used at conferences and other high level events to best ensure their success. It looks at the preparations that need to be made prior to an event in order to ensure that people are correctly seated. It raises some of the different challenges that can arise in the area of seating and looks at how these can be addressed by considering precedence lists and modern seating arrangements.
Symbolism and the World of Flags | ECPD103
This course begins by addressing social theories on the meaning and importance of symbols and signs. It then discusses the world of flags, and their meaning and precedence. On a practical level it demonstrates how the protocol officer can assure that symbols, and in particular flags, are correctly positioned for the various types of events where they might be required, and that those symbols, be given the position of honour at a particular event that they deserve. It also shows how symbols can unintentionally cause offence or damage a diplomatic relationship.
Invitations and Gifts | ECPD104
This unit discusses the practicalities surrounding lists, invitations, and the giving and receiving of gifts. It looks at the preparation required both prior and during the event, such as preparing guest lists, sending the right format of invitation for the level of event, etc. The participants of this course will be able to determine, based on the formality of the event, which invitation forms are required by protocol. They will also understand how to compose and manage invitations in a way that is useful to an event organiser and other members of an event-organising team. Lastly, they will know which events require which gifts, at which moment during the event they should be distributed, and how they should be exchanged.
Protocol at the Table | ECPD105
This unit addresses customs and traditions that relate to the table. It begins by examining the different food types that should or should not be served to foreign visitors, table manners, and the traditional table settings used in different countries at breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Different aspects of protocol at the table are introduced and examined, including the importance of etiquette.
The Role of the Protocol Officer | ECPD106
This unit discusses the important role of protocol and the protocol officer in ensuring efficient and successful communication, high-level event planning, and cross-cultural awareness. The importance of this role in the diplomatic context is described. This unit outlines the tools and skills that are necessary as a protocol officer in order to lead and support other staff and to communicate with the public. The unit is designed to enable the student to grasp some of the sociological underpinnings of the practice of protocol in today’s society. It encourages students to consider the importance of signs and communication in the practice of protocol.
Official Events | ECPD107
This unit offers a comprehensive review and discussion of protocol as applied in the organisation of an official event. It provides participants with an understanding of the different elements that need to be considered when planning a high-level event depending on the attendees. It discusses the preparations and the rules that should be followed when signing treaties and agreements. It further discusses how to host high-level delegations that accompany such events.
Organisation of Official Visits workshop | ECPD108
This workshop covers the protocol to be followed for the preparation and organisation of state and official visits. These visits play a significant role in strengthening bilateral relations between countries and international organisations.
Organisation of Press Conferences workshop | ECPD109
This workshop covers the protocol that should be followed in the organisation of press conferences where announcements or presentations are to be made. It discusses the preparations that need to be made for the press and how to deal with security officers.
Organisation of Conferences and Summits workshop | ECPD110
This workshop covers the protocol that should be followed in the organisation of summits, conferences, and meetings where agreements are to be signed or negotiations are to be held.
Organisation of Ceremonies workshop | ECPD111
This workshop covers the implementation of protocol procedures in official ceremonies, be it a funeral or a commemoration. It provides participants with an understanding of the different factors that need to be considered when planning a high-level event.