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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Advanced Diploma: Diplomacy 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
48726  Advanced Diploma: Diplomacy 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Diplomacy, Protocol and Foreign Affairs Assist 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
Was PSETA until Last Date for Achievement  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
Further Diploma  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  247  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
SAQA 0160/05  2007-06-26  2008-11-26 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2009-11-26   2012-11-26  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification is replaced by: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
64329  National Diploma: Diplomacy  Level 7  NQF Level 07  240  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
The Advanced Diploma in Diplomacy is intended to provide trainees with competencies that will enable them to serve the Republic of South Africa in diplomatic services.

The purpose of the qualification is to assist learners to gain insight and a understanding of what diplomacy entails and acquire competencies in conducting foreign relations.

Learners will develop skills and techniques of negotiation and conflict management which relate to specific issues such as international trade, international environmental policy, international law, ethnic conflicts, human rights and/or humanitarian affairs. The focus is on multilateral diplomacy and developing practical and analytical diplomatic and negotiation skills.

Rationale:

This qualification provides learners with access to employment opportunities within the broader diplomatic community in order to protect and promote the sovereignty of the State and advance the interests of the Republic of South Africa. This qualification provides the diplomatic community for competencies and a skills base that will enable the learners to contribute to the advancement of national interests by promoting a positive image of South Africa in diplomatic circles. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Persons wishing to pursue this qualification are assumed to have:
  • Completed a Level 6 qualification or its equivalent.
  • Sufficient knowledge of English to enable them to cope with the studies.
  • Good general knowledge of current affairs.
  • Excellent knowledge of the South African situation
  • Fair knowledge of other countries.
  • End-user computing

    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be obtained through the recognition of relevant prior learning and/or experience. For the purpose of recognising prior learning, providers are required to develop structured means for the assessment of individual candidates on a case-by-case basis. Such procedures and the assessment of individual candidates must be subject to moderation. 

  • RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
    N/A 

    EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of international politics and economics.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, social, political and economic realities of South Africa in a global context.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of international law.
    4. Communicate and interpret information reliably and accurately in a diplomatic context.
    5. Conduct research, access information and critically reflect on regional and international issues.
    6. Generate and negotiate solutions to key regional and international problems within the context and agency of consular work.
    7. Perform practical aspects of agency and consular work.

    Critical Cross-Field Outcomes:

    This qualification addresses the following critical cross-field outcomes. The way in which the critical cross-field outcomes are addressed is presented in detail in the unit standards.
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, or community.
  • Organizing and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Collecting, analysing, organizing and critically evaluating information.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion.
  • Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1. A comprehensive knowledge of international politics and economics to enable the practice of diplomacy is demonstrated.
    2. A broad understanding of the historical, social, political and economic of South Africa to enable the practice of diplomacy is demonstrated.
    3. A comprehensive knowledge of international law to enable the practice of diplomacy is demonstrated.
    4. Information is communicated and interpreted reliably and accurately within a diplomatic context.
    5. Information is sourced, analysed and the best possible solutions to regional and international issues are determined.
    6. Solutions to regional and international problems are negotiated and arrived at within the context of consular work.
    7. Agency and consular work is performed within the ambit of the Department of Foreign Affairs regulations.

    Integrated Assessment:

    Ongoing formative assessment is required so that learners are given feedback on their progress in the achievement of specific learning outcomes. Summative assessment is concerned with the judgement of the learning in relation to the exit-level outcomes of the qualification, which test the learners' ability to integrate a large body of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Integrated assessments must be designed to achieve the following:
  • An integration of the achievement of exit-level outcomes in a way which demonstrates a 'deep' approach to learning and shows that the purpose of the qualification as a whole has been achieved;
  • Judgement of learner performance which can provide evidence of applied competence or capability;
  • An emphasis on criterion-referenced assessment which is more transparent to the learners and which is capable of being applied to the recognition of prior learning. 

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Advanced Diploma in Diplomacy addressed the international competencies needed by the personnel functioning missions. Although this qualification is particular to the needs of the South African personnel, the diploma compares favourably with international practice. Traditionally diplomats studied history, law and languages, but current practice is towards multi-disciplinary academic knowledge and diplomats must have basic familiarity with history, law, economics and political science. Diplomats must however have the capacity to acquire specialist knowledge in nearly any subject when needed.

    Most tailor-made programmes focus on Negotiation and Conflict Management programmes and may relate to specific issues such as the transfer of technology, ethnic conflicts, international trade, environmental policy, refugees and human rights or humanitarian and health (HIV Aids) affairs. Some programmes focus on community-building strategies in conflict prone areas. Tailor-made programmes are highly intensive and last between two to seven days, but diplomatic programmes range up to several weeks. Many programmes have two to three working languages included.

    In this programme the focus is on the outcomes and the context will be determined by the particular target group who undertake the training programme. The choice of languages will also be determined by the foreign countries where the learners will eventually be placed. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    Some fundamental and core competencies will enable the learner to gain credits that will be useful in the Sovereignty of the State sector and other related fields that the learner may wish to pursue. The learner could change to another pathway in diplomacy at the same level or at the next level. Learners qualifying with this qualification may articulate with a Masters degree in any field within the Sovereignty of the State sector. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accredited providers should establish or refine moderation procedures and systems in line with the requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Results of assessment should be moderated by one or more external moderators. External moderators should provide reports not only on the fairness and consistency of assessment, but also on the validity of the assessment design in terms of the specified outcomes. 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Anyone assessing a learner against this qualification must have a level 7 qualification or NQF equivalent in their main academic field(s) or expertise and applicable prior or concurrent experience as a Higher Education and Training or further Education and Training practitioner. 

    NOTES 
    This qualification has been replaced by qualification 64329, which is "National Diploma: Diplomacy", Level 7, 240 credits.

    Notes to Assessors:

    The assessment of learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles, such as validity, reliability, fairness.

    It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools which are appropriate to the workplace. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment; formative and summative; portfolios and observations, etc.

    The specific outcomes listed in the relevant unit standards must be assessed against the criteria indicated through observation of performance, e.g. submitting a learner profile to a assessment panel. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

    Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. It cannot be assessed only through seeing the knowledge being applied.

    The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge of the relevant unit standards must be assessed in relation to one another. If a learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcome, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform the specific outcome but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should also not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance (e.g. working in a project team) and in the essential embedded knowledge (collecting, organizing and evaluating information). 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  114589  Manage time productively  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Core  114715  Manage and apply protocols and etiquette in diplomatic context  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  114698  Analyse global economic structures  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  10 
    Core  114693  Analyse international law in diplomatic relations  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  12 
    Core  114704  Analyse South Africa's domestic policies  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  25 
    Core  114714  Analyse South Africas foreign policy  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  20 
    Core  114706  Assess the role of the United Nations and other key World Organizations in diplomatic relations  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Core  114712  Assist SA citizens in criminal justice procedures abroad  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Core  114700  Demonstrate an understanding of diplomacy and the structure of the Department of Foreign Affairs  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Core  114701  Demonstrate economic diplomacy  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  10 
    Core  114703  Explain the policies of the African States and SADC countries  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Core  114711  Manage and direct consular and agency services  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  15 
    Core  114713  Manage the administration of a mission office  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  10 
    Core  114705  Promote South Africa abroad  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  10 
    Core  114695  Protect the confidentiality of mission activities and information  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Core  114699  Review and analyse South African economic structures  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  15 
    Core  114696  Review nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Core  114692  Review xenophobia and racism in diplomatic context  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Fundamental  114702  Demonstrate effective team work in diplomatic practice  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Fundamental  114694  Demonstrate ethical professional conduct in diplomatic service  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Fundamental  12436  Develop and manage government communication campaigns  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Fundamental  12435  Develop Government communication policies, strategies and processes  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Fundamental  114697  Develop negotiation and conflict management skills for diplomatic practice  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7  10 
    Fundamental  12161  Establish, develop and manage media relationships to promote the image of Government  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Fundamental  12437  Establish, develop and manage media relationships to promote the policies of Government  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Fundamental  12163  Manage government communication processes and strategies  Level 7  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L7 
    Elective  10301  Complete a research assignment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  20 
    Elective  7859  Lead and manage teams of people  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  7889  Manage quality in the organisation  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  7881  Manage workplace diversity  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  7880  Prepare, implement, manage and control budgets  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    When qualifications are replaced, some of their learning programmes are moved to being recorded against the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replacement.
     
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    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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