i prefer to write the title down here to be hidden :Title :a reflective diaryMy Course is master in diplomacy .please review all the attached documents before you bid!!!!Students should submit a reflective diary
of 2,400 words. This diary should
address between six events experienced during a
fieldtrip which means each event should be 350 words . divided into paragraphs, conclusion 300 words.
The format of this diary submission should
be similar to the learning journal. Each of these individual events/days should be written up: (a)
assessing what was learnt; i will attach you the information i have learnt , you have to paraphrase and not use the exact same words please ! make it efficient and more academic (b) identifying this learning’s relevance to the
student’s course? give good answer based on relevance to my course i mentioned above.; (c) reflecting upon links to the academic literature; ( citing academics discussed or mentioned this matter)and (d)
considering the immediate and longer term benefit of this learning.?
advice on how students could go about writing a reflective diary, and how best
to structure this assessment follows in this handbook – in the What is a learning journal? What is a
reflective diary? find it attached for yourself.* Harvard style of referencing .Journal/Reflective Diary
This journal will reflect on six seminars and workshops hosted by international security
1. DR GAVIN EVANS – External Service of The EU
Gavin Evans an expert on Ukraine spoke to us at the European Commission in Brussels, he is
responsible for the commission’s efforts towards reform in Ukraine, he is able to give us
different perspectives of the situation which include a perspective of the EU and a perspective
from the perpetrator that is Russia as he was a part of the EU’s foreign delegation to Russian
federation in Moscow. He mainly focuses on three main challenges that the EU is being faced
with in the Ukraine crisis namely; challenges from within Ukraine itself as it a divided nation
as of now and its people are divided in between the young reformers and the old oligarchs
who refuse to let go of the power that was held by them under the former regime which was
accused of being too friendly with Kremlin. The second challenge comes from within the EU
where the member states are divided on their stance against Ukraine as on one hand, there are
the Baltic states that were a part of the former Soviet Union and have difficult history with
Russia and one one hand there are the Mediterranean states that have good trade relations and
are a hub for tourists from Russia, situations like Ukraine bring out the weakness in the EU as
the conflict of interests can delay in coming to a collective consensus. The third challenge
comes from Russia as they are threatened by the actions of the EU in their own backyard and
to combat this they are ready to use military force and in fact have done so in Crimea and
2. Mr Ludo Tegenbosch – Ext Speaker’s team – European Commission
The Talk by Mr Ludo held during our visit to European Commission in Brussels helped us
understand the hierarchy of the EU. We were introduced to different actors within the Union
such as the decision making triangle; the European Commission, European Parliament and the
Council of Ministers and two other vital organs of the EU namely; The Court of Justice which
was responsible for upholding the European law and the Court of Auditors that looked into
vital financial activities of the EU. The other organs included the advisory bodies viz.
European economic and social committee and the committee of regions. We were taken down
a brief history lane of the EU since its inception as the in 1952 as The European steel and coal
community and as we see it today. It was an extremely educational experience for me as I
understood the inner working of the EU and how decisions are reached upon and the manner
in which laws are conceptualized. The decision making process involves each and every
member state which was quite commendable as Multilateral organizations in the past have
been accused of being partial and for the benefit of the more powerful states. He explained to
us the procedure of how responsibilities are shared in between all member states equally
which gives all members and equal opportunity to have a say in the working of the EU and its
bodies. Mr Ludo explained the top priorities of the EU as of now which include boasting jobs
for the citizens, connecting the single market digitally, focussing on climate change and
playing a strong role globally.
4.European Commission – Maria Del Rosario
The talk about governance in Africa was given by Ms Maria Del Rosario who explained to us
the importance of helping in establishing good governance in Africa and creating effective
institutions that are free of corruption. Africa is one of the most impoverished continents and
is riddled with severe issues such as human rights abuses, gender inequality, poverty to name
a few. Ms Rosario explained to us the steps EU has taken toward dealing with these problems
and providing aid while accompanying the governments in setting up effective institutions
and establishing a judicial system that is free of corruption while also promoting democracy.
EU as a global actor and addressing issues outside of Europe. She explained to us the
importance of how the EU uses a reward policy rather than sanctions as it seems more
effective however in cases where LGBT rights are undermined the EU has also taken a
tougher stance and cut of aid such as in the case of Uganda as it goes against what the EU
stands for. The main area of the EU is to strengthen, exchange information, finance
establishments that benefit public services and improve health services and education services
in African states and to enable African governments to fight against poverty through policies
which are made by the governments themselves with help from EU experts .
3.Fort de Schoenenbourg – Maginot Line
We visited a Maginot line fort built by the French as an impregnable barrier after the first
world war to prevent an invasion by Germany. Fort de Schoenenbourg lay on the Alsace
border with Germany and was one among the Maginot line forts that formed the first line of
defense. The fort contained cutting edge living conditions for the garrisoned soldiers which
included internal heating sophisticated powerful weapons and communication centers, railway
lines, a power plant, a filtration process that filtered all the air that entered the fort and filtered
any poisonous gases in the event of a chemical attacks and sophisticated powerful weapons.
Fort de Schoenenbourg was heavily fortified with a few soldiers that were stationed there to
stall the enemy which gave the French army time to mobilize in the event of any assault. (
please add more information with referencing to sources and feel free to cut it most of it
not referenced I don’t want to face plagiarism , because no one explained to us anything
. again paraphrase this and find good information about this fort what happened about
it and the fight with Germans.
5. European Parliament – MEP Nina Gill
We met the MEP Nina Gill in Strasbourg at the European Parliament. She is one of
seven MEP’S representing West Midlands in the European Parliament. She gave us a
brief overview of the workings of the parliament and an insight into her work
particularly. She spoke to us about the the challenges that are facing Europe and how
the MEP’S from 28 states work together to handle them presenting a united front for
Europe. Her emphasis was also on the fact that a collective Europe is stronger and
good for the economy and as quoted by Bill Clinton “It’s all about the Economy”
especially her region of West midlands as Coventry and Birmingham are known to be
manufacturing hubs and the finished goods from these places are then exported to
member states which is only become easier after the establishment of the single
She explained to us the importance of Britain being a part of the union as there is no denying
the fact that it is bound together with the rest of Europe geographically and the prior to 1975
the economy of Britain was in shambles and being a part of the EU only helped the pound
grow stronger, and provided a bigger market for the employment of its people and vice versa.
Another important accomplishment of the EU has been its ability to uphold peace and
prosperity in the region that has been the past faced two major wars. realised the importance
of EU and the role it plays in creating a fair playfield across all its member states stabilising
the economy and creating a relatively stable standard of living for all member states while
tackling issues such as climate change and human rights issues and finding definite solutions
to address these problems.
6) this is the voice note please write down what u have learnt from it ???
What is a reflective diary?
A learning journal or a reflective diary is a collection of notes, observations, thoughts and other
relevant materials built‐up over a period of time and maybe a result of a period of study, a
fieldtrip, or placement experience. Its purpose is to enhance your learning through the process of
writing and thinking about your learning experiences. Your learning journal or reflective diary is
personal to you and will reflect your personality, preferences and experiences.
Why use a learning journal/reflective diary?
To provide a “live” picture of your growing understanding of a subject experience
To demonstrate how your learning is developing
To keep a record of your thoughts and ideas throughout your experiences
To help you identify your strengths, areas for improvement and preferences in learning
Learning journals and reflective diaries help you to be reflective about your learning. This
means that your journal or diary should not be a purely descriptive account of what you heard, or
what you have done, but an opportunity to communicate your thinking process: assessing how
what you have learnt fits into your wider course and your overall thinking about international
What is reflective learning?
Reflective learning is a learned process that requires time and practice. It is an active process:
involving thinking through the issues yourself, asking questions and seeking out relevant
information to aid your understanding.
Reflective learning works best when you think about what you are doing before, during and after
your learning experience. Reflective learning is therefore not only about recognizing something
new, it is also about see reality in a new way.
Reflection is an important skill to develop and requires you to think about how you are
personally relating to what is happening in the workshop, fieldtrip or placement.
Content of your learning journal
A learning journal should focus on your personal responses, reactions and reflections to new
ideas or new ways of thinking about a subject that you have been introduced through asking
questions such as:
What do I think about this issue/topic/experience?
Has this event reinforced or challenged my assumptions, understanding, perceptions and
Was anything associated with this event confusing or difficult to understand?
What more do I need to know about this issue to help my understanding?
Should I refine my ideas and beliefs as a consequence of attending this event?
How should I identify, locate and interpret relevant information and resources to learn
more about this issue?
How can I use this experience to improve my learning and thinking and working?
And, in the specific case of M40ISS, how does this event relate to what I have learnt
elsewhere on my course? How does if confirm/contradict my current understanding of
What should you write about in your journal and diary?
You could break this reflection down into:
a. What you have leant
b. This learning’s relation to your overall course
c. What links are there to the academic literature
d. The immediate and potential longer term impact of this learning
Questions you could ask yourself:
a. What have I learnt?
What have I learnt in this session?
Was this learning new knowledge, or reinforcing knowledge I already had, or a
combination of both?
What was the most important thing I leant from this session?
b. This learning’s relation to your overall course
How does the content of this session relate to what I have learnt on other modules or my
What did this session tell me about international security praxis?
What contribution does this speaker make to international security?
What is the link between practitioners and academics in the field of international
c. What links are there to the academic literature?
What links are there to the academic literature?
Did the contents of this session relate to material I have read in journals and books?
Were any academic theories or concepts specifically mentioned, or relevant to what was
d. Your immediate reflections on this learning, and the potential longer term impact
What you think about issues discussed at the learning event?
Did you have any of inspiration/realisation?
Did it confirm and/or challenge your preconceptions?
What you find puzzling, difficult or contradictory?
How can you reach a better understanding?
What do you need to know more about, and how can you go about finding out more?
What resources have helped you to understand and/or been interesting to use?
How do you feel about the way you have approached the subject/topic so far?
What new knowledge, skills or understanding have you gained during the process of
writing your journal?
Have you changed your opinions or values during the process/experience?
How can you improve your learning, thinking and working in the future?
Do you need to research more in this area?
Have you identified the next step for your development?
How should I write/structure my journal/diary?
You should reflect upon each speaker session/fieldtrip event/day on placement individually,
posing the questions in (a) to (d) above. These ongoing notes will form the journal/diary itself,
and provide the foundation of the assessment. This journal should be kept for future reference,
and tutors may ask to see these rough notes.
The actual submission will be writing up these field notes to create a more formal presentation
(i.e. using full sentences and correct grammar).
The number of individual events that need to be written up are:
The speaker session learning journal – the writing up of six selected sessions
The fieldtrip diary – the writing up of between six or nine discreet events
The placement diary – the writing up of nine individual days experience
These reflections, for the submitted assessment, must use the (a) to (d) four point structure
above. There is no need to write a collective introduction or conclusion for these assessments.
Your diary/journal should take the form of a series of reflections addressing each individual
event – preferably written up from your notes soon after the event itself.
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