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Introduction to Global Politics

Global politics is a complex arena in which a vast number of participants, including nation-states, multinational corporations and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations pursue often conflicting agendas. Our Introduction to Global Politics short course provides you with an overview of global politics by looking at both its historical development and the relevant contemporary issue areas in the light of various analytical approaches to international relations. Among the main topics covered are the origins of the state system, the dynamics of international security, international law and organisations, processes and consequences of economic globalisation, and the changing architecture of global governance.

This course is currently being run online.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 11-Jan-21 6pm-7.30pm

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