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Structures and Issues in Global Politics


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This short course, Structures and Issues in Global Politics, surveys the main structures and processes that comprise contemporary global politics and introduces you to key issue areas. We begin with a quick look at questions of foreign policy, international security and new avenues of conflict, and then continue the course with discussions on the strategies of regional integration and dynamics of global political economy.

We plan to cover issues such as:

  • poverty and development
  • the environment
  • international organisations and global governance
  • how recent shifts in the global power balance shape multilateral cooperation.

Assessment is via a 1500-word book review (40%), 1500-word take-home test (50%) and two seminar logs (10%).

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

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    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 register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.