date_range Starts on April 13, 2015
event_note End date April 19, 2015
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assignment Level : Introductive
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What causes armed conflict in the world today? Examine current thinking on this critical question with this free online course.

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This free online course will introduce you to current thinking on the causes of armed conflict in the world today. It looks at a range of modern and historical conflicts and draws on a variety of theories and approaches. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in world affairs. Over six weeks you will: Define what war is and what it is not Familiarise yourself with both Liberal and Realist theories of international relations Explore arguments about the causes of inter-state and non-state wars (such as insurgencies and revolutions), both historical and current Use evidence to evaluate different theories of war The course will help you develop your capacity for independent learning and increase your understanding of conflict and international affairs. You will learn with Dr David Easter, academic lead for War Studies Online, Department of War Studies, King’s College London. The course features lecturers from the Department including Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, official historian of the Falklands War, and foreign policy advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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Futurelearn

FutureLearn is a massive open online course (MOOC) learning platform founded in December 2012.

It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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