Cooperation in the Contemporary World: Unlocking International Politics

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  • 3 Sequences
  • Introductive Level
  • Starts on August 9, 2015
  • Ends on August 12, 2015

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Syllabus

As world leaders seek to find a solution to crises in Syria and Ukraine; economists try to reinvigorate stalling global financial markets; and a range of actors gather to find a consensus on climate change, there has never been a better time to understand the puzzle of cooperation. Achieving cooperation on such issues is the defining concern of international politics in the 21st century. This free online course will introduce you to the range of political strategies that have been employed to meet these challenges. Understand the diverse forms of cooperation in international politics today From institutions that bring together partners in meaningful and lasting agreements, to more fragile and limited attempts to open dialogue between adversaries, we will offer you an insight into the diverse forms of cooperation that make up international politics today. We will also explore a number of the major theoretical approaches, which can help us make sense of the opportunities for and limitations of cooperation in an increasingly globalised and interdependent world. Learn according to your interests and available time The course offers you the opportunity to learn according to your interests and available time. We’ve split each week into activities, which can be completed together or individually. We will explore cooperation through six case study puzzles (each lead by an expert from within the University of Birmingham), which reflect the issues and concerns that dominate current international agendas. Optional Pre-course Materials - Underpinning Theory - Professor Nicholas J Wheeler provides an insight into theory that underpins the study of cooperation in international politics. View pre-course materials Week 1 - Cooperation between Partners - NATO (Professor Mark Webber) - The European Union (Dr Graham Timmins) Week 2 - Cooperation between Diverse Actors - Climate Change (Dr Fiona Nunan and Dr Sevasti-Eleni Vezirgiannidou) - Peace Building (Professor Paul Jackson) Week 3 - Cooperation between Enemies - The Cold War (Professor Nicholas J Wheeler) - Sino-Japanese Security (Dr Julie Gilson) So whichever parts you choose, you will experience a practical, interactive and personal encounter with the politics of cooperation in the contemporary world. Learn from the insights of leading researchers and practitioners This course draws on the insights of leading researchers and practitioners from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS); Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS); and International Development Department (IDD) within the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham. See why cooperation is so important and relevant by following us on Twitter.

Prerequisite

None.

Instructors

  • Scott Lucas

Platform

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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