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
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
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