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Global Studies: Cultures and Organizations in International Relations

Grenoble School of Management via FutureLearn


Examine whether global cooperation is possible despite cultural differences

We live in a wonderfully diverse world, but with difference often comes conflict. Is global cooperation between humans possible despite their cultural, institutional, and environmental differences? Do ideological confrontations endanger international cooperation?

Find out with this four-week course exploring organisations and cultures across the globe. Evaluate beliefs about the “clash of civilisations” and examine whether our world really is becoming more liberal.

Ce cours peut être entièrement suivi en français. Des traductions françaises sont disponibles, les discussions se déroulant sur un forum francophone.

Découvrir comment et jusqu’à quel point les différences culturelles, institutionnelles, et environnementales peuvent être surmontées pour aboutir à un monde plus collaboratif.

Discover levers and shortfalls in intercultural negotiations

Good negotiation relies on finding a middle ground, but is that possible when cultures are so varied? Our globalised world relies on us finding ways to improve our cross-cultural communication and build bridges.

Discover how we have done this, and where attempts fell short. You’ll consider conflicting ideologies, cultural distinctions, and how modernity and tradition continue to influence these talks.

Review international relations from 1925 to 2025

We live in a different world to 1925 – discover how we have progressed and formed strong international unions since then. You’ll then apply your new knowledge to look at the future, and consider what our challenges will be, and how we may overcome them.

This course will be of particular interest to business and international relations students; professionals working for global businesses; and IGO and NGO experts dealing with intercultural issues.

No experience in Global Studies is required, so this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in global politics and culture who wants to learn more about International Relations, its history, and potential future.

If you’re taking this course as part of the International Relations programme for credit, you’ll be expected to spend 10 hours per week on it. If you’re not taking the course for credit, six hours per week is enough for basic understanding.

This course has been developed by Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM); a leading business school which has achieved international recognition thanks to its expertise in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.


  • A preface to a new world order
    • Universalism and authenticity
    • Modernity and tradition
    • Conflicting ideologies
  • Cultural encounters and cultural conflicts
    • Pretended or true cultural distinctions
    • Going alone or getting along
    • Intercultural negotiations
  • Democratisation and liberalisation
    • Waves of democratisation
    • Waves of deregulation
    • Setbacks: non linear change
  • Living in isolation or opening up
    • Nationalism, anti-colonialism
    • Back to the past: the world in 1925?
    • A step towards the future? The World in 2025


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