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The Changing Global Order

Leiden University via Coursera


How are international power relations changing and how can global peace and stability be maintained? This course familiarizes you with some main theories of international relations, shows how the global order is gradually changing and discusses how selected international and regional organizations contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security. You learn what research findings tell us in terms of the capacity of international organizations and actors to help prevent or stop violent conflict, what tools are used to negotiate agreements and how foundations for sustainable peace are best created. We will also focus on the role of the European Union in terms of diplomacy and efforts to prevent conflict, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the contribution of organizations such as the African Union to the prevention of conflict and war. We will study the United Nations Security Council and see in which ways its membership could be adapted to more accurately reflect the power relations of the current global order. Through quizzes and exercises testing your knowledge of these subjects, you will understand crucial concepts and get insights into how the academic study of international relations and international organization contributes to the search for global stability and peace in practice.

Taught by

Madeleine Hosli and Andre Gerrits

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  • Zsófia Szarka is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This has the potential to be a really great course, but it left me disappointed and very, VERY frustrated. It's hard to give a simple star rating. The content itself, and the format would deserve 4.5-5. I think it's a great course in this aspect and...
  • RoosWilhelm completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Good and well-structured introduction into thinking about international relations. The material can be somewhat 'dry' but I really liked how different profs and guest speakers hightlighted different angles and I found the reading material and essay writing interesting easy to set myself to (which is an accomplishment in itself :-).
  • Obina Olumba Anayo completed this course.

    The course is an eye opener. Challenging, interesting and educative. I presently understand the present global order and from where it developed to the current stage. I particularly enjoyed the courses about the composition of the UNSC and conflict resolution. Its worth every minute I spent on it.
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    Stefanos Pep
    A MOOC with an excellent content and excellent proffesors and speakers. Gives a spherical knowledge on the role and the structure of the main Intl. Organizations.

    Totally usefull for Geopolitical and Diplomacy interests. Many thanks.
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