The course will provide a critical understanding of key developments and issues in contemporary world politics for students with no prior background in international relations. Focusing on the period since the end of the Cold War, an era defined by rapid institutional innovation and development, as well as a number of emergent global issues, problems and policy dilemmas, the course locates these in the context of north-south relations. Treating the international system as a dynamic whole, it examines how issues that have become central in international politics including ‘failed states’, nuclear proliferation, armed conflict and terrorism, democratisation, pandemics and the Arab Spring are intimately linked to expanding efforts since the mid-20th century to generate a liberal world order.
For more information, please see the course handbook: International Relations in the 21st Century online handbook (pdf; 125kb)
"I can’t tell you how much of a thrill it was to be able to attend SOAS while working full-time in another time zone. It’s something I never thought I would be able to do. The bright spot in the pandemic for me. Will always be grateful." - Vonnie (International Relations in the 21st Century, 2020)
"The course was excellent. The professor's engagement made the course a wonderful learning experience for everyone." (International Relations in the 21st Century, 2020)
What will I learn?
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Apply international relations theory to explain key developments and events in contemporary world politics
- Demonstrate critical knowledge of contemporary global policy frameworks, such as globalization, neoliberalism and the Global War on Terror
- Demonstrate critical knowledge of key institutional and organizational developments in world politics since the end of the Cold War
For further information on credits, entry requirements and fees, please visit our Online Learning webpage.
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Start of programme: 20 July – 31 July 2020
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age. Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- 2 weeks
Tuition Fees 2021