International Relations Courses

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International Relations is a field of study that explores the connection between politics, economics and law on a global level. It is an interdisciplinary field with strong ties to humanities, political science and social science. The International Relations courses below are available to audit for free. You may choose to opt-in for a verified certificate for an extra fee. Financial aid is available for everyone who qualifies.

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International Relations deal with the relations between nation-states across boundaries. These relations may be concerned with global governance, intercultural relations, ethnic identities, environment amongst others. The courses mentioned below would appeal to students pursuing business, international business, political science, law, international law, or even practitioners in government sectors or roles involved in cross-cultural communications.

Understanding International Relations Theory

This online course on International Relations is ideal for anyone with an interest in International Relations or for anyone who wishes to better understand the political problems in the present-day world. The course is being offered by the National Research University Higher School of Economics and can be completed in approximately 24 hours. The course begins with the introduction of several International Relations theories and also covers the subject of liberalism. Students will understand how IR evolved from being a part of political philosophy to political science which will lay the foundation while understanding IR further.

International Law

This online course is a part of the International Law MicroMasters Program by UCLouvain. The course mainly aims at helping students learn International Law with respect to states and individuals. The course can be completed in approximately 12 weeks. During this period, students will learn what International Law is, its importance and applications in today’s globalized world. Students will understand who makes the law, how it is applied, and what happens when there is a breach. They will also understand how one can seek justice in the world.

Global Studies: Risks and Threats in International Relations

This course has been accredited by the European Foundation for Management and is being offered to students by the University of Grenoble Alpes & Institut Universitaire de France. The course can be completed in 4 weeks and is ideal for students pursuing Business and International Business courses and also professionals who need information about the evolution of world affairs. Students will understand the basics of IR along with theories, history as well as economics. They will explore political, international, and regional risks and evaluate the probability and emergency attached to each risk and threat. Several other topics that will be covered included intercultural communication, revolution and civil strife, security issues and disarmament.

The Changing Global Order

This intermediate online course in International Relations is being offered by Universiteit Leiden and can be completed in approximately 30 hours. In this course, students will understand how peace and stability are being maintained while global order is gradually changing. Students will learn how international organizations contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security while also studying these organizations and their functions in further detail. Some of these organizations that will be covered in the course are the EU, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the African Union, and the UN Security Council.

Politics and Economics of International Energy

This online course is ideal for students with a prime focus on international relations or students with a background energy science or engineering. The course is being offered by Sciences Po and can be completed in approximately 28 hours. In this course, students will be introduced to different sources of energy, consumption, transition, alternate sources and poverty. Students will understand the various available scenarios for development in the future decades and EU energy policy.

Global Studies: Cultures and Organizations in International Relations

This course is ideal for students pursuing a degree in business or international business as well as professionals who work in global businesses, IGOs and NGO experts and negotiators or anyone who might be a part of intercultural experiences. The course has been accredited by EFMD and is being offered by Grenoble Ecole de Management. In 4 weeks, students will have a better understanding of international studies and will be able to compare the different ways in which international institutions and national states address the division of World Politics. Some topics that will be covered include conflicting ideologies, intercultural negotiations, nationalism, anti-colonialism and democratism.

International Migrations: A Global Issue

This beginner’s course mainly aims to improve the understanding of the subject. The course is being offered by Sciences Po and can be completed in 21 hours over 3 weeks. The videos in this course are in French but the text, as well as subtitles, are in English. The course will explain the topic of international migrations clearly while addressing the key issues and discussing the current trends. Students will learn about the globalization of migration, refugees and environmentally displaced persons, citizenship and migration as well as the right to mobility and global governance.

From International Relations to Global Politics

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand international affairs better to analyze the major international events, to understand the role of international players in those events and to be able to participate in the global political game. The course is being offered by LUISS Guido Carli and requires 4 hours of learning each week. In this course, students will learn the theories of realism, liberalism, marxism, and constructivism post which they will learn about international political economy, foreign policy analysis and security study. This will help students clear their doubts about globalization and understand the institutional framework of global governance along with the current reality of global politics.

Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World

This online course has a direct heritage in the University of London International Academy/ SOAS Global Diplomacy MA Program which was launched in 2013 and has attracted hundreds of students since. The course can be completed in approximately 18 hours. In this course, students will gain a critical understanding of nature and the development of global diplomacy while also understanding the changing diplomatic practices and their effect on contemporary politics. Students will understand the theories and approaches in diplomacy along with the knowledge issues in global diplomacy in the past as well as the present.

Global Diplomacy – the United Nations in the World

The course is meant for anyone interested in learning more about the United Nations and does not require any previous knowledge for the same. The course is being offered by the University of London and SOAS University of London and can be completed in approximately 18 hours. The course will help students understand in-depth the complex UN and its family, its history as well as its functions which will help in understanding the themes better. Students will also learn about the UN Security Council which will help them understand the fundamental issues that determine its existence.

International Women’s Health and Human Rights

This course views women’s rights as human rights and urges everyone interested to apply for the course. The course is being offered by Stanford and can be completed in approximately 64 hours. The course focuses on human rights and women’s health right from infancy, adolescence to old age. Some of the topics that will be covered in the course include reproductive health, female genital mutilation, violence against women, women’s quest to escape poverty, sex work and sex trafficking.

Moral Foundations of Politics

This course is meant for anyone with an interest in politics or wants to understand the current global political scenario better. The course is being offered by Yale University and can be completed in approximately 44 hours. The course will help students understand when citizens must be loyal to their government and when it is appropriate to go against it. Students will understand what makes the government legitimate as they also look at Utilitarianism, Marxism. They will also be introduced to the nature of and justifications for democratic politics and their relations to Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment political thinking.

International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practise

In this online course, students will learn in-depth about International Humanitarian Law, the different types of conflict, and how to mitigate human suffering on the battlefield. The course is being offered by Universiteit Leiden and Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum and can be completed in approximately 19 hours. Students will learn how military operations should be conducted and the principles that need to be applied at the battlefield. In the last module, students will learn about the enforcement of IHL and how war victims can seek justice as well as compensation whenever violations against IHL have been committed.

Geopolitics of Europe

This course will help students understand the EU and its functions, issues as well as interactions with the rest of the world. The course is being offered by Sciences Po and can be completed in approximately 20 hours. In this course, while learning about the functions of the EU, students will understand who sets the EU boundaries, its impact on the world, and the major challenges for Europeans by 2050. Students will understand the importance of the EU for the rest of the world as well as how it is perceived by the rest of the world.

Human Rights and International Criminal Law: An Introduction

This online course is meant for students in international law, international relations and professionals, human rights activists, and NGO officers who want to learn about this topic. The course is being offered by the University of Padova and can be completed in 4 weeks. Students will learn about the principles governing human rights and their influence on international criminal law. They will learn about government initiatives in prioritizing human rights in the fights against international crimes. Some topics that will be covered include IHL and ICL courts, prosecutions, children’s rights, and the common grounds between IHL and CHL.

Human Rights: Global and Local Protection

This course is centered around human rights and will equip students with the knowledge of the norms, institutions, and procedures in place to promote and protect human rights. The course is being offered by the University of Padova and requires 4 hours of learning per week. Students will learn about the UN and Human rights, human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts, promotion, and protection at the national and sub-national levels. Post completion of the course students will be able to apply the learnings to real-life scenarios as well as their everyday life.

The European Union in Global Governance

This course is meant for anyone interested in learning more about the EU as a key element in the European as well as International law and International Relations. The course is being offered by the European University Institute and can be completed in 7 weeks. To get the most out of this course, students are advised to know about EU politics, its institutions, International law, and policy or European law. Students will learn about the main challenges that the EU and its states are faced with, how the EU is equipped to tackle these problems, and how they directly affect us. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the EU’s role as an international actor in International Relations as well as global politics.

Global Studies: The Future of Globalization

This course is ideal for anyone interested in international studies. The course is being offered by Grenoble Ecole de Management and can be completed in approximately 2 weeks. It this course, students will understand the reason why some governments prefer to remain as sovereign bodies. Students will be able to evaluate the balance of power between isolationists, federalists, local communities and cosmopolitans. They will be able to understand current international politics better while exploring major concepts in political science and international studies. Some topics that will be covered in the course include, regionalization and Europeanization, democratic fatigue, xenophobia and cosmopolitanism.

MicroMasters Program in International Law

This is a specialization program with 4 graduate-level courses. The program is being offered by UCLouvain and is spread over one year with 5-9 hours of learning per week. Each of the courses in the program can be taken individually or as a whole package. Students will be able to understand the legal rules that are in play in different fields of international relations which will in turn help them make sound legal arguments in terms of international law.

Globalization: Past and Future

This course is ideal for students pursuing international development or relations, economics, sustainable development, and practitioners in the field of policy, government relations, international trade and related fields. The course is being offered by SDGAcademy and can be completed in approximately 4 weeks. In this course, students will learn about the six waves of globalization and the factors that drove innovation, technology dispersal, and development during those times. Students will also look at the emerging leaders during these times as well as global governance for sustainable development.

Global Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

This course will urge students to look at organizations in the global setting rather than just focusing on financial returns. The course is being offered by Macquarie University and can be completed in approximately 19 hours. In this course, students will understand in-depth what sustainability means and how it has developed over the decades. Students will also understand the importance of sustainability in terms of business and how it can be employed into businesses through ethics, CSR and green capitalism.

What is International Development?

This course will be of interest to anyone interested in diversity across the world or anyone working in or studying international development. The course is being offered by the University of East Anglia and can be completed in 5 weeks. In this course, students will understand how international development has been conceptualized, imagined and communicated. Students will also learn how development is measured, different meanings and perceptions of development as well as how developing countries and development are represented.

Global Health and Disability

This online course is being offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and International Centre for Evidence in Disability and can be completed in 3 weeks. The course will help students understand global disability, disability rights, and the relevance of disability to the global development agenda. In this course, students will understand how disability, health, and well being are related, the challenges related to health and well being amongst people with disabilities and why people with disabilities have difficulty in accessing health services.

International Politics in the Korean Peninsula

This course on international relations and politics is being offered by Seoul National University and can be completed in 4 weeks. In this course, students will understand the genesis, expansion, and challenges of the Chinese World Order in China and East Asia. The course has been divided into three parts in which the expansion, genesis and projections will be discussed. Students will also learn how Korea came to be integrated into the Chinese World Order and started considering itself as its heir and center.

Communicating and Negotiating in a Dynamic Global World

The learnings from this course can be applied to intercultural communication, international business setting as well as to one’s personal life. The course is being offered by Arizona State University and can be completed in approximately 8 weeks. In this course, students will be equipped to handle negotiations skillfully in global settings, resolve conflicts, and make decisions in cross-cultural boundaries. Students will understand the effect of cultural differences on managerial communications as well as the effect of personal and cultural baggage on cognitive, affective, and cross-cultural behavioral processes.

The language of instruction for all these courses is English unless mentioned otherwise. All of the courses can be audited for free but to earn a certificate a fee may be required. For some of these courses, financial aid may also be available.