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Politics and International security deal with various activities linked with governance, and taken by states and international organizations, like the United Nations, to guarantee mutual survival and safety of everyone globally. The courses span across many disciplines, from governance to international relations, law, agriculture, computer, health etc.

International Cyber Conflicts

International Cyber Conflicts is a Computer Security and Networks course offered by the State University of New York. No prerequisite is required, however knowledge of cyber security, as it relates to International Law would be beneficial. The course is taught in English via online videos, readings, and assignments over a period of 7 hours. Cyber conflicts often span across borders, thus international. The participants will be introduced to cyber threats, the issues and types; different players; efforts to address them; and learn to apply theories in analysis of different international problems related to cyber security. Skills to be gained are in Cybersecurity; Cybercrime; Cyberwarfare; and Internet Protocol (IP) Suite.

Introduction to International Criminal Law

Introduction to International Criminal Law is a Law course offered by the Case Western Reserve University. Instructions are given in English for approximately 12 hours. Subtitles are available in English, Arabic and Spanish. If there’s something history has taught us, it’s that International Criminal Law is the aspect most related to world Peace and security. Taught via online videos, readings, debates, and role-play exercises, this course will delve fully into international criminal law and policy. Different international crimes eg., terrorism, genocide, war crimes, piracy, crime against humanity, and torture, will be thoroughly explored. Also looked into, are special modes of liability, and defences; pre-trial issues; getting custody of the accused, and finally, maintaining control of the courtroom. Skills are gained in Prosecution; Criminal Justice; International Law; and Law.

The Global Financial Crisis

The Global Financial Crisis is an Economics course offered by the Yale University. The course is taught in English, with subtitles in both English and Romanian, for 24 hours spread over 4 weeks. The experts will dwell on global financial crisis from the standpoint of the most recent one, covering the causes, events, policy responses and its aftermath. Syllabus will cover a quick introduction, then move on to housing and mortgages, safe assets and global saving gluts, and finally, to the topic of housing crisis. Skills will be gained in Crisis; Global Financial Crisis; Financial Markets; and Financial Crisis.

International Migrations: A Global Issue

International migrations: A Global Issue is a Governance and Society course offered by the Sciences Po, in France. This beginner MOOC lasts approximately 21 hours spread across 7 weeks. The texts are in English, while videos are in French with English subtitles. This course taught via online videos, quizzes and readings including maps, scientific papers and news articles, focuses on migration and related topics. It’s designed to improve knowledge on the globalization of migration, while raising key questions for international relations, as well as challenges of international migration, and the future therein.

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice 

Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice is a Governance and Society course offered by the Universiteit Leiden. Instructions are given in English, with video subtitles in English, Ukrainian and French, for about 23 hours spread over 4 weeks. Over time, the topic of Terrorism is one we are quite familiar with, whether it’s making local news or getting international coverage. This beginner level course divided into 3 parts, is designed to answer the most pertinent questions on terrorism. Part 1 covers the essence of terrorism; part 2 covers studies done on terrorism to help counter it; and part 3 covers the roles of policy making with all the knowledge out there. Finally, the last module addresses the foreign fighter phenomenon.

Understanding International Relations Theory

Understanding International Relations Theory is a Governance and Society course offered by the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Taught in English, this course offers an introduction of key assumptions of the international relations theory from the view point of social science, as well as a tool of analysis ( historical approach + modern) dwelling on the issues of war and peace, as well as foreign policy decision-making. Also explored, are modern ideas and debates of contemporary political issues. Syllabus covers the science and classical tradition, moving on to origins of liberalism, world wars and scientific theories they birthed, and also offers a realist answer to the challenges the cold war brought about.

Economics of Money and Banking 

Economics of Money and Banking is an Economics course offered by the Columbia University. Utilizing videos, readings and quizzes, all in English, this course lasts for approximately 29 hours. Over some decades now, the monetary system has undergone a remarkable evolution. The recent global financial crisis has also showed the loopholes in theories and analytics of the system. This course is designed to look into the global crisis, and update some traditions used, in a bid to begin a process of new economic thinking. This course teaches banking as a clearing system.

Security & Safety Challenges in a Globalized World

Security & Safety Challenges in a Globalized World is a Governance and Society course offered by the Universiteit Leiden. This beginner-level course which uses online videos, readings, quizzes, is set to discuss the issues surrounding security and safety. Taught in English for about 11 hours, this course combines a multidisciplinary approach – terrorism studies, crisis management, medical science- and case studies to explore and answer the relevant questions posed by security and safety in a complex world, across all levels (local, national, regional and international).

International Law In Action: Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes

International Law In Action: Investigating and Prosecuting International Crimes is course 2 of this series offered by the Universiteit Leiden. The international criminal justice system.is the main theme of this course. Participants will be let in on the Hague International criminal courts and tribunals. Focus will be on justice institutions and procedures, trying perpetrators, as well as the future for the system. It’d be of particular benefit if the international criminal cases, like the Lubanga case, the ICC’s first ever trial, and the legal legacy of UN international criminal tribunals, are cases of interest. The course is taught in English for about 17 hours in 4 weeks, and skills will be gained in Justice; Criminal Justice; International Law; and Law.

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism is a History course offered by Stanford University. The introductory course is taught in English for 5 weeks with 1 – 5 hours weekly effort. All that’s needed is curiousity, as well as a passion for knowledge. The threat of nuclear terrorism is the theme, and participants will learn about terrorists and what they want; the varying issues of nuclear weapons and materials; Improvised nuclear materials and implications of such a detonation; steps already taken to either reduce chances of a nuclear event, or see us through with limited adverse effects should one occur. Participants should be ready for an active learning experience.

Global Politics

Global Politics is a Social Sciences course offered by the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. Global issues today are so complex that a multidisciplinary approach is required to explore them. This course draws from anthropology, sociology, economics, history, and psychology to answer these key questions. It explores the steady movement towards a planetary approach to World politics. Instructions are given in English for 6 weeks, with 4 – 6 hours weekly effort. Participants will learn the links between nature and politics; importance of universal organisations compared to local power structures; as well as explore achieving a sustainable future via a complex equilibrium.

Global Media, War, and Technology

Global Media, War, and Technology is a Humanities course offered by The University of Queensland. This 7-week introductory course taught in English only requires about 2 – 4 hours weekly effort. It’s taught via lecture videos, questionnaires, and discussion fora, as well as practical elements via crowdsourcing, individual research, critical viewing, media and image analysis, and surveys. The course explores the intersection of global media, war and technology; history and evolution of media impacts on wars and other conflicts; and needed skills to consume critical media. Also explored is the the growing collaboration between militaries, and film studios or gaming sector. Media use by non-state millitary actors will also be looked into.

Digital Security and Human Rights

Digital Security and Human Rights is a Social Sciences course offered by Amnesty Intetnational. The course Is taught for 3 weeks, with 1 – 2 hours weekly effort. Participants should be ready for active learning, as well as a challenge in this course. The focus is on threats in the digital world, as well as ways to improve one’s online security. There are no prerequisites for this course which looks into the relationship between digital security and human rights; steps needed to defend privacy rights; and also mechanisms involved in mass surveillance. It’s expected that you gain knowledge enough to move on and advocate for rights in the digital world.

Fighting for Equality: 1950–2018

Fighting for Equality: 1950–2018 is a History course which forms part of the Women Have Always Worked series offered by the Columbia University. It requires an effort of 2 – 3 hours weekly, for 10 weeks. The intermediate-level course is recommended for people with an undergraduate level interest in history, labor and gender. The start of this course is centred on the Cold war and it’s reinforcement of the ideals of a nuclear family, and it’s impact on independence and equality for women, and it ends with the growth of the Me Too movement, and the new era of women in politics ushered in by the 2018 midterm elections. Generally the focus is on women and the roles they’ve played in activism.

Contemporary Issues in World Politics

Contemporary Issues in World Politics is part of the Introduction to Political Science series offered by the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Logo. Taught in English via online videos, readings and quizzes, this course lasts for 7 weeks with about 4 – 6 hours weekly. Participants will be provided with knowledge of world politics, its core challenges and trends, as well as a way to critically reflect on these issues with the aim of providing solutions. The breakdown and resultant transformation following the second world war is of great importance to this course. Frozen conflicts like that of the Arab-Isreali, will also be looked into.

Sustainable Development: The Post-Capitalist Order 

Sustainable Development: The Post-Capitalist Order is an Economics & Finance course offered by the SDG Academy. Instructions are given in English for 2 – 5 hours weekly, for 8 weeks. The course is specially designed for policy professionals, development practictioners, and advanced undergraduates and graduate students with interest in ideas related to SDGs. Participants will learn the benefits as well as short comings of global economies, both past and present; objectives of sustainable development, and challenges being faced. A range of topics will be covered, including financing, gender equality, economics, international trade and education.

Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment

Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment is a Nature & Environment course which forms part of the Environmental Challenges program offered by the University of Leeds. The course is taught in English for 2 weeks, with about 5 hours per week. No prerequisite is needed for this course which dwells on the impact of war and conflict on the people and environment. It’s also designed to help you learn different techniques for conflict resolution and negotiation, by exploring three aspects of conflict and resource scarcity.

What is International Development?

What is International Development? is a Politics & Society course offered by the University of East Anglia. Taught in English via online videos, quizzes and readings, this course explores international development; its ideas, debates and concepts, using Nairobi in Kenya as a focal point. It lasts for 5 weeks with a weekly effort of 2 hours, and will be very beneficial to those interested in International development. This course will help you understand the various indicators of development, population growth, migration, urbanisation, and environmental issues like waste and pollution. Also looked into, are the impacts of international development on individuals living in different areas of the world.

Global Health, Conflict and Violence

Global Health, Conflict and Violence is a Politics & Society course offered by the University of Bergen. This course specially designed for global health professionals as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in healthcare professions (medicine, nursing, allied and public health) and global health and development studies, is for 4 weeks, with about 3 hours weekly effort. This course is to explore the roles of healthcare professionals in carrying out peace practices, and preventing violence, as well as that of medical peace work; discuss these concepts as they relate to healthcare; and examine effects of working in conflict zones on global health, and responses provided.

Climate Resilience and Adaptation for Rural Roads

Climate Resilience and Adaptation for Rural Roads is a Politics & Society course offered by the University of Birmingham. Instructions are given in English 3 hours weekly, for 3 weeks. Rural road practitioners and researchers in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as practitioners involved in Low Volume Rural Roads (LVRR), and postgraduate Engineering students studying rural road development in emerging and developing countries, will find this course of most benefit. The effect of climate change is seen all over including on rural roads. This course is set to explore ways by which these effects can be managed, and implications of planning, designing and building roads in such a way that they can withstand changing weather patterns.

The Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politicians 

The Politics of Economics and the Economics of Politicians is a Politics & Society course offered by the University of Nottingham. Economics experts lead in an investigation into links between economics and politicians, in this English-taught course which lasts 3 hours weekly for 3 weeks. Learn impacts of economics on politicians, and vice versa. Also study contemporary economics, as well as political leaders throughout history who put economic theories into practice. No previous knowledge or expertise is required, just an interest in economics and politics, or for those studying them at pre-unuversity or undergraduate level.

Incarceration: Are prisons a suitable punishment?

Incarceration: Are prisons a suitable punishment? Is a Politics & Society course offered by the University of Leeds. This 4-hour weekly course which runs for two weeks is taught in English and focuses on exploration of prison life in the UK, specifically England and Wales.. Does incarceration reduce crime? Does rehabilitation prevent reoffending? What are the debates that exist within the criminal justice system? These questions and others would be answered in this course.  Using case studies, and via experiences of ex-prisoners, participants will look into challenges faced by the prison system such as overcrowding and drug usage, and suggest alternative methods of punishment and rehabilitation, as well as their ethical implications. Professionals such as social workers, probation officers, and anyone that supports prisoners, will find this course helpful.

Human Rights and International Criminal Law: An Introduction 

Human Rights and International Criminal Law: An Introduction is a Politics & Society course offered by the University of Padova. Lasting for 4 weeks, with about 6-hour weekly Instructions given in English, this course dwells on the link between human rights law and international criminal law, paying attention to their similarities and differences. Masters students in international law and international relations, professionals, human rights activists and NGO officers will most benefit from this course. Participants will learn the key principles of human rights and their influence on international criminal law; also look into the extent at which human rights have been prioritized by individuals and government in the fight against international crime. Attention is paid to women and children’s rights in cases of organized violence.

Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Intercultural Contact

Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Intercultural Contact is a Politics & Society course offered by the University of Leeds for 2 weeks, with 5 hours weekly. This English-taught course is particularly beneficial if you have an interest in migration for work/study, or if your work involves interactions with people from different cultures to yours. It has been discovered that the principles of intercultural contact usually pose a challenge in the way people think of social interaction. Using videos and articles, participants would explore effects of these interactions from historical and global viewpoints. Models will also be used to explain ways of adapting to a new culture.

Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policymaking 

Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policymaking is a Politics & Society course offered by the British Council. A weekly study of 2 hours, for 4 weeks is all it takes to complete this English-taught introductory course. This course is aimed at people who see themselves as future leaders in the field of policymaking. They’ll be able to create a policy action plan by learning about policymaking and leadership, and building skills and confidence. Topics will cover converting your passion into policy; then onto policymaking, it’s evidence and tactics; creating a policy action plan; and achieving long-term impact from it.

The courses described above are free to audit, however a small fee is required to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.