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International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics, Short Course

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University rank #501 (WUR) Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
The International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics course offered at The Open University UK asks the key questions about contemporary international relations.
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We live at a time of historic change in the international system. The rise of China and other large developing countries is challenging the long dominance of the west. Political upheaval and the growing role of networks are reshaping the world. Economic, social and technological changes are altering the context for international relations.

The International Relations: Continuity and Change in Global Politics course offered at The Open University UK teaches key ideas such as sovereignty and security; develops your ability to analyse and respond to some of the central problems of our day; and to understand longer trends of continuity and change in global politics.

You will learn

As well as developing your ability to analyse key problems in international relations, the module enables you to develop a set of valuable practical and transferable skills. These include critical thinking; working independently and in collaboration with fellow students; critical problem solving; communicating your ideas effectively in a number of ways (essay writing, reports and projects); ICT and numerical skills; and synthesising and applying knowledge. You will also learn how to manage your time effectively and be able to organise and complete a programme of work to a specified standard. You will also develop your ability to reflect on your own learning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The module includes:

  • Cooperation or conflict? Introducing international relations
  • Flat or uneven? Change and transformation in the international system
  • Just or unjust? Intervention and equality in the international system
  • Top-down or bottom-up? Governance in the international system
  • Secure or insecure? Pursuing security in the international system
  • Continuity or change in global politics

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from previous studies at OU levels 1 and 2 with the OU. They are only intended for students with recent experience of higher education in a related subject.
  • Prior social science study will be an advantage but is not essential. Our OU level 2 modules International development: making sense of a changing world (TD223) and Understanding politics: ideas and institutions in the modern world (DD211) would be ideal preparation.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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