Cooperation in the Contemporary World

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Cooperation in the Contemporary World – a short introduction

There has never been a more timely opportunity to better understand why cooperation is so important in international politics.

Achieving cooperation in international politics is complex and there are a myriad of different approaches for partners and enemies alike to consider. We are all affected by decisions made by politicians and yet we often don’t understand the diversity and complexity involved in how to cooperate.  From attempts to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change to concerted efforts designed to foster peace in post-conflict societies, this course reflects the challenges and possibilities for cooperation in the 21st century. 

Cooperation in the Contemporary World will explore the puzzle of cooperation and will introduce you to the diversity and complexity of all its forms. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of practical case studies, each led by a different leading expert and designed to enable you to consider what approaches can be used to make sense of these issues, as well as some of the political strategies that were used to meet them.

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Details

Course knowledge requirements

This course is aimed at anyone interested in developing their understanding of contemporary international politics. It will be of particular interest to those considering studying politics, international development or related fields including conflict, cooperation or international relations and security. Whilst no prior knowledge is required, we actively encourage the participation of individuals with practical experience within NGOs, the armed forces, aid/donor agencies, government agencies, policy making and think tanks.

This course draws on the insights of leading researchers from the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS); Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS); and International Development Department (IDD) within the School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham and so will also provide an insight for anyone interested in further study.

Course Duration and Week by Week content

Start Date: Monday 12 May 2014
Duration: 3 weeks
Workload: 3 hours per week

  • Week 1 - Cooperation between Partners
  • Week 2 - Cooperation between Diverse Actors
  • Week 3 - Cooperation between Enemies

Meet your team of experts

We have gathered together a team of experts to explore 'Cooperation in the Contemporary World' with you. They include:

Lead Academic

Subject Leads

How to apply

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Contact

For any queries about this course or any technical issues you may experience with signing up to the course please email: feedback@futurelearn.com

Related links:

School of Government and Society

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

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Discover related undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses on offer from the School of Government and Society.