What is a MOOC?
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course - these are free, open, online courses designed to offer a taste of higher education to learners from across the UK and the world. The University of Birmingham is delivering new MOOCs in partnership with Futurelearn, the UK’s first MOOCs provider established by the Open University.
Delivered by world-class academics from the University of Birmingham, the courses enable learners worldwide to sample high-quality academic content via an interactive web-based platform from a leading global University, increasing access to higher education for a whole new cohort of learners.
The courses have been developed by senior academic staff and their content is quality-assured in line with our other programmes. The courses do not offer credits towards admission to the University of Birmingham.
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.