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You are about to learn powerful, expert-level skills to understand and speak about most problems of international politics like a confident expert even without prior university education in Politics or International Relations.
Trump, Brexit, terrorism... There is so much happening in the world. And whether we like it or not, we are constantly flooded with news headlines, giving us the illusion of understanding what's really happening.
In reality, rather than getting more clarity and understanding, we become more confused. We read a headline, and we don’t have the time to process it, because we are very soon exposed to a new headline, with even more up-to-date piece of information.
Our understanding does not deepen.
Our horizons do not widen.
The focus is on speed rather than nutrition of the information we consume. The headlines have to be short and tell us the key message, because very likely we will not read the rest of the story.
We don’t have the time to do this, because there is yet another headline just a scroll away. So the information presented to us is fragmented. Different pieces are disconnected.
For example, the coverage of world politics focuses too often on individuals and personalities, just to make the story more interesting.
And here is the truth most people don't know about:
"Facts are not the same as knowledge or ability—and on the Internet, they’re not even always facts"
(Foreign Affairs, March/April 2017)
What you mostly get by following the news are the simple facts of what happens, when, and who is involved.
By the end of this course, you will know that there are far more important questions to ask. These include:
Why things happen?
Why political leaders act the way they do?
Why do states continue to act in certain ways even though we know from history that wars never bring any good?
Why wars and conflicts continue to erupt regularly?
Why issues such as Brexit develop in this particular way? Were they inevitable?
What are the connections between different problems?
Over the many years of researching and teaching international politics, I am now convinced that these questions are 100 times more important than the simple ‘what happened and when’ kind of information.
What You Will Get in This Course
Through this course, you will gain access to state-of-the-art, research-informed tuition delivered through highly-engaging and easy-to-follow video lectures and practical exercises, equivalent to one university-level module worth at least £1125 (based on UK university tuition fees).
Inside you will learn:
Specific theories and concepts which will allow you to take most problems of international politics, such as Trump's foreign policy or Brexit, and speak about them confidently with more depth and understanding.
How the so-called 'Levels of Analysis' framework can enable you to fill the gaps left by most news stories you will read on the Internet.
The working basics of the three most fundamental Theories of International Relations, so that you can incorporate the principles of those theories to your arguments, or you can spot when others operate with those theories even without realizing it.
How to skyrocket the impact of your arguments with concepts like: system level, anarchy, balance of power, realism, liberalism, norms and values, social construction, bureaucratic behavior, cognitive biases.
Very specific, word-for-word examples of how you can instantly apply your powerful new knowledge to write and speak about international politics topics which interest you.
How to take what you are about to learn in this course and start using it instantly. To that end, in addition to illustrating each point with examples throughout the course, I have also prepared a number of case studies concerning some of the timeliest and most pressing international problems, including Islamic terrorism, Brexit and Trump’s foreign policy.
The university-level material which any teacher will take as a clear sign of your excellent preparation for the discussion or assessment.
The analytical framework which will automatically take your blog, articles or comments to the next level, demonstrating that you are indeed an expert.
How powerful but at the same time unacknowledged the concept of ‘anarchy’ is. It is truly a ‘silent hero’ of international politics!
How the seemingly boring idea of ‘bureaucracy’ can tell you significant things about how foreign policy develops.