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How are international power relations changing and how can global peace and stability be maintained? This course familiarizes you with some main theories of international relations, shows how the global order is gradually changing and discusses how selected international and regional organizations contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security. You learn what research findings tell us in terms of the capacity of international organizations and actors to help prevent or stop violent conflict, what tools are used to negotiate agreements and how foundations for sustainable peace are best created. We will also focus on the role of the European Union in terms of diplomacy and efforts to prevent conflict, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the contribution of organizations such as the African Union to the prevention of conflict and war. We will study the United Nations Security Council and see in which ways its membership could be adapted to more accurately reflect the power relations of the current global order. Through quizzes and exercises testing your knowledge of these subjects, you will understand crucial concepts and get insights into how the academic study of international relations and international organization contributes to the search for global stability and peace in practice....
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Suggested: 4-7 hours per week

Approx. 17 hours to complete
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Suggested: 4-7 hours per week

Approx. 17 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, French

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Welcome to the course

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about international relations, peace and security. Before you start with studying we invite you to first go through our introduction module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck and we hope you will enjoy the course!...
Reading
1 video (Total 5 min), 6 readings
Reading6 readings
Meet the instructors & the team3m
Welcome to Leiden University2m
Complete our short survey10m
Tips for studying online5m
Being successful in an international virtual learning community5m
Behaving in an academic way5m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Theories of International Relations

In this first week, we will discuss theories of international relations and in addition to this, we will have a first lecture on the United Nations Security Council. Theories may at times seem a bit ‘abstract’, or even ‘dry’, but you will see that they actually do matter; make sure to also have a look at our assigned and recommended readings to provide you with additional insights. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 49 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Introduction the United Nations Security Council (Prof. dr. Van den Herik)8m
Realism12m
Liberalism11m
Constructivism8m
Wrap Up1m
Extra Video: Do Institutions Matter? 3m
Reading4 readings
Waltz: Structural Realism after the Cold Warm
Keohane & Martin: The Promise of Institutionalist Theory40m
Snyder: Bridging the Realist Constructivist Divide: The Case of the Counterrevolution in Soviet Foreign Policy and the End of the Cold War10m
Additional Readingsm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m

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3 hours to complete

The Changing World Order: Rising Powers and International Institutions

This week we will be looking into changing world power in more detail, mainly targeting the question: who are the rising powers? You will get lectures from two of our guest instructors: Professor Rob de Wijk and Professor André Gerrits. Topics covered are power politics, the rise of China and the role of Russia in the current global order....
Reading
6 videos (Total 47 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Power Politics (Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk)12m
Rise of China (Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk)11m
The Role of Russia (Prof. dr. André Gerrits)9m
Russia in International Organizations (Prof. dr. André Gerrits)10m
Wrap Up1m
Reading4 readings
De Jong, Korteweg, Polchar & Usano: New Players, New Game? The Impact of Emerging Economies on Global Governancem
Monaghan: The New Russian Foreign Policy Concept: Evolving Continuity, Russia and Eurasia30m
Jones: Making Multilateralism Work: How the G-20 Can Help the United Nations30m
Additional Readingsm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m

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9 hours to complete

Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Security

This week, we will look at Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Security. We have a number of very interesting lectures as well as some additional interviews with experts in the field. Some of the topics include negotiation and mediation strategies, UN Security Council sanctions, the role of the International Criminal Court, and interviews on the practical implementation of these strategies and mechanisms. Additionally, for those of you completing the honors track, this week we have the peer review essay assignment. In this assignment, you will write about a conflict of your choice and apply the conflict resolution strategies to the conflict. Good luck on the assignment!...
Reading
9 videos (Total 62 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
Resolving Conflict Through Negotiation (Dr. Sinisa Vukovic)7m
Resolving Conflict Through Mediation (Dr. Sinisa Vukovic)7m
Peace Enforcement Mechanisms: UNSC Sanctions (Prof dr. Larissa van den Herik)8m
International Criminal Court (Prof. dr. Larissa van den Herik)7m
Wrap Up1m
Extra Video: Interview Paul Meerts - Negotiation in Practice 10m
Extra Video: Interview Carsten Stahn - International Law 7m
Extra Video: Interview Gideon Shimshon & Ulrich Mans - Peace Informatics Lab 8m
Reading3 readings
Bercovitch & Lee: Mediating International Conflicts: Examining the Effectiveness of Directive Strategies40m
Van den Herik: U.N. Peace-Enforcement Missions and International Criminal Lawm
Additional Readingsm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m

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4 hours to complete

Regional Organizations in Global Affairs

This week, we will look at regional organizations in global affairs in which we first focus on the European Union. Thereafter, Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith will familiarize us with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Arctic Council. We will also present an additional interview with Prof. dr. Mohamed Salih about the African Union and an interview with Hetty Burgman about Cordaid. Lastly, also a guest lecture at Leiden University by Federica Mogherini, the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, is released. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 98 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
The Development and Integration of the EU Over Time10m
EU's Foreign Policy10m
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith)11m
Arctic Council (Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith)9m
Wrap Up1m
Extra Video: Interview Mohamed Salih - African Union 11m
Extra video: Regionalism in Latin America - Joren Selleslaghs8m
Extra Video: Interview with Hetty Burgman - Cordaid 9m
Extra Video: Guest Lecture by Federica Mogherini at Leiden University24m
Reading3 readings
Vanhoonacker & Pomorska: The European External Action Service and Agenda-Setting in European Foreign Policym
Frost: The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Russia’s Strategic Goals in Central Asiam
Additional Readingsm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m
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Top Reviews

By SSApr 22nd 2017

Undoubtedly one of the best courses. Loved it. The additional readings were really very useful and the lecture content was manageable and interesting. A must try!

By GCSep 29th 2017

I have come to find such a wonderful course! The combination of Prestigious teacher and involving lectures brought an excellent learning environment!

Instructor

Madeleine Hosli

Prof. Dr.
Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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