University of London
Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World
University of London

Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World

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There are 7 modules in this course

An overview of the MOOC

What's included

1 video3 readings

This week will introduce the idea of the United Nations as a system of more-or-less connected agencies that exist to address a wide range of world problems, and provide an overview of how different parts fit together to constitute the modern United Nations system.

What's included

2 videos1 reading1 peer review

This week will provide an overview of the historical circumstances of the beginning of the UN – what early UN agencies were, what were the influential powers and groups at the early negotiations, and what values the UN was founded on, with comparisons to modern-day approaches.

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2 videos1 reading1 peer review

This week will use the UN Security Council as a primer to the issue of relative power in international institutions. After examining the structure and operations of the Council, it will encourage students to examine the fundamental issues that determine its existence, including the status of the five permanent members, its ability to carry out its function, and the prospects for reform.

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2 videos1 reading1 peer review

This week will address the question of human rights at the UN, introducing the basic documents and declarations that underpin much UN activity. It will introduce the wide range of UN declarations on this topic, how they came about, and then examine potential criticisms of modern UN conceptions of human rights- highlighting revolutionary work on the origins and practice of human rights from our research groups. The non-Western origins of sex equality in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of HR changed the understanding of women’s rights to one where they are created by women from the South. In parallel, the war crimes narrative focused on the Nazi leadership is transformed by understanding that there was a UN body including China and India that resulted in convictions of thousands of Nazis and Japanese war criminals. This work features in an HBO Documentary, a Ted Talk on the UN women issue and Netflix and Amazon/Ch4 documentaries featuring the war crimes research.

What's included

2 videos1 reading1 peer review

This week will introduce the family of UN agencies involved in humanitarian work, and begin to unpack their relationships with each other and role in responding to conflict.

What's included

2 videos1 reading1 peer review

In this week, students will have a chance to review and draw together what they have learned over the previous weeks, and develop analysis skills when assessing how different priorities. This exercise will also introduce the issue of practicality and organisational politics to it, giving students an opportunity to consider how the issues they have examined might be affected by the process of implementation.

What's included

2 videos1 reading1 peer review


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Dr Dan Plesch, SOAS University of London
University of London
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