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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Global Diplomacy: the United Nations in the World by University of London

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About the Course

The course offers a well-researched and broad-ranging primer to the United Nations system. Consisting of an introduction to the complex UN family and its history, and a series of ‘snapshots’ of key UN functions, which are used to explore important UN themes and help learners develop important analysis, communication, and policy-based skills. The course is aimed broadly at people interested in learning more about the United Nations system, assuming a level of interest but no necessary previous knowledge, whilst also offering offering sufficient up to date research and new critical perspectives that it will also be of interest to people with more expertise or academic familiarity with the topic as well. The main aim of the course is to provide this wide-ranging introduction in a self-contained, but in-depth form, alongside the important practical skills necessary to understand and discuss UN affairs, and potentially lay the groundwork for greater engagement in future – either in civil society or in further study....

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Jul 29, 2020

Really enjoyed the course. Some of the recommended reading was no longer accessible and the material was not up to date to 2020. However, it gave a good introduction to the UN and the issues involved.

Aug 20, 2020

Very useful course with valuable inputs. Thank you very much for your efforts and making it available for free. Highly recommend to those who study global diplomacy, UN system and human rights.

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By Jonathan G

Feb 4, 2018

Interesting course. However, the assignments were tedious and redundant. Might I suggest having one assignment at the end of the course. Also don't make a seventh module when it is optional! This court was a lot of work and exhausting.

By Jennifer S

Jun 1, 2020

I enjoyed this course however it is out of date; some links to videos/articles no longer exist and news articles are from 2015. Would be great if it was updated to reflect the world today.

By Eva B

Feb 11, 2018

though an interesting course, I believe the course content could be improved to answer in a more relevant way the issues raised. Still worth taking it but do not expect too much.

By Ananya A

May 31, 2020

Some of the reading material provided is outdated and not available to access on the websites, especially in Week 6

By P V B P V B

Aug 8, 2020

More content could be given as part of videos. More detailed explanation of the working of UN could have been made

By Lopamudra G

Apr 27, 2021

Coursera has opened up my viewpoint that has enabled me to see a completely new view of the United Nations.

By Ma. P F L

Jun 30, 2020

Would appreciate it if there are more videos not just readings


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By Nabangsu C

Apr 23, 2020

I think the course needs to update both the videos and reading materials. Since, the videos and the reading materials are somewhat lacks depths. The course should be more informative and resourceful.

By Christie R

Jun 4, 2020

Many broken links, where videos and articles assigned could not be accessed.

By Gonzalo C M

Nov 3, 2020

Very generic, short videos of conversations in which the speakers describe the UN in the most basic way. In addition, each week there are a high number of required readings. Instead, the people who organize the course should focus on providing a more complete overview of the UN, its main bodies and functions. The whole course seems like an introduction, like it belongs to week 1 of a far more interesting course. Unfortunately, this is not that course.

By Yadira E S

May 27, 2020