An intensive summer programme perfect for adult students looking to further their knowledge of politics, international relations, governance and other related disciplines.
This one-week programme is residential in a college of the University of Oxford, and can be combined with Part 1 in this series, The Creation of Modern Nation States, to form a longer immersion in these fascinating subjects.Apply Now
The aim of this course is to extend students’ knowledge and understanding of global politics and international relations and equip students with the fundamental skills required to engage in its study.
There will be extensive discussion, debate and critical analysis regarding the main challenges facing experts, academics and professionals in the international arena of politics and international relations. The course will commence by exploring a wide range of authoritarian regimes and explain how authoritarian leaders have been able to consolidate power in an enduring way, perhaps beyond expectations. It will analyse how authoritarian regimes can survive but also be brought down and discuss the factors, origins and theories that lead to greater democratisation, as well as how less democratic or even undemocratic countries can flourish economically.
The course will critically examine the relationship between economic development and inequality and democratisation and assess why these factors do not support authoritarianism. The question ‘What kinds of economic development can foster democracy?’ will be debated as will the realities of realising the ‘democratic dream’. How can particular states overcome their problems and move to democracy? This will be contrasted with the challenges posed by hybrid regimes and terrorist groups which will involve an analysis of the key perspectives on terrorism along with a consideration of the question ‘How should the threat of terrorism be countered?’.
The final component of the course concerns a critical analysis of key concepts in international trade and monetary systems with reference to specific countries around the world and debate whether protectionism is justifiable or completely unjustifiable. It will explore different definitions and causes of poverty between the developed and developing world, looking at the successes and failures of different systems.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Authoritarian rule and endurance|
|Seminar 1: Economic Theories of democratisation|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Historical, cultural and international factors in democratisation|
|Seminar 2: Hybrid regimes|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: Terrorism|
|Seminar 3: Counterterrorism|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: International trade and Monetary systems|
|Seminar 4: Poverty and international development|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Politics and IR final debate on a contemporary issue|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
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