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Politics & the Modern World Courses

Dig deeper into the issues making the news - from new technology and social media to the energy crisis, inequality and the threat of new conflicts - with our online political science and international relations courses.

Oval miniature of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, wearing white powdered wig, under glass, with metal mount nailed to a shaped piece of mother-of-pearl
The University of Edinburgh
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
Explore the story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the Jacobites using iconic objects from National Museums Scotland.
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Introduction to the UK Parliament
Learn about the UK Parliament with this free online course - explore the work of Parliament and find out how it’s evolving.
case: bomb at a hospitaL
University of Bergen
Medical Peace Work
Learn about the vital role healthcare plays in violence prevention and peace-building both globally and locally
Economic Globalisation has impacts on our society
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
International Affairs: Globalisation
Explore the pressing topic of globalisation and how it affects economics, politics and society with this online course.
Bullet riddled Red Cross ambulance
UNSW Canberra
Military Ethics
We explore the ethical responsibilities that weigh on military professionals, who are ‘managers of violence’.
Asian woman, philosophy of technology
University of Twente
Philosophy of Technology and Design
Learn about the impact of technology on society. Explore the philosophy of technology and mediation theory, focused on design.
Men in hazmat suits and self-contained breathing apparatus
UNSW Sydney
Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Public Health Dimensions
An introduction to public health and wider responses to high-risk biological agent events, epidemics and bioterrorism.
Disaster relief parcel
Deakin University
Introduction to Humanitarian Aid
Discover the history of humanitarian aid and the principles and values that underpin it.
Our animated court scene
University of York
From Crime to Punishment
What is crime? How does criminal justice work in England and Wales? Find out more by following a case through the system.
Eggs in a nest with one golden egg
The Open University
Challenging Wealth and Income Inequality
Explore the concerns about rising generational and economic inequality in developed countries, with this free online course.
A collage of four images; a woman in a rice paddy field, a child being inoculated, two men smiling and shaking hands, and a woman smiling and listening to music on a set of headphones.
Trinity College Dublin
Achieving Sustainable Development
Explore the challenges of sustainable development. See the impact of UN Sustainable Development Goals on real people.
papercuts
The University of Edinburgh
Social Wellbeing
Find out how measuring and promoting wellbeing can make people, organisations and society more focused, considerate and effective.
An eclectic mix of architectural styles in the City Centre of Birmingham, UK.
European University Institute (EUI)
Cultural Heritage and the City
Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage.
Global Systems Science: a crowd of people interacting
UNESCO UNITWIN Complex Systems Digital Campus
Global Systems Science and Policy
Learn how Global Systems Science can inform and model the impact of social, economic, political and environmental policy making.
A crowd of protesters
University of Groningen
Religion and Conflict
Understand and analyse the role of religion in conflicts and peacebuilding in present-day societies, with this free online course.
A group of young people in India wearing face masks with social media logos on.
UCL (University College London)
Why We Post
Discover the varying uses of social media around the world and its consequences for politics, relationships and everyday life.
UEA (University of East Anglia)
Environmental Justice
Understand how climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation affect people, exploring justice in environment management.
A heavily pregnant woman holds her stomach, which is painted with a map of the world
The Open University
The Lottery of Birth
Birth is a lottery. Where, when and to whom you are born and the society into which you are born will influence your life chances.
Quilt with distinct colour and abstract patterns
European University Institute (EUI)
Cultures and Identities in Europe
What does it mean to be European? Discover European cultures, identities and policies with this course.
Flags representing nation-states
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
International Affairs: Global Governance
Learn the importance of global governance and explore the processes and institutions finding solutions for global challenges.
Football on grass
The University of Edinburgh
Football
Explore the role of football in the world today - including finances, clubs, nations and rivalries - with this free online course.
The University of Sheffield
Making Sense of Data in the Media
Learn how to make sense of social statistics and economic data with this introductory course on quantitative social science.
The next generation
Griffith University
Exploring Economics: Will the Next Generation Be Worse Off?
Will the next generation be better or worse off than their parents? Look at both sides of the debate and decide for yourself.
A drawn image of people walking across a globe
European University Institute (EUI)
Why Do People Migrate? Facts
Get an introduction to one of the most misunderstood issues in the modern world: migration.
Houses of Parliament
UK Parliament Explored: Petitions
This course looks at how petitions to the UK Parliament work and explores their role in raising awareness and instigating change.
Millicent Fawcett, President of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, addressing a crowd in Hyde Park in 1913. The banner behinds Mrs Fawcett reads ‘Law-Abiding Suffragists’.
Royal Holloway, University of London
Beyond the Ballot
Explore the campaign for women’s right to vote and its impact on women’s rights and equality to the present day.
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