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Global Studies: Cultures and Organizations in International Relations

Explore whether cultural, institutional and environmental differences can be overcome to create a more cooperative world.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

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Global Studies: Cultures and Organizations in International Relations

Examine whether global cooperation is possible despite cultural difference

We live in a wonderfully diverse world, but with difference often comes conflict. Is global cooperation between humans possible despite their cultural, institutional, and environmental differences? Do ideological confrontations endanger international cooperation?

Find out with this course exploring organizations and cultures across the globe. Evaluate beliefs about the “clash of civilisations” and examine whether our world really is becoming more liberal.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsAs different as we are, can we collaborate? With conflicting memories, can we build a world government? When talking about global order what immediately comes to mind are our past failures to make such a world possible, like the League of Nations, two and even three world wars, or failed states by the dozen and the current limit to electoral integrity. There are countless obstacles on the road to peace and prosperity. In the past, taking refuge in cultural values and identities was easier than interacting with foreigners. But living in isolation is not the only barrier to sound globalisation. Norms that once promoted free markets and elections as well as human rights are increasingly contested. Progress is no longer consensual.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 seconds Science has lost its appeal, and universal ethics is replaced by local rules of morality. Alternatives to the left/right divide of the West have become popular in the rest of the world. Confucianism and Islamism are back in the global South. Even in the global North the Republican creed, born during the revolutions of the 18th century, is now contested. Agreements between dozens of powers used to be commonplace. But today, with almost 200 countries, agreements seem unattainable. There are many more stakeholders beyond government, international organisations. While within each nation, minorities weaken its negotiating power. There are good news too. People are attached to world institutions. Inequality and injustice are increasingly criticised. Domination, oligarchy, hegemony are no longer accepted.

Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds Rising states endorse the existing rules, like international law or diplomatic protocols. Organisations expand. They address unsolved issues and enduring conflicts. Their networks are stronger. Their legitimacy is less doubted. But the dilemma persists in other guises. We can promote integration of our cultures and regimes into a global compound, or draw a demarcation line with strangers, foreign powers, and multilateral institutions. In this course, you will find fruitful thought about this dilemma and possibly solve it, at least for yourself.

What topics will you cover?

  • Universalism and authenticity
  • Modernity and tradition
  • Conflicting ideologies
  • Pretended or true cultural distinctions
  • Going alone or getting along
  • Intercultural negotiations
  • Waves of democratisation
  • Waves of deregulation
  • Setbacks: non linear change
  • Nationalism, anti-colonialism
  • Back to the past: the world in 1925
  • A step towards the future: the World in 2025

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Improve your knowledge in international studies (including history, theories of international relations and international economics.)
  • Compare the way international institutions and national states address the fragmentation of World politics and policies (with the help of intercultural and organizational studies).
  • Reflect upon economic, demographic, geographic, and anthropological data.

Who is the course for?

This course will be of particular interest to business and international relations students, professionals who work in global businesses, IGOs and NGOs experts and negotiators who are or may be confronted to intercultural experiences.

However it doesn’t require any previous experience and anyone with an interest in global politics and culture can take part.

Who will you learn with?

Yves Schemeil

Pr. of political science, University of Grenoble Alpes & Institut Universitaire de France (Global & Comparative Politics); visiting scholar, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne & Grenoble Ecole de Management

Who developed the course?

For the past 30 years, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) has established itself in France and abroad as a leading business school through expertise in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Who is this accredited by?

European Foundation for Management Development: The European Foundation for Management Development is Europe’s largest network association in the field of management development.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

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When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Ensure you have mastered the material
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Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

Course highlights Get a taste of this course before you join:

  • Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789
    What is truly universal?
    article

    Can human beings agree on a universally accepted definition of our shared values? In this article, Prof. Schemeil explores human values and duties.