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International Affairs: Globalisation

Explore the pressing topic of globalisation and how it affects economics, politics and society with this online course.

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

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

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International Affairs: Globalisation

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Explore globalisation and its impact on society past, present and future.

Understanding globalisation – a topic that dominates political and economic discourse worldwide – is important for anyone who cares about our planet’s future and wants to help shape it. This online course introduces economic globalisation, and its impact on society past and present.

We’ll explore globalisation’s historical impact on humanity and the world’s economic geography; the broad-brush economics that explain how and why globalisation affects our lives; and how changes in globalisation require new approaches to economic and social policy.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsWelcome to this Future Learn course on globalisation. In this course, we're going to tackle some of the really big questions about this world we live in, focusing on globalisation. But let's start with some small questions. Who am I and what is this course? I'm a professor of international economics here at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. For 30 years, I've been reading, writing, and researching matters of economic integration. In addition to my academic work, I've long been involved in policy, an interests that really got started after I worked in the White House of President George Bush Sr. Since then, I've been regularly involved with policy matters in governments all around the world. So let me tell you about the course itself.

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds Over the next few weeks, we are going to cover a shorter, less demanding version of a course that I teach here to interdisciplinary master students at the Graduate Institute. The course is based on a book I recently published with Harvard University Press.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 secondsIt's called The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization. Many of the readings will be extracted from that book. The course is organised around four really big questions. The first is, what is globalisation and why is it so controversial? The second question is, has globalisation always been as it is today? The third is, why is globalisation's impact so different across nations and across groups within nations? Finally, we get to future of globalisation. What will it be like and how should we prepare for it?

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • how changes in globalisation require new approaches to economic and social policy.
  • how and why globalisation affects economies, workers, and the international distribution of economic dominance.
  • a firm understanding of globalisation’s historical impact on humanity and the world’s economic geography.

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed primarily at people interested in world events and global trends. You could be a social science or business student, or a decision maker in the public or private sector. No prior experience or qualifications are required.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Baldwin

Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva; President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London; and Editor of the policy portal VoxEU.org

Who developed the course?

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • 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)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

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

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose take to a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

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

  • 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.