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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome to the course

Great that you are joining us! In this course you will learn about international relations, peace and security. Before you start with studying we invite you to first go through our introduction module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Helpdesk. Good luck and we hope you will enjoy the course!...
1 video (Total 5 min), 5 readings
5 readings
Meet the instructors & the team3m
Welcome to Leiden University2m
Complete our short survey10m
Community Guidelines & Academic Toolkit10m
Tips for studying online5m
3 hours to complete

Theories of International Relations

In this first week, we will discuss theories of international relations and in addition to this, we will have a first lecture on the United Nations Security Council. Theories may at times seem a bit ‘abstract’, or even ‘dry’, but you will see that they actually do matter; make sure to also have a look at our assigned and recommended readings to provide you with additional insights. ...
7 videos (Total 49 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Introduction the United Nations Security Council (Prof. dr. Van den Herik)8m
Realism12m
Liberalism11m
Constructivism8m
Wrap Up1m
Extra Video: Do Institutions Matter? 3m
4 readings
Waltz: Structural Realism after the Cold Wars
Keohane & Martin: The Promise of Institutionalist Theory40m
Snyder: Bridging the Realist Constructivist Divide: The Case of the Counterrevolution in Soviet Foreign Policy and the End of the Cold War10m
Additional Readings
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

The Changing World Order: Rising Powers and International Institutions

This week we will be looking into changing world power in more detail, mainly targeting the question: who are the rising powers? You will get lectures from two of our guest instructors: Professor Rob de Wijk and Professor André Gerrits. Topics covered are power politics, the rise of China and the role of Russia in the current global order....
6 videos (Total 47 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Power Politics (Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk)12m
Rise of China (Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk)11m
The Role of Russia (Prof. dr. André Gerrits)9m
Russia in International Organizations (Prof. dr. André Gerrits)10m
Wrap Up1m
4 readings
De Jong, Korteweg, Polchar & Usano: New Players, New Game? The Impact of Emerging Economies on Global Governances
Monaghan: The New Russian Foreign Policy Concept: Evolving Continuity, Russia and Eurasia30m
Jones: Making Multilateralism Work: How the G-20 Can Help the United Nations30m
Additional Readings
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m
Week
3
9 hours to complete

Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Security

This week, we will look at Conflict, Conflict Resolution and Security. We have a number of very interesting lectures as well as some additional interviews with experts in the field. Some of the topics include negotiation and mediation strategies, UN Security Council sanctions, the role of the International Criminal Court, and interviews on the practical implementation of these strategies and mechanisms. Additionally, for those of you completing the honors track, this week we have the peer review essay assignment. In this assignment, you will write about a conflict of your choice and apply the conflict resolution strategies to the conflict. Good luck on the assignment!...
9 videos (Total 62 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Resolving Conflict Through Negotiation (Dr. Sinisa Vukovic)7m
Resolving Conflict Through Mediation (Dr. Sinisa Vukovic)7m
Peace Enforcement Mechanisms: UNSC Sanctions (Prof dr. Larissa van den Herik)8m
International Criminal Court (Prof. dr. Larissa van den Herik)7m
Wrap Up1m
Extra Video: Interview Paul Meerts - Negotiation in Practice 10m
Extra Video: Interview Carsten Stahn - International Law 7m
Extra Video: Interview Gideon Shimshon & Ulrich Mans - Peace Informatics Lab 8m
3 readings
Bercovitch & Lee: Mediating International Conflicts: Examining the Effectiveness of Directive Strategies40m
Van den Herik: U.N. Peace-Enforcement Missions and International Criminal Laws
Additional Readings
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Regional Organizations in Global Affairs

This week, we will look at regional organizations in global affairs in which we first focus on the European Union. Thereafter, Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith will familiarize us with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Arctic Council. We will also present an additional interview with Prof. dr. Mohamed Salih about the African Union and an interview with Hetty Burgman about Cordaid. Lastly, also a guest lecture at Leiden University by Federica Mogherini, the current High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, is released. ...
10 videos (Total 98 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
The Development and Integration of the EU Over Time10m
EU's Foreign Policy10m
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith)11m
Arctic Council (Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith)9m
Wrap Up1m
Extra Video: Interview Mohamed Salih - African Union 11m
Extra video: Regionalism in Latin America - Joren Selleslaghs8m
Extra Video: Interview with Hetty Burgman - Cordaid 9m
Extra Video: Guest Lecture by Federica Mogherini at Leiden University24m
3 readings
Vanhoonacker & Pomorska: The European External Action Service and Agenda-Setting in European Foreign Policys
Frost: The Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and Russia’s Strategic Goals in Central Asias
Additional Readings
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m
Week
5
4 hours to complete

NATO in a Changing World

The topic addressed this week is NATO in a Changing World. There are two lectures by Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk. The first examines coercion and the second elucidates the new role of NATO in the international arena. Furthermore, there are also interesting interviews with several former Secretary Generals of NATO, including Jamie Shea, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, and Rasmussen....
7 videos (Total 65 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Coercion (Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk)11m
The New Role of NATO (prof. dr. Rob de Wijk)9m
Wrap Up1m
Extra Video: Interview Jamie Shea - Deputy Secretary General NATO 15m
Extra Video: Recording of the lecture of Secretary General of NATO Rasmussen 16m
Extra Video: Interview Jaap de Hoop Scheffer - Former Secretary General NATO 10m
4 readings
De Wijk: The Instruments of Coercion30m
De Wijk: The Strategies of Coercion50m
Kesselring: NATO - Towards a New Strategic Concepts
Additional Readings
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge20m
Week
6
5 hours to complete

Reforming the UNSC: Strategies and Proposals

This week, we will focus on the United Nations Security Council and Reform Proposals. The topics addressed are the history of the UNSC, its current structure, and how it can best be reformed. Additionally, there are two extra videos by Abiodun Williams and Edwin Bakker....
8 videos (Total 54 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
The History of the UNSC10m
The Current Composition of the UNSC6m
Reforming the UNSC: Part I9m
Reforming the UNSC: Part II8m
Wrap Up47s
Extra Video: Interview with Abiodun Williams - The Hague Institute for Global Justice 8m
Extra Video: Interview with Edwin Bakker - Cooperation in the Field of Counterterrorism 7m
5 readings
Laub: The UN Security Council, Council on Foreign Relations.45m
Dörfler & Hosli: Reforming the United Nations Security Council: Proposals, Strategies and Preferencess
Additional Readings
Complete our short survey10m
Assignment Instructions10m
2 practice exercises
Test your knowledge20m
Final Exam20m
Week
7
10 minutes to complete

Handing in the UNSC Reform Groups Proposals

Please note that during week 7, there are no lectures and assigned readings. The purpose of the week is for the students participating in the UN Security Council reform group assignment to hand in their proposals. The deadline is on Wednesday of this week at 13:00 CET. If you were unable to participate in the group assignment but would like to in the future, in 6 weeks the assignment will be available again!...
1 reading
1 reading
Handing in the assignment10m
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By MPNov 29th 2018

Great course, I really enjoyed it! I've learned everything I didn't know i needed to know before the start of my post-graduate degree in International Relations! Would definitely recommend it!

By SSApr 22nd 2017

Undoubtedly one of the best courses. Loved it. The additional readings were really very useful and the lecture content was manageable and interesting. A must try!

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Madeleine Hosli

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Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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