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The course offers a well-researched and broad-ranging primer to the United Nations system. Consisting of an introduction to the complex UN family and its history, and a series of ‘snapshots’ of key UN functions, which are used to explore important UN themes and help learners develop important analysis, communication, and policy-based skills. The course is aimed broadly at people interested in learning more about the United Nations system, assuming a level of interest but no necessary previous knowledge, whilst also offering offering sufficient up to date research and new critical perspectives that it will also be of interest to people with more expertise or academic familiarity with the topic as well. The main aim of the course is to provide this wide-ranging introduction in a self-contained, but in-depth form, alongside the important practical skills necessary to understand and discuss UN affairs, and potentially lay the groundwork for greater engagement in future – either in civil society or in further study....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction

An overview of the MOOC...
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 3 readings
Video1 video
Reading3 readings
Read me first10m
Course Outline10m
General Readings30m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

The UN Today: what is it?

This week will introduce the idea of the United Nations as a system of more-or-less connected agencies that exist to address a wide range of world problems, and provide an overview of how different parts fit together to constitute the modern United Nations system....
Reading
2 videos (Total 4 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
What is the UN Today?3m
Reading1 reading
The UN Today: what is it?40m

3

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Where did the United Nations come from, and why?

This week will provide an overview of the historical circumstances of the beginning of the UN – what early UN agencies were, what were the influential powers and groups at the early negotiations, and what values the UN was founded on, with comparisons to modern-day approaches....
Reading
2 videos (Total 5 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Where did the UN come from and why?4m
Reading1 reading
Where did the United Nations come from, and why?40m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Power in international politics: how does the UN Security Council work?

This week will use the UN Security Council as a primer to the issue of relative power in international institutions. After examining the structure and operations of the Council, it will encourage students to examine the fundamental issues that determine its existence, including the status of the five permanent members, its ability to carry out its function, and the prospects for reform....
Reading
2 videos (Total 8 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
How does the UN Security Council work?7m
Reading1 reading
How does the UN Security Council work? - Reading40m
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By GPJun 12th 2018

Thank you for offering this course, it has giving me the structural, academic knowledge and motivation beyond my expectations. It was an honor and a privilege.Respectfully,Guillermo Pimentel

By AAJun 28th 2017

It is terrifically impressive course as I am Volunteering in UN since 2014 , I have been looking such kind of Course .\n\nThanks again professors and SUAS team for giving this opportunity

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Dr Dan Plesch, SOAS University of London

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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), SOAS

About University of London

The University of London is a federal University which includes 18 world leading Colleges. Our distance learning programmes were founded in 1858 and have enriched the lives of thousands of students, delivering high quality University of London degrees wherever our students are across the globe. Our alumni include 7 Nobel Prize winners. Today, we are a global leader in distance and flexible study, offering degree programmes to over 50,000 students in over 180 countries. To find out more about studying for one of our degrees where you are, visit www.london.ac.uk...

About SOAS University of London

SOAS is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and offers a truly global perspective. With its vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, SOAS is uniquely placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world. SOAS, founded in 1916, offers world class teaching in Law, Politics, Economics, Finance and Management, Development Studies, Languages and Cultures, History, the Arts and many other areas. ...

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