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Our understanding does not deepen.
Our horizons do not widen.
The focus is on speed rather than nutrition of the information we consume. The headlines have to be short and tell us the key message because very likely we will not read the rest of the story.
We don’t have the time to do this because there is yet another headline just a scroll away. So the information presented to us is fragmented. Different pieces are disconnected.
For example, the coverage of world politics focuses too often on individuals and personalities, just to make the story more interesting.
And here is the truth most people don’t know about:
Facts are not the same as knowledge or ability—and on the Internet, they’re not even always factsForeign Affairs, March/April 2017
What you mostly get by following the news are the simple facts of what happens, when, and who is involved.By the end of this course, you will know that there are far more important questions to ask. These include:
- Why do things happen?
- Why political leaders act the way they do?
- Why do states continue to act in certain ways even though we know from history that wars never bring any good?
- Why do wars and conflicts continue to erupt regularly?
- Why issues such as Brexit develop in this particular way?
- Were they inevitable?
- What are the connections between different problems?
Over the many years of researching and teaching international politics, I am now convinced that these questions are 100 times more important than the simple ‘what happened and when’ kind of information.
Inside you will learn:
- Specific theories and concepts which will allow you to take most problems of international politics, such as Trump’s foreign policy or Brexit, and speak about them confidently with more depth and understanding.
- How the so-called ‘Levels of Analysis’ framework can enable you to fill the gaps left by most news stories you will read on the Internet.
- The working basics of the three most fundamental Theories of International Relations, so that you can incorporate the principles of those theories to your arguments, or you can spot when others operate with those theories even without realizing it.
- How to skyrocket the impact of your arguments with concepts like: system level, anarchy, the balance of power, realism, liberalism, norms and values, social construction, bureaucratic behavior, cognitive biases.
- Very specific, word-for-word examples of how you can instantly apply your powerful new knowledge to write and speak about international politics topics which interest you.
- How to take what you are about to learn in this course and start using it instantly. To that end, in addition to illustrating each point with examples throughout the course, I have also prepared a number of case studies concerning some of the timeliest and most pressing international problems, including Islamic terrorism, Brexit and Trump’s foreign policy.
- The university-level material which any teacher will take as a clear sign of your excellent preparation for the discussion or assessment.
- The analytical framework which will automatically take your blog, articles or comments to the next level, demonstrating that you are indeed an expert.
- How powerful but at the same time unacknowledged the concept of ‘anarchy’ is. It is truly a ‘silent hero’ of international politics!
- How the seemingly boring idea of ‘bureaucracy’ can tell you significant things about how foreign policy develops.
- How people think and act differently when working in groups, and what disastrous consequences this may have for foreign policy decisions.
- The biases we all share, including Simplification Bias, Consistency Bias and Poor Estimation Bias, which can fundamentally impact foreign policy and international politics.
- An ability to recognize the missing bits from the media coverage of international politics and to explain what is missing to other people.
- What books to read thanks to my Recommended Reading List, so that you can keep educating yourself with the right literature and really take your skills to the next level.
New Content Added Regularly
This is a live course, in a sense that I will be adding new video lessons, exercises and case studies regularly.
I will be adding new video lessons because new and exciting research on international politics is produced every day. I know what it is because it’s both my work and my passion to know it.
Having a lifetime access to this course will allow you to stay up to date so that you can regularly learn new skills and further deepen your understanding.
I will also be adding new case studies so that the course covers most of the hot-button issues of the day. Seeing how I apply the framework explained in this course will give you more confidence to do it yourself.
I invite you to send me a message if you have any questions about the content of this course.
This is the first course of this kind and I am committed to making it as useful for you as possible. So please feel free to get in touch with suggestions on how I can improve this course.
After successfully completing the entire course, you will be able to receive a Certificate of Completion, specifying the content of the course.
Explore The Detailed Curriculum For This Course HERE
This course could normally cost £1100. Why? That’s how much a single 20 credit module can cost at a UK university. It can be a bit cheaper or more expensive, but this course essentially covers the material worth a single university-level module.
The good news is, that the cost of the course is significantly lower:
This course is a great introduction to the world of International Relations for students and all those interested. The distinct contribution of Dr. Zwolski here relates to providing a clear and systematic map of the discipline, which, as many know, can be very abstract and unnecessarily opaque at times. Another important aspect in this course is the focus on the applicability of the insights for the student. This course is therefore recommended for all those who want to ask questions about the world of international relations in a rigorous manner, informed by an adequate theoretical grounding and whom are eager to understand how to connect arguments to evidence.
“Good course that will provide a decent set of basic toolbox for your politics analysis needs. Very well structured and clearly explained with good samples. Yes, it did get my blood boiling on a few analytical conclusions which we’ll have to agree to disagree about but.. this is exactly what good politics could should be doing! I hope to revisit for updates on analytics on future subjects. We live in a VERY interesting period of political changes and the tools will come handy. I can definitely see myself repeating the course in a few months/year to ensure the concepts remain fresh. Thanks!”
“The teacher is a well-versed expert on the topic. I’ve only recently started the course, but his thoughtful approach to the material and its delivery is very obvious. I’m finding the course to be educational and very engaging. I will update my review as I make more progress in the program.