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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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Aprox. 11 horas para completar

Sugerido: 2 hours/week
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Curso 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.
Beginner Level

Nivel principiante

Clock

Aprox. 11 horas para completar

Sugerido: 2 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtítulos: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction

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

2

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 readings
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 readings
Where did the United Nations come from, and why?40m

4

Section
Clock
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 readings
How does the UN Security Council work? - Reading40m

5

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

What is the place of human rights in international politics?

This week will address the question of human rights at the UN, introducing the basic documents and declarations that underpin much UN activity. It will introduce the wide range of UN declarations on this topic, how they came about, and then examine potential criticisms of modern UN conceptions of human rights...
Reading
2 videos (Total 13 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Human rights in international politics?12m
Reading1 readings
Human rights in international politics? - Reading50m

6

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Emergency help: how does the UN respond to crises?

This week will introduce the family of UN agencies involved in humanitarian work, and begin to unpack their relationships with each other and role in responding to conflict....
Reading
2 videos (Total 7 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
How does the UN respond to crises?6m
Reading1 readings
How does the UN respond to crises? - Reading40m

7

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Where next for the UN? [OPTIONAL]

In this week, students will have a chance to review and draw together what they have learned over the previous weeks, and develop analysis skills when assessing how different priorities. This exercise will also introduce the issue of practicality and organisational politics to it, giving students an opportunity to consider how the issues they have examined might be affected by the process of implementation....
Reading
2 videos (Total 11 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Where next for the UN?9m
Reading1 readings
Where next for the UN? - Reading50m
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Top Reviews

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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