The renowned University of London and the world famous SOAS University of London are offering a free Massive Open Online Course titled Global Diplomacy: The United Nations in the World. This 7 weeks introductory course, which is taught by Dr. Dan Plesch from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD), is held entirely in English.
“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 participants will explore the basics of the UN System, the different agencies and the issues these are trying to resolve, to get a general understanding of how the different entities fit together and how the UN System works. Furthermore participants will gain insights into the historic roots of the United Nations and the core values that form its foundation.
In the fourth week of the course participants will study the UN Security Council, its structure and operations, and assess and discuss its ability to carry out its function and the prospects for reform. Additionally students will get a basic understanding of core human rights treaties, mechanisms and how they relate to international politics.
While the course is accessible for free, course participants who wish to obtain certification by University of London and SOAS Universty of London are welcome to opt-in for a paid verified certificate.