A taste of politics
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
Touching upon a broad range of topics, the session is intended to both ‘build your appetite’ on exploring the world of politics more broadly and serve as a taster of our politics courses, from ‘Global Issues’ and ‘Ways into Advanced Political Studies over ‘Current Affairs’ to ‘Gender Politics’ and ‘Nationalism’.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Overall, we will discuss the many manifestations and implications of the ongoing global ‘tectonic’ shift from a global political and economic system dominated by the West to what looks to be increasingly pluralistic if dominated by Asia, particularly China. Concretely, we will discuss the many ways in which we see this shift challenging not only political and economic ideas, but also international and national norms and practices as they evolved since the early 19th century. There is plenty to discuss!
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
After the session you will have a better idea of how global and local politics are both connected and reflects one another and hopefully also have bigger appetite for more of our politics courses.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is aimed at beginners, so no previous skills or experience are required. A willingness to engage in debate, however, will help our discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught online using a mixture of presentation via powerpoint and topical discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs, all you need to bring is a note pad and pen if you want to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see the politics and current affairs section on our website for other politics courses, dates and further details: https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/history-culture-and-writing/history/politics-and-current-affairs.
Martin Ottovay Jorgensen is a historian by education (BA, MA and PhD in Denmark and Belgium). Overall, his research focuses on how forms of international cooperation were new international undertakings but also reflected deeper imperial practices that lingered on long after decolonization in various ways. As a university teacher, he has taught courses on world and global history; imperial and colonial history; the history of international organisations; peace and conflict; global issues and international relations as well as how memory is an active dimension in community-building, society, politics, international relations, conflict as well as corporate branding. Perhaps more importantly, Martin sees the active promotion of robust historical thinking as both a democratic practice of vital importance to the maintenance and continued strengthening of democracy and thus society as a whole. At City Lit, Martin combines these interests with his student-centric approach that aims to both promote history as a socially relevant way of thinking and give each class and course a horizon beyond itself.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.