Introduction to global issues

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 24/03/20
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.


What is the course about?

Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues.

What will we cover?

Topics covered may include:
- The state and its challenges
- International organisations (should the UN be reformed and is it possible?)
- Population growth and food
- Water security
- Energy
- Climate change
- Global trade
- Inequality and underdevelopment
- Migration and human security
- Human rights
- War
- Peace.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Explain one of the key challenges to dealing with global issues
- Identify one aspect of the relationship between human security issues, transnational terrorism and migration
- Identify two key challenges of underdevelopment and inequality.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is at an introductory level and is suitable for those new to the subject as well as those who have some familiarity with the topics to be covered. A good grasp of English to keep up with the course and participate fully is necessary. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Lectures, small group work/discussions, larger class discussions will be supplemented by video, articles and other sourced reading materials (including governmental and advocacy group reports, etc.). You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading outside of
class meetings and participate in in-class discussions. You may also have the opportunity to explore more resources for discussion in classroom-based activities – including possible use of computers during in-class small
group work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No extra costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please see the City Lit website for further details about other contemporary history and politics courses.


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Refreshing, broad brush approach to Global Issues which attracted the most interesting combination of fellow students
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Tutor Biographies
Sebastien Ardouin

After under- and post-graduate studies in Politics and History in both France and the UK, Sébastien settled in London. He has been teaching at the City Lit since 2001. Over the years, he has covered many different subjects, including politics, history, economy and culture of Latin America, French modern history, European history, global issues and current affairs. In his classes, Sébastien hopes to give learners the skills, tools and information that can help them not only to make sense of the world we live in but also to understand the origins of the key issues we face.

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.

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Course Code: HH164

Full Tue, day, 14 Jan - 24 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £66.00

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