Time: 13:00 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HPC48
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
Explore the major issues that affect people around the world and pose a challenge to the global balance of power, from the environment to energy and resources, underdevelopment to migrations and human rights.
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?
Topics covered may include:
- The state and its challenges
- International organisations (should the UN be reformed and is it possible?)
- How to feed a growing population?
- Water security
- The energy transition and its impact
- Climate change
- The global trade
- Inequality and underdevelopment
- Migration and human security
- Human rights
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
- Discuss constructively how climate change affects the provision of food and basic services
- 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?
The course will be a combination of lectures, backed by PowerPoint presentations, and discussions in large and small groups. Material to prepare the discussions will be available on the course website.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and paper will be useful for making notes.
Books will be recommended but students are not required to purchase them if they do not wish.
This is not an exam course.
There are no extra costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please look at our Politics, current affairs and economics section for more courses.
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.