Rising Powers: the countries shaping the global future
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HPC32
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
The world as we know it is changing. The recent emergence of the ‘Rising Powers’ and their potential to reshape the global system towards ‘multipolarity’ has excited the imagination of scholars, policy-makers and the media. Yet what does this mean? And does it mean the decline of the West? In this course, we explore the Rising Powers of today, and seek understandings of the political and social factors behind the transformation.
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?
• Who are the rising powers? What are the political and social factors shaping them?
• What concepts and theories helps us to understand the global situation?
• How can we analyse each state politically, economically, socially, and militarily?
• What are the tools of hard, soft, smart, and sharp power?
• Where are tensions between declining and rising states most visible?
• How are the Rising Powers expected to shape the future? Opportunity or threat?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• List the so-called Rising Powers and describe each
• Define how the global situation is changing and explain why
• Evaluate the political and social factors shaping them
• Discuss concepts and theories that help us to understand the global situation
• Understand the difference and interplay between hard, soft, smart, and sharp power
• Outline the benefits and threats to the West of the Rising Powers
• Locate current and future sites of conflict and explore what the future holds.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended reading. Books should be available from a library, although you might wish to buy a particular text if you wish to explore a topic further.
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading, although a good grasp of English is essential to keep up with the course. You will gain more, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Most sessions involve the tutor leading in with a prepared talk or lecture. There will be ample opportunity for discussion of issues or problems raised. As the course progresses learners are encouraged to take an increasing part in the learning process, especially with regard to asking questions and discussing aspects of the topics covered.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook to class if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Exlore our range of courses on our website. In particular, you may be interested in our other Rising Powers courses.
Francesca is a Teaching Fellow at King's College, London. She completed her PhD on Trust and Revolution, having earned an MA in International Relations. Her book -- Trust, Politics, and Revolution: a European History -- was published by IB Tauris in 2019.
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.