In this course, you will get in-depth knowledge and understanding of key liberalist thinkers, theories and concepts, including real world examples and even tips for writing essays and dissertations.
The course will give you confidence to think and speak about world problems through the lens of the oldest and highly influential progressive theory of International Relations.
If you are interested in world politics, chances are you are reading and watching quite a bit of news about what's going on. That's OK, but there is nothing more rewarding that actually educating yourself to improve the depth and breadth of your knowledge and understanding of how the world works.
My courses are designed to help you with that objective and this course offers you complete knowledge and understanding of the most exciting progressive theory of International Relations.
How You Will Learn
It is my philosophy in this course to allow the thinkers and authors speak for themselves. I want to give them the voice. At the same time, I offer you my full explanation and interpretation of every quote we analyse in the course. I don't just leave you there wondering what this all means.
We will begin with classical liberalist thinkers and the founders of liberal international thought: Locke, Hume, Grotius and Kant. Then, we will move to 20th century to explore the tenets of classical liberalist International Relations theory, followed by neoliberal intergovernmentalism (also known as institutionalism). We will also explore liberalism since the 1990s, including focus on:
- the end of history
- soft power
- smart power
- international regimes
- democratic peace theory
The bonus lecture will give you 6 practical tips for incorporating liberalism into writing your academic essays and dissertations.
As much as talking about theories is interesting in itself, I also believe in the value of practical examples. So in this course, we discuss three case studies of how liberalism can be applied to analyse real world problems. These include: the liberalist perspective on European integration and the European Union, United Nations and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
My Promise to You
I promise that the tuition in this course is of the highest quality, based on genuine university-level teaching and research. It is presented in a highly-accessible and engaging way, designed specifically for those who do not have prior university degree in Politics or International Relations.
I invite you to send me a message if you have any questions about the content of this course.
Who this course is for
- Individuals interested in International Relations and the problems of international politics.
- Students of Politics and International Relations who want to consolidate their knowledge and improve their grades.
- Commentators, bloggers and journalists covering international politics.
- Policy practitioners who want to improve their analytical skills and better understand the context of their policy activities.
- After attending this course, I'm getting more confident in understanding Liberalism as one of the International Relations Theory. Shout out to Kamil for creating this wonderful course! ~ Abdulla Emir P
- An enriching and immersive experience in learning one of the fundamental concepts of IR ~ Soumya Shankar R
- The quotes used to define/reflect/interpret the subject matter is a methodology that combines the thinker's exact thoughts to how it is explained to others who are new to this field by the Course Instructor. Now I know what to look out for! ~ Darmashakthini A
- Great course.... simply spoken but highly informative ~ Debashish C
- Quite a different perspective than how we conceptualize "liberalism" in business school ~ Jonathan P
What you'll learn
- Think and speak about world problems through the lens of the oldest progressive theory of International Relations
- Identify and understand the ideas of the founders of liberalism, including John Locke, David Hume, Hugo Grotius and Immanuel Kant
- Become an expert on modern liberalist thinkers, including Norman Angell, Woodrow Wilson, Robert Keohane, Joseph Nye, Francis Fukuyama
- Understand the differences between classical liberalism and neoliberalism
- Understand the differences between neoliberalism and neorealism
- Recognise how the liberal principle of human rights has its roots in the philosophy of John Locke and David Hume
- Understand how the idea of international law dates back to Hugo Grotius
- Understand why Immanuel Kant is so important for the liberal idea of international peace
- Become an expert on Norman Angell - the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for his work on war and international institutions
- Understand why Woodrow Wilson is the most important historical figure for the liberal International Relations theory
- Identify the key elements in Robert Keohane's neoliberal programme of studying international organisations
- Understand the difference between absolute gains and relative gains
- Understand why Fukuyama proclaimed the 'end of history' in 1989, what he meant and whether he was right
- Identify the key elements and real world examples of international regimes
- Become an expert on Joseph Nye's concept of soft power and smart power
- Understand democratic peace theory - a key modern liberal research programme
- Understand the liberalist perspective on European integration and the European Union
- Understand the liberalist perspective on the United Nations
- Understand the liberalist perspective on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
- Learn 6 practical tips for incorporating liberalism into your academic essays and dissertations
- The course is designed for all study levels and therefore does not require prior education in Politics or International Relations.
- No upfront reading is necessary. In the course, students will learn about some of the most influential books on each topic.
- For convenience, handouts for each lecture are provided and can be downloaded.