Day School: Trump's Impact on International Relations

Ref: C3741122

After 50 days in office, US relations with Mexico, Russia, Iran, the Middle East, China and others have been thrown into turmoil: what will have happened by November 2017? As the world struggles to understand President Trump’s foreign policy decisions, this course will look briefly at some of the domestic US reasons for the change in policy, while focusing for much of the afternoon on 4 or 5 'international hot spots' recently in the news. We will be asking what has happened so far and the possible consequences for the future. Along the way we will be noting how international relations are influenced by factors such as geography, security, trade, culture, history and religion. We will also strive to find some positive outcomes. Please bring along your questions as well as news articles which have interested you.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an overview of the state of international relations 10 months after President's Trump arrival.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Give one explanation for the changes in US foreign policy towards either a) Russia b) Israel or c) Mexico
  • Give an example of President Trump's impact on world trade.
  • Give an example of President Trump's impact on populist leaders such as President Putin of Russia and President Erdogan of Turkey.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Optional: pen and paper if you wish to make notes; bring along a newspaper or magazine article on international affairs which has particularly interested you.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please keep up to date with recent international news prior to the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Day School: Trump's Impact on International Relations Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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