Making Sense of Today's World

Ref: C3741135

After 50 days in office, relations between the USA and Mexico, Russia, the Middle East, China and others have been thrown into turmoil: what will have happened by early 2018? As the world struggles to understand President Trump’s foreign policy decisions and their implications, this course focuses on 6 'international hot spots', seeking to understand what is happening, why, and the consequences for the future. The 6 ‘hot spots’ may include: Russia; Europe; the Middle East; China; Latin America and refugees and asylum seekers. There will be flexibility to include other world events unfolding over autumn/winter 2017 with course contents finalised at the first session. While our starting point will be politics and foreign policy decisions, we will also consider how issues of geography, security, trade, culture, history and religion may effect decisions. We will strive, if possible, to find some positive outcomes.

Course aim

To take stock of the state of international relations 1 year after President Trump's inauguration and examine the impact of US foreign policy on the world.

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 3 reasons why US foreign policy has changed under Trump’s Presidency.
  • Name 2 countries (or regions) which have been affected by the recent changes to US foreign policy and give examples of how they have been affected.
  • Take one of the international hot spots discussed in the course and explain what changes we might expect to see in either a) the next 12 months or b) the next 5 years.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring along pen and paper if you would like to make notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Please bring along relevant items of world news which have interested you.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Making Sense of Today's World


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