International Politics Mastery: Speak Like An Expert
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International Politics Mastery: Speak Like An Expert

Learn '3 Levels of Analysis' to speak confidently about international problems even without prior university education.
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4.6 (56 ratings)
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Last updated 8/2017
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Speak about most problems of international politics like a confident expert even if they have never studied Politics or International Relations at a university.
  • Educate others about how to properly understand and analyse issues like Donald Trump's foreign policy, Brexit or Islamic terrorism.
  • Build complex arguments using theories and concepts such as system level, anarchy, balance of power, realism, liberalism, norms and values, social construction, bureaucratic behaviour, cognitive biases, and many more.
  • Critically assess the value of the daily news they read and watch.
  • Completely transform, with my Bonus Lecture and the Reading List, the way they approach their interest in international politics
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Requirements
  • 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.
Description

You are about to learn powerful, expert-level skills to understand and speak about most problems of international politics like a confident expert even without prior university education in Politics or International Relations.

"Stop following world news all the time. Start understanding the world"

Trump, Brexit, terrorism... There is so much happening in the world. And whether we like it or not, we are constantly flooded with news headlines, giving us the illusion of understanding what's really happening.

In reality, rather than getting more clarity and understanding, we become more confused. We read a headline, and we don’t have the time to process it, because we are very soon exposed to a new headline, with even more up-to-date piece of information. 

Our understanding does not deepen. 

Our horizons do not widen.

The focus is on speed rather than nutrition of the information we consume. The headlines have to be short and tell us the key message, because very likely we will not read the rest of the story. 

We don’t have the time to do this, because there is yet another headline just a scroll away. So the information presented to us is fragmented. Different pieces are disconnected

For example, the coverage of world politics focuses too often on individuals and personalities, just to make the story more interesting.

And here is the truth most people don't know about:

"Knowing facts is NOT the same as having knowledge, understanding and ability"

What you mostly get by following the news are the simple facts of what happens, when, and who is involved. 

By the end of this course, you will know that there are far more important questions to ask. These include: 

  • Why things happen? 
  • Why political leaders act the way they do? 
  • Why do states continue to act in certain ways even though we know from history that wars never bring any good? 
  • Why wars and conflicts continue to erupt regularly? 
  • Why issues such as Brexit develop in this particular way? Were they inevitable? 
  • What are the connections between different problems?

Over the many years of researching and teaching international politics, I am now convinced that these questions are 100 times more important than the simple ‘what happened and when’ kind of information.

What You Will Get in This Course

Through this course, you will gain access to state-of-the-art, research-informed tuition delivered through highly-engaging and easy-to-follow video lectures and practical exercises, equivalent to one university-level module worth at least £1125 (based on UK university tuition fees).

Inside you will learn:

  • Specific theories and concepts which will allow you to take most problems of international politics, such as Trump's foreign policy or Brexit, and speak about them confidently with more depth and understanding.
  • How the so-called 'Levels of Analysis' framework can enable you to fill the gaps left by most news stories you will read on the Internet.
  • The working basics of the three most fundamental Theories of International Relations, so that you can incorporate the principles of those theories to your arguments, or you can spot when others operate with those theories even without realizing it.
  • How to skyrocket the impact of your arguments with concepts like: system level, anarchy, balance of power, realism, liberalism, norms and values, social construction, bureaucratic behavior, cognitive biases.
  • Very specific, word-for-word examples of how you can instantly apply your powerful new knowledge to write and speak about international politics topics which interest you.
  • How to take what you are about to learn in this course and start using it instantly. To that end, in addition to illustrating each point with examples throughout the course, I have also prepared a number of case studies concerning some of the timeliest and most pressing international problems, including Islamic terrorism, Brexit and Trump’s foreign policy.
  • The university-level material which any teacher will take as a clear sign of your excellent preparation for the discussion or assessment.
  • The analytical framework which will automatically take your blog, articles or comments to the next level, demonstrating that you are indeed an expert.
  • How powerful but at the same time unacknowledged the concept of ‘anarchy’ is. It is truly a ‘silent hero’ of international politics!
  • How the seemingly boring idea of ‘bureaucracy’ can tell you significant things about how foreign policy develops.
  • How people think and act differently when working in groups, and what disastrous consequences this may have for foreign policy decisions.
  • The biases we all share, including Simplification Bias, Consistency Bias and Poor Estimation Bias, which can fundamentally impact foreign policy and international politics.
  • An ability to recognize the missing bits from the media coverage of international politics and to explain what is missing to other people.
  • What books to read thanks to my Recommended Reading List, so that you can keep educating yourself with the right literature and really take your skills to the next level.

My Promise to You

I promise that the tuition in this course is of the highest quality, based on genuine university-level 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.

This is the first course of this kind and I am committed to make it as useful for you as possible. So please feel free to get in touch with suggestions on how I can improve this course.

From a student: "The teacher is a well-versed expert on the topic. I've only recently started the course, but his thoughtful approach to the material and its delivery is very obvious. I'm finding the course to be educational and very engaging."

From a student: "Good course that will provide a decent set of basic toolbox for your politics analysis needs. Very well structured and clearly explained with good samples. Yes, it did get my blood boiling on a few analytical conclusions which we'll have to agree to disagree about but.. this is exactly what good politics could should be doing! I hope to revisit for updates on analytics on future subjects. We live in a VERY interesting period of political changes and the tools will come handy. I can definitely see myself repeating the course in a few months/year to ensure the concepts remain fresh. Thanks!"

About the Course Leader

I'm Kamil Zwolski, PhD. I'm Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of Southampton, UK, and a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, which promotes teaching excellence. I've got over 10 years experience of research and teaching in International Relations. 

I am currently working on my second book, which concerns European - Russian relations following the recent conflict in Ukraine. My research articles are published regularly in some of the world's leading academic journals. 

I teach hundreds of students every year, and in 2015 my efforts were recognized with a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award for innovation in teaching international politics. I am always friendly and approachable for my students, because I admire everyone open to learning new knowledge and skills. 

With the 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is no reason why you should not try the course out right now.

Who is the target audience?
  • Individuals interested in the problems of international politics, particularly those who regularly watch the news, read newspapers or follow on-line media.
  • Commentators, bloggers and journalists covering international politics.
  • Students of Politics and International Relations who want to consolidate their knowledge and improve their grades.
  • Policy practitioners who want to improve their analytical skills and better understand the context of their policy activities.
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Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 26:41

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Preview 02:32

In this video students will learn why I’ve created International Politics Mastery, what exactly they will learn by completing it, how it will help them to achieve their own learning objectives, and I will also tell students a little bit about myself.

Preview 12:35

In this video students will learn how International Politics Mastery is structured and how they can get the most out of the course.

Preview 02:10

In this lesson students are going to learn a very profound analytical skill that will literally change their perspective on how they think about world politics: the levels of analysis in international relations.

Preview 09:24

This is assignment for Uncovering Levels of Analysis
Assignment for Uncovering Levels of Analysis
3 questions
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The Forest View: International System
4 Lectures 42:52

In this video students are going to learn the importance of the system level of analyzing world politics.

Introducing the System Level
09:17

This is assignment for Introducing the System Level
Assignment for Introducing the System Level
3 questions

In this video students are going to learn what is called a Realist perspective on World Politics, or a Realist theory of International Relations.

The Realist Perspective: Glass Half Empty
11:09

This is assignment for the Realist Perspective
Assignment for the Realist Perspective
4 questions

In this video students are going to learn what is called a Liberal perspective on world politics, or a Liberal theory of International Relations.

The Liberal Perspective: Glass Half Full
10:17

This is assignment for the Liberal Perspective
Assignment for the Liberal Perspective
4 questions

In this video students are going to learn about the importance of norms, values and identities in world politics. Students will learn about Social Constructivism in International Relations.

The Power of Norms
12:09

This is assignment for Power of Norms
Assignment for Power of Norms
2 questions

In this quiz, students can practice their knowledge and understanding of the content discussed in the International System section.

International System Level Quiz
5 questions
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The Tree View: Nation-states
4 Lectures 32:39

In this video students are going to learn about the distinction between system level and state level analysis in international politics.

Introducing the State Level
06:42

This is assignment for Introducing the State Level
Assignment for Introducing the State Level
2 questions

In this video students are going to learn about the influence of the public opinion and the media on the state’s foreign policy, which in turn can tell us important things about world politics.

Public Opinion, Media and Foreign Policy
08:06

This is assignment for Public opinion, media and foreign policy
Assignment for Public Opinion, Media and Foreign Policy
1 question

In this video students are going to learn about the bureaucratic perspective on foreign policy and international politics. The bureaucratic perspective, or the organizational approach, are fundamental for the sub-field of International Relations called Foreign Policy Analysis.

Bureaucratic Fight for Survival
10:19

This is assignment for Bureaucratic Fight for Survival
Assignment for Bureaucratic Fight for Survival
3 questions

In this video students are going learn about the importance of so-called groupthink for how foreign policy is formulated, and its consequences for world politics.

The Perils of ‘Groupthink’
07:32

This is assignment for The Perils of ‘Groupthink’
Assignment for The Perils of ‘Groupthink’
4 questions

In this quiz, students can practice their knowledge and understanding of the content discussed in the Nation-states Level section.

Nation-states Level Quiz
5 questions
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Inside the Tree: Individuals
4 Lectures 17:03

In this video students are going to learn about the most popular level of analysis when it comes to world politics. This is an individual level of analysis and it’s about how and why individual policy-makers make decisions.

Introducing the Individual Level
07:15

An Exercise for Introducing the Individual Level
00:39

In this video students are going to learn how and why exactly people, including policy-makers, get things wrong, and what consequences for world politics this might have.

Why People Get Things Wrong
08:31

An Exercise for Why People Get Things Wrong
00:38

In this quiz, students can practice their knowledge and understanding of the content discussed in the Individual Level section.

Individual Level Quiz
5 questions
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How To Use This Framework
2 Lectures 06:35
You Are Ready! How To Use This Framework
03:43

Recommended Reading List
02:52
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Case Studies
3 Lectures 17:08
Donald Trump's Foreign Policy
06:06

Islamic Terrorism
04:44

Brexit
06:18
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Bonus Lecture
1 Lecture 02:25
Bonus Lecture: My Golden Advice
02:25
About the Instructor
Kamil Zwolski, PhD
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2,253 Students
3 Courses
Associate Professor in International Politics, UK

I'm Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of Southampton, UK, which is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. I am also Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, which promotes teaching excellence. 

My passion is to research and teach the most important problems of International Relations, which I have been doing for over 10 years now. I have been working at universities in Manchester, London and Southampton, UK. I have also conducted extended research at the European Union headquarters in Brussels, and the United Nations headquarters in New York.

My on-line courses will give you concrete knowledge and skills to understand and speak about most problems of international politics with confidence.

The content I am teaching is 100% backed-up by the decades of research in the field of International Relations, and it cannot be replaced with watching and reading the news in newspapers and magazines.

Remember: facts are NOT knowledge, understanding and ability. That's why, through my courses, I urge you to stop following world news all the time, and start educating yourself in order to understand the world.

If you are open to new knowledge and skills, and if you want to speak confidently about most problems of international politics, enroll in the course.

You have a 30-day money back guarantee if you decide it's not for you. Plus, I am regularly adding new content so that you can stay on top of the most recent research to expand your skills. So check out my course and enroll today.

More About Me

It's funny, but my passion for international politics started already in the kindergarten, when I was only a few years old. One day my friend gave me a large, colorful political map of the world. It had different colors for each country, and I found it captivating. I am not sure where he got it from, but I loved! 

This interest stayed with me and shaped my life choices. In 2006, I graduated with my BA and MA in Political Science, receiving competitive Scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Education. In 2007, I graduated with MA European Studies from the University of Maastricht, Holland, also with the Scholarship of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2007, after securing Full Scholarship, I began my PhD study in the European Studies Research Institute, University of Salford, UK. I graduated in 2011, and in 2013 I published my first book, concerning the role of the European Union in international security. 

Since 2012, I have been working at the University of Southampton, and I continue to develop my passion for research and teaching. I am currently working on my second book, which concerns European - Russian relations following the recent conflict in Ukraine. My research articles are published regularly in some of the world's leading academic journals. 

I teach hundreds of students every year, and in 2015 my efforts were recognized with a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award for innovation in teaching international politics. I am always friendly and approachable for my students, because admire everyone open to learning new knowledge and skills.