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International Relations

  • Summer 2024

    June 17, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024 For All Students Register
  • Semester 1 2024-2025

    Aug 28, 2024-Dec 13, 2024 For Members Register
  • Semester 2 2024-2025

    Jan 8, 2025-April 25, 2025 For Members Register

Course Overview

Are China and the U.S. on a collision course for war? Can the Israelis and Palestinians find a two-state solution in the holy land? Will North Korea launch a nuclear weapon? Can India and Pakistan share the subcontinent in peace? These questions dominate global headlines and our daily news feeds.

In this course, students go beyond soundbites and menacing headlines to explore the context, causes, and consequences of the most pressing global issues of our time. Through case studies, students explore the dynamics of international relations and the complex interplay of war and peace, conflict and cooperation, and security and human rights. Working with classmates from around the world, students also identify and model ways to prevent, mediate, and resolve some of the most pressing global conflicts.

Note: Beginning in the Summer 2024, GOA will offer pilot sections of International Relations that will leverage AI tools to support students taking the course in a variety of languages other than English. If you want to be in a multilingual section of this course, whether to participate in a more fully global community as an English-speaker, or to lean into studying International Relations in your native language, sign up for “International Relations (Multilingual)” on the registration page.

For the Summer course outline, click here.

Students in GOA courses will need reliable access to a computer with webcam/microphone connections, an email address (preferably school-based), a Web-conferencing app (GOA courses use Zoom), and a Word processing app (GOA courses use Google’s G Suite). When necessary, alternative arrangements may be made.

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