october, 2022

2022mon10oct(oct 10)6:45 pmmon05dec(dec 5)8:45 pmPolitics in Turbulent Times£112 (£68 concession) - weekly course exploring international relationshipsParkside Community CollegeDay:Monday length of course: 8 weeks


October 10 (Monday) 6:45 pm - December 5 (Monday) 8:45 pm


Parkside Community College

Parkside, Cambridge, CB1 1EH

length of course

8 weeks


Course details

Brief description:

This course is aimed at anyone who has an interest in, or wants to know about current issues in geopolitics aka International Relations.

Lesson 1 – Introduction, what is International Relations and how are global events analysed and interpreted using the main schools of thought of IR which are Realism, Constructivism and Neoliberal Institutionalism?
Lesson 2 – How will Britain navigate the hostile waters of the current geopolitical environment?
Lesson 3 – Russia and its troubled relationship with Ukraine. Russia has been in a geopolitical struggle with Nato to maintain its sphere of influence. Ukraine is key to this and Russia has shown with the ongoing invasion that it is willing to go to any lengths to maintain its regional hegemony.
Lesson 4 – The struggle for domination in the Asia-Pacific region between a rising superpower in China versus the current world superpower – the United States
Lesson 5 – The rise of global terror.
Lesson 6 – An organisation in search of a purpose – the future prospects of the EU.
Lesson 7 – Is there a future for international institutions i.e. the UN and its constituent organisations?
Lesson 8 – Goodnight Vienna for the West? – with Russia’s and China’s bellicose stance toward the West, are we witnessing the decline of Western global domination and their rules-based world order, and will it be replaced by the said revisionist powers?

Previous experience and Knowledge needed:


Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to understand and analyse key geopolitical events both present and future.
  • Understanding of how the international political system works between states.
  • Understanding of the hierarchical nature of the international system and how it favours the great powers of the day.

The course will have an emphasis on interactivity with the using of learning aids such as short quizzes (a general introductory ‘what do you know already?’ and one per topic) and classroom discussions.


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You will find provision on some Saturday and Sunday’s , you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more.


£112 (£68 concession) – Contact the office on 01223 712340 to pay by card


Paul HumphreysI hold a BA (Hons) in International Studies with the OU and an MA (Merit) in International Relations (IR) with Anglia Ruskin University. I am currently a doctoral research student with Brunel University researching the effects of the H.M. Governments PREVENT counter-terrorism strategy on professionals working in public welfare services. I have studied geopolitical events for many years and have always found it a fascinating subject. In terms of IR I am a adherent of the realist school of thought. I think a good understanding of IR has never been so important, because the current global order is in a state of flux and the West is facing the distinct possibility of decline and being eclipsed by a rising East Asia led by China.


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