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28 Apr 2014

MOOC Geopolitics: registration is now open

Registration is open for Grenoble Ecole de Management's new MOOC in Geopolitics at The course will be run by Yves Schemeil, Professor of Global and Comparative Politics at Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) and at Sciences Po Grenoble and will take place from 12 May to 6 July 2014.

"It is important to us – and is part of our mission – that everybody is able to understand what is going on in the world. This new MOOC reinforces the positioning of the school with respect to new educational methods and geopolitics. This is the first course in geopolitics designed specifically for a MOOC in France" explains Jean-François Fiorina, Deputy Director of GEM.

4 hours per week for 8 weeks

Those enrolled on this course will follow 6 modules, consisting of course videos (10 minutes), resources such as articles, reading material, etc., a weekly quiz and "essay" style homework with peer review or discussion. Each module will pose the following question: Does this topic provide threats or is it a source of innovative forms of collaboration? Among the six topics tackled: six major current geopolitical issues; preface to a new world; the major challenges of tomorrow and the appropriate responses; democratization and liberalization; isolationism or openness towards others.

The students will interpret the news

  • They will review advances in research on geopolitics, global studies and world affairs.
  • They will be guided to "think globally" through the perspective provided by Asian, African, Arab and Latin American researchers; Japanese and Indian intellectuals; Confucian and Muslim thinkers.
  • They will analyze the weight of the natural environment on individual and collective choices, and consider the influence of the past on the decisions of today.

At the end of the MOOC, participants will know how to :

reject explanations that are too simple, avoid errors and clumsiness in a discussion, predict how a situation will unfold, justify a decision, anticipate the consequences of an action and be comfortable when negotiating. They will know how to think for themselves!

Video presentation in French