New Online Pre-requisite Courses for Master's Programs in International Relations

We have done some research and found online pre-requisite courses for our applicants for the Master's Programs in International Relations, who do not have the previous education in the field of political studies. 

If you are applying for the Master's Program in International Relations 1-year program or the Dual-degree Master's Program in International Relations, you know that you have to take the pre-requisite courses - "Introduction to International Relations" and "Introduction to Political Science/Government". This condition applies only to the applicants that are coming from an educational background that does not include courses in the field of political science. 

In order to simplify the application process, we have sourced online courses on to help you fill the political science blanks in your previous education. The following courses are suitable only for the applicants who were asked to take the pre-requisite courses.  


Coursera course by the University of London: "Introduction to International Relations"

Global Diplomacy Diplomacy in the Modern World

You can take this course as an "Introduction to International Relations"

About this course:

The Global Diplomacy course is a unique offering to the MOOC environment. Bringing together cutting edge research in the broad fields of Diplomatic and International Studies, award winning distance learning delivery and the instructor's previous experience of delivering a successful MOOC. Please see the volume Global Diplomacy: Theories, Types, and Models authored with Dr. Alison Holmes, (Westview, 2016), and the Understanding Research Methods MOOC from Coursera. The Global Diplomacy MOOC has a direct heritage in the University of London International Academy/SOAS Global Diplomacy MA Programme launched in April 2013 which have attracted hundreds of students from around the world. The Global Diplomacy MA Programme is provided by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy which has been teaching postgraduate courses in Diplomacy for over twenty-five years. After completing the 'Global Diplomacy' MOOC, learners will have

1. The ability to demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature and development of global diplomacy, drawing on a variety of relevant contributing disciplines in the broad field of International Studies.

2. An understanding of changes in diplomatic practices and procedures and the relationship of those changes to contemporary politics.

3. A sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches to debates in diplomacy so that students have been exposed to the and skills needed to analyze global diplomacy.

4. Knowledge of issues in global diplomacy in historical and contemporary contexts.

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Coursera course by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "Introduction to Government and Politics"
Israel State and Society

You can take this course as an "Introduction to Political Science/Government"

About this course:

Israel is a country that draws a lot of public attention around the globe. Nevertheless, both those who support Israel and those who are critical of its geopolitical standing and policies, usually have a very limited knowledge about the Israeli society and its political system. This course presents Israel from multiple perspectives - political, social, economic and cultural - in an attempt to expose the learners to a cutting edge academic research on the country. Each of the 13 sessions is focused on one aspect of the Israeli society. Every session starts with a general introduction of the issue at hand, hosting one expert or more, who share their most recent studies and insights on that specific field. Every 15 minutes, or so, the students are asked to answer an informative quiz of comprised of a single question. Upon the completion of each class, an online chat will be opened. Students studying for credit are expected to participate in it, ask relevant questions and answer questions about the required readings for this class. Students will graduate from this course with a better understanding of the Israeli society, better knowledge of the Israeli history, politics and economy, and better acquaintance with the varying groups of which the Israeli society is comprised.

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