International Relations and Politics

Our Academic Online Course will introduce you to democracy; what it is, why it's important, why it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. This is the perfect course to prepare you for university study.

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Two weeks

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10 hours

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Spend two weeks learning International Relations and Politics from world-leading academics— and leave feeling confident. Through a program of self-paced learning and live classes, join an unforgettable learning experience.

Gain confidence to discuss your subject with world-class academics and admissions tutors

Experience university-style learning so that you are ready for your next step

Encounter fresh perspectives from your cohort of 6-9 international students

Get ready to make the right decisions about what subject to study at university

Your expert tutor


Oliver H.

International Relations and Politics

Oliver graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2017. His vast teaching experience ranges all the way from high school students up to postgraduate students so he can help you to reach your academic goals and take your next step in International Relations and Politics, whatever your level.

How the course works

You'll learn through a mixture of webinars, tutorials and self-paced study over the two weeks of the course:

  • Four modules of study. Work at your own pace through four modules available to you on our learning platform anytime, day or night.

  • Two live webinars. Take your new knowledge into your weekly live webinars and share ideas with classmates from around the globe, guided by your expert tutor.

  • Two live tutorials. Discuss your individual questions with your tutor and get answers straight from the experts, as you learn in the classic Oxford style.

  • Regular feedback. Complete frequent knowledge checks and receive instant feedback, plus receive personalised feedback on one longer assignment.

Find out when we are next running this course here, then choose 'enrol now' to sign up.

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No problem! We offer bespoke packages that best suit your academic needs. For those interested in studying an academic online course in more than one subject, please get in touch with our admissions team to answer all of your questions.

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International Relations and Politics course overview


Defining democracy

Understand what democracy means

What is the difference between a democracy and a dictatorship? Is this difference a qualitative one, or does it make sense to think of democracy as something which comes in degrees? These are the questions you will consider in your first module.




Democracy in practice

Democracies around the world

You'll expand on what you learned in your first module to further analyse the different types of democracy. Working with your peers and tutor you will analyse a number of related case studies on democracy and discuss the pros and cons of the various models.




The value of democracy

Why is democracy important?

This topic will introduce you to the distinction between intrinsic and instrumental value, as well as the arguments given for and against democracy by two famous historical thinkers, Plato and Rousseau. You will look at case studies from around the world to support your thinking.




Democracy in crisis

Where has democracy not worked?

In your final module you will look at case studies, from India's turn toward Hindu nationalism through to President Trump's diplomatic wooing of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un. You will analyse the underlying causes of this period of decline in democracy, and what can be done about it.




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Questions you may have

Our Academic Online Courses cost £875 for a two-week course.

Our Academic Online Courses are suitable for students aged 13-24. We split students into groups according to age, ability and experience so though the age range for the courses is wide, students normally study with peers of a similar age.

When you purchase a Melio course or program we will give you access to our innovative learning platform so that you can work through the self-paced content whenever you want, and log in to join live webinars and tutorials. The platform is best accessed using a desktop or laptop computer.

When you sign up, we will provide information about the course timetable in advance so that you can attend the live sessions. The sessions are designed to take place in evenings in your time zone so that they fit with school and other commitments.

To access the course you just need a desktop or laptop computer with a reliable internet connection and a microphone and camera. You do not require any specific study materials during your course, other than making sure that you can take notes as you need, so you may want a notepad or to use Google Docs or the notes function on your phone or tablet.

No prior knowledge is required to take one of our Academic Online Courses, just a desire to learn! Some students in your class may have studied the subject previously but our courses are designed to provide an introduction to university style teaching and we assume that you have not already studied the subject at university. The courses take place in English so you should feel confident to read, write, listen and speak in English in order to take part. In your tutorials you will be able to ask your tutor any specific questions that you have.

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