Business, International Relations and the Political Economy Online Certificate Course


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Program Description


Discover how globalisation, rising protectionism and sociopolitical uncertainty can impact your organisation. Apply analytical and problem-solving techniques from LSE’s internationally respected academics to leverage both global and local market changes. Analyse how organisations are impacted by global forces using in-depth case studies, and help prepare your business for current and future disruption.

On completion of this online certificate course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of how to analyse the effects of political, social, economic, technological, and environmental shifts on an organisation
  • The ability to analyse events from a different perspective in order to maximise opportunities and mitigate risks
  • Strategic insight into the challenges of globalisation

Course structure

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is collaborating with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to create a new class of learning experience – one that is engaging, collaborative, and accessible. Take advantage of the part-time learning model (7-10 hours per week) and the support of a Success Manager, as you earn an LSE certificate of competence.

Through a diverse collection of learning resources, you’ll explore key events that have shaped the evolution of globalisation from the 19th century until today. You’ll analyse how organisations have been impacted by global economic events and power shifts, and explore ways to mitigate risk and identify opportunities for your business.

Modules are released weekly, allowing a flexible but structured approach to learning.

Topics covered on the course include:

  • The evolution of globalisation
  • Business, production and investment in the global economy
  • Global power shifts
  • Contesting globalisation
  • Conflict and instability
  • Responding to disruptive forces
  • Corporate responses to a changing global environment

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Who will benefit?

Professionals who want to understand the way the world is changing by gaining insight into economic and political disruptions in both the developed and developing economies will find this course useful. This online certificate course would be equally relevant to those who want to sharpen their understanding of economics and politics in general. It’s aimed at a broad range of professionals including executives, government officials, business owners, strategists, investors, manufacturers, and media experts.

How to register

There are no registration fees or academic prerequisites for this online course. It is available to working professionals, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. However, in order to complete a course, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel.

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This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with the leader in online education, GetSmarter. View the Business, International Relations and the Political Economy online certificate course to find out about upcoming course dates, the course price, and more.

Download your prospectus to find out more about this online certificate course.

Will I have the time?

GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course is broken up into weekly, manageable modules, with incremental deadlines, devised to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the flexibility to work when it suits you best. You also have access to your Success Manager, who will help you set goals, track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative enquiries you might have.

If you have any queries, please contact:

+44 2038 568 850

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, seeks to improve society by addressing real-world issues and understanding the ... Read More

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, seeks to improve society by addressing real-world issues and understanding the causes of things. Using a dynamic and diverse approach to learning, LSE provides cutting-edge research and works with renowned academic experts. Read less
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