Warwick/Coventry, United Kingdom

Politics and International Relations

when 16 July 2023 - 5 August 2023
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2150

This course is designed to provide participants with insights into how political systems and related structures at national, regional and global levels function: why and how decisions are made and the socio-economic development outcomes and impacts on different societies.
It will contextualise and analyse theoretical and conceptual issues in politics and international relations within the contemporary practical setting of nation states and the international community.

The course will present important themes in politics and international relations around three main components:

- International Political Economy of Development
- International Relations and Security Studies
- Gender, Equity and Inclusive Development

Course leader

Professor Franklyn Lisk, Professor, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Target group

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is open to students studying any discipline at University level. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds, including students who are currently studying another subject but who want to broaden their knowledge in another discipline. Students should also meet our standard entry requirements and must be aged 18 or over by the time the Summer School commences and have a good understanding of the English language.

Course aim

The course will introduce students to:

- National and international dimensions of the politics, policies and practical challenges and opportunities implicit in the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and just and desired socio-economic transformation;
- The application of political norms and ideas and economic imperatives and thoughts for dealing with contemporary development problems such as poverty, conflict and war, migration, insecurity, environmental and climate change concerns; and
- Gendered aspects and ideological, social and cultural roots of inequality at national and global levels and considerations of policy and practical solutions. The main aim is to stimulate critical thinking and encourage debate among students around key factors that influence the development and prosperity of nations, groups and individuals.

Credits info

7.5 EC
You must check with the relevant office of your institution if you will be awarded credit, but many institutions will allow this. In general, you’ll earn 3-4 credits in the US system, and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. Warwick will provide any necessary supporting evidence to help evaluate the worth of the course.

Fee info

GBP 2150: Student Rate - Tuition fee applies to any student enrolled at a University or College anywhere in the world (includes the social programme and guest lecture series)
GBP 2950: Standard rate - Tuition fee includes the social programme and guest lecture series.


We offer enhanced discounts for Warwick alumni, Offer Holders, Summer School Alumni and Students at partners institutions and group bookings of 10+ students