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The Challenges of Global Poverty

International Relations/Development

Platform: edX, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Level: Beginner, but some experience in economics and statistics is useful

For those of you who are interested in the challenges that massive poverty creates, this course is perfect as you will become familiar with the key questions scholars in these fields are trying to answer. You can be sure that this course goes into a lot of depth because it is 11 weeks long, with around 12 to 14 hours of studying a week.

Explore this course more here: https://www.edx.org/course/the-challenges-of-global-poverty

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Water Resources Management and Policy

International Relations

Platform: Coursera, University of Geneva

Level: Intermediate

Although this course only takes around 10 hours to complete, you will still learn a lot! Over the course of 5 weeks you will look at the challenges private and public stakeholders are currently facing that are related to the water cycle. Additionally, you will also look into some approaches these stakeholders can use to combat these challenges.

Here is the link to the course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-management?

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Understanding International Relations Theory

International Relations

Platform: Coursera, National Research University Higher School of Economics

Level: Intermediate

Over the duration of 4 weeks (or 24 hours), you will learn about the main assumptions of the international relations theory by using both a historical approach and analysing current political problems.

Interested? Find out more here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/international-relations-theory?

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Principles of Economics

Economics

Platform: edX, Stanford University

Level: Beginner

If you have no prior experience in economics this course is the perfect introduction to economics! At first you will study microeconomics and later on also macroeconomics all in a period of only 8 weeks and with only 5-10 hours of work a week!

Here is the link: https://www.edx.org/course/principles-of-economics

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Introduction to Economics: Macroeconomics

Economics

Platform: edX, Seoul National University

Level: Beginner

Learn more about the major concepts of macroeconomics! The good news is that no prior knowledge is required. Overall, the course covers 6 weeks with four to five hours of work a week.

This is the link if you want to find out more: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-economics-macroeconomics

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Macroeconomics – The Basics

Economics

Platform: edX, Doane

Level: Beginner

Over the duration of 8 weeks, you will learn about the following:

  1. basic economic concepts
  2. variations in different economic systems
  3. macroeconomic statistisc (e.g. GDP)
  4. the uses of monetary and fiscal policies
  5. macroeconomic challenges

Interested? Find out more here: https://www.edx.org/course/macroeconomics-literacy

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Microeconomics: The Power of Markets

Economics

Platform: Coursera, University of Pennsylvania

Level: Intermediate

This course will introduce you to the microeconomic theory. As the course is directed at people who already have some experience, I would recommend the course only if you have studied microeconomics previously. However, if you have this course is really great because if only takes around 9 hours to complete!

Explore this course further at the following link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/microeconomics-part1?

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The Global Financial Crisis

Economics/Finance

Platform: Coursera, Yale

Level: Intermediate

Over the course of four weeks, or 24 hours, you will learn about the causes, events, policy responses, and the aftermath of the recent financial crisis.

Interested? Click on this link to learn more: https://www.coursera.org/learn/global-financial-crisis?

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Game Theory

Economics

Platform: Coursera, Stanford University + the University of British Columbia

Level: Beginner

This course will provide you with the basics of Game Theory:

  1. representing games and strategies
  2. the extensive form
  3. Bayesian games
  4. repeated and stochaistic games

+ a lot more!

The good news is that this course only takes around 12 hours to complete, or around three weeks!

Here is the link for more information: https://www.coursera.org/learn/game-theory-1

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Contemporary China

Country-related

Platform: edX, Harvard University

Level: Beginner

During this course you will study the history of contemporary China from the rise of Deng Xiaoping in 1978 to present-day China. Additionally, this course also covers the Taiwanese model and Taiwan’s relationship with the People’s Republic of China. The duration of this course is 15 weeks, but with only about one to three hours of studying per week.

Explore this course here: https://www.edx.org/course/contemporary-china-the-peoples-republic-taiwan-and