Become an expert on contemporary global geopolitics with my flagship live seminar course Geopolitics of the 21st Century
I am offering you the most innovative, in-depth, flexible, affordable and engaging live seminar course on Global Geopolitics available online.
In this course we engage with the most influential thinkers, diplomats and experts to uncover the key actors, processes, dynamics and concepts shaping modern Global Geopolitics.
Here are some of the questions we address in this course:
Hey, I am Kamil Zwolski, PhD
I’m an award-winning, full-time UK academic (Associate Professor in International Politics).
I published two books on International Relations and was recently granted a contract for the third one, on European security.
In addition to being an accomplished researcher, I am also a passionate educator.
I teach hundreds of students every year and my bestselling on-line courses on International Relations have over 6.5k students from 143 countries.
In 2020, I have decided that in addition to my on-demand on-line courses, I would like to experiment with a live seminar course.
This led me to launching the first edition of the Geopolitics of the 21st Century course, which launched on January 10.
I didn’t really know what to expect, but the response from my students was phenomenal.
The course has attracted students from around the world and of all levels of preparation.
The success with the first edition encouraged me to launch the second edition in 2021.
We learn in scheduled weekly sessions, around 2.5 hours each.
The sessions take place on Sundays at 21.00 UK time.
Each session begins with a brief lecture-style introduction by myself on the topic of the week.
We then have a discussion and explore the topic in depth.
You can participate as much as you like. If you like, you can just sit back and listen to other speak.
Who is this course for?
What students say
Here is what you will learn:
Week 1. World Order
In this course, we are not wasting our time with unnecessarily long 'introductions'. We get right to the point from the start with the most important geopolitical thinker of our time: Henry Kissinger. Kissinger has a unique, sharp as a knife vision of geopolitics and we explore that vision in Week 1 of this course. Among other topics, we discuss European balance of power, disorder in the Middle East, regional games in Asia and the American vision of world order. We also look at the role of technology and foreign policy in the digital era.
Week 2. US & China
In Week 2 we tackle the most important rivalry in modern international relations - that of the US and China. We begin with the introductory lecture, where I outline the arguments of Graham Alison's Destine for War. In this seminal book, Alison takes us on a journey through history, beginning with ancient Athens and Sparta. He argues that the US - China rivalry is, in fact, a profound threat to international peace. He calls this predicament a Thucydides’ Trap. It's important we understand what he means and how it applies to modern times.
Week 3. Who Rules the World?
In Week 3 we engage with one of the most impactful modern intellectuals, Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is as insightful on contemporary geopolitics as he is controversial. We begin with a brief introductory lecture, where I outline the arguments of Chomsky's Who Rules the World? We learn about his unique perspective on international terrorism, American decline, nuclear proliferation and who poses the greatest threat to international peace. Anyone who claims to understand modern geopolitics must learn about Chomsky's alternative vision of world politics.
Week 4. South China Sea
In Week 4 we explore the hotbed of modern geopolitical rivalry, that is the South China Sea. Numerous powerful interests collide in this region and the slightest spark can spiral into the global conflict. We begin with a brief introductory lecture where I outline the arguments of Robert Kaplan's Asia's Cauldron. In this seminal volume, Kaplan takes us on a journey through the region. China's role is of course central here, but other regional and global players are active too and the United States is not ready to give up its influence.
Week 5. Europe & Russia
In Week 5 we ask what went wrong in relations between Europe and Russia since the end of the Cold War. From friendly to hostile, the Europe-Russia relations deteriorated sharply in the last 20 years. Whose fault is it? How to fix it? We begin with a brief introductory lecture, where I share key arguments from my own book European Security in Integration Theory. I argue that the war in Ukraine in 2014 exposed the same dilemmas that Europe had to face throughout 20th century and that Europe and Russia must work out solution for a stable security order in Europe.
Week 6. COVID-19 & Geopolitics
In Week 6 we explore the geopolitical consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. What emerged as a global health crisis, quickly spiralled into the global geopolitical rivalry, with China challenging the US for the world's foremost 'soft power'. We begin with a brief introductory lecture where I outline the arguments of Fareed Zakaria's Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World. What kind of world will emerge from the global pandemic? Is it the nail to the coffin of American global leadership? Can China transform itself into a global soft power?
– “So, how much will it cost?”
The tuition fee for this course will depend on how many students enrol, but I can tell you it will not cost more than a few standard textbooks. The cost of a single university module starts from £450 and that does not include any other fees and associated costs. This course will cost less than that.
– “But Kamil, I have no background in International Relations or Geopolitics!”
That’s no problem at all. This course is designed in a way that both beginners and more advanced participants can understand and follow the course. We begin each session with a brief lecture where I explain the key ideas and concepts, making sure everyone understands the material.
– “But I am shy and don’t really want to speak in front of others.”
That’s totally OK. Some of the students in the course feel more comfortable speaking up, others just sit, listen and enjoy the course. I never put anyone on the spot by calling their name and asking questions directly to individual students.
– “But I don’t really have time to read all the books we will discuss”
I understand, we all have our time constraints. That’s OK. Some students manage to read the books in full, others only browse them quickly or don’t manage to open them at all. At the beginning of each session I summarise the contents of the book to make sure we are all on the same page.
– “But what if I don’t like the course?”
If you are serious about educating yourself on Global Geopolitics, you will love the course. I am absolutely confident about that. Still, if for any reason, after Week 1 you decide that the course is not for you, I will give you 100% of your money back. In that case your Week 1 session will be free, so there is 0 risk for you.
– “I am working on a project related to International Relations. Can you help?”
Yes, in addition to enrolling on the course, you can also book me 1-on-1 to work on any project related to International Relations, Geopolitics, Security, etc. This can include an essay, dissertation, PhD proposal, university application or even job application.