Business, International Relations and the Political Economy online certificate course

Course starts 11 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
3 November 2020
Course Starts:
11 November 2020
8 weeks online (excl. orientation)
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
GBP £2,100
Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


In a world defined by globalisation, a rising populist sentiment, and sociopolitical uncertainty – a profound understanding of the global economy is increasingly important for any organisation to identify business opportunities and mitigate risks.

This online certificate course explores the various drivers of global change and the key events that have shaped the evolution of globalisation. You’ll analyse global power shifts, foreign policy, conflict and instability, and the disruptive forces that have influenced the world economy. You’ll learn to identify and maximise business opportunities, while navigating the challenges associated with globalisation. You’ll not only cut to the core of international affairs, you’ll learn to interpret and plan for such changes and use them for your business advantage.

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What will set you apart

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

  • Practical problem-solving techniques used by internationally respected LSE academics, to adapt and prepare your business strategy for the effects of global change
  • The ability to critically analyse global events from different perspectives in order to make strategic decisions
  • The skills to use your newfound understanding of globalisation to propose an investment strategy for an organisation that wants to expand internationally

Is this course for you?

This course is designed to provide CEOs, managers, C-suite executives, finance and investment professionals, entrepreneurs, advisors, and policy makers with the tools to analyse and interpret the effects of global events on their organisations. Additionally, this course appeals to anyone involved in international business or trade who needs to think strategically about the impact of global events on trade and strategies. It’s also valuable for anyone with a keen interest in current international relations, foreign policy, and the global economy.

CPD certification service logo This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points

Course curriculum

Learn to analyse global events and shifts, and anticipate their effects on business as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online certificate course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The evolution of globalisation 
  • Module 2 Business, production, and investment in the global economy
  • Module 3 Governing the global system
  • Module 4 Global power shifts
  • Module 5 Contesting globalisation
  • Module 6 Conflict and Instability
  • Module 7 Responding to disruptive forces
  • Module 8 Corporate responses to a changing global environment

Interpret and plan for global market change

This LSE online certificate course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider, GetSmarter. The design of this online course is led by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) faculty who, together with industry experts, will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Your Faculty Directors

The design of this online certificate course is guided by LSE faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Course Convenor

Robert Falkner

Dr Robert Falkner

Associate Professor of International Relations

Robert is one of LSE’s leading experts on international political economy and the role of business in international relations. He is the LSE Academic Director for the TRIUM MBA, ranked amongst the best eMBA programmes in the world by the Financial Times. Robert is the Research Director of LSE’s Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and has been extensively published on topics including environmental politics and climate policy.

Course Co-designers

Professor Chris Alden

Professor Chris Alden

Professor of International Relations

Professor Michael Cox

Professor Michael Cox

Emeritus Professor of International Relations

Professor Saul Estrin

Professor Saul Estrin

Professor of Management

Course Contributors

This course features video guest lectures from industry pioneers and leading experts in their field, allowing you to learn from the wisdom and experience of global authorities, and to see the real-world applications of the theory covered in this finance course. The contributors to this course include:

Jim O’Neill

Jim O’Neill

Former Chairman and Chief Economist of Goldman Sachs and former UK government minister

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times

Robert Wade

Robert Wade

Professor of Political Economy and Development at LSE

Sanusha Naidu

Sanusha Naidu

Author, academic and research specialist

Dr Finbarr Livesey

Dr Finbarr Livesey

Deputy Director of the MPhil in Public Policy at Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge

Earn a certificate from LSE

Study international relations and earn an official certificate of competence from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 11 November 2020.

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    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 work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.