Business, International Relations and the Political Economy online certificate course


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8 weeks online (excl. orientation)
7 - 10 hours per week
GBP £1,900Payment Options
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
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“Economic activity is projected to pick up pace in 2017 and 2018, especially in emerging market and developing economies. However, there is a wide dispersion of possible outcomes around the projections, given uncertainty surrounding the policy stance of the incoming U.S. administration and its global ramifications.”
The International Monetary Fund1

In a world defined by globalisation, a rising populist sentiment and sociopolitical uncertainty, a profound understanding of the global economy has never been more vital.

Business leaders, investment managers, entrepreneurs and global citizens alike need to be able to analyse global events from multiple perspectives – allowing them to interpret and plan for the business effects of such changes.

This online certificate course from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) helps you to evolve your way of thinking. In doing so, you’ll not only cut to the core of global affairs, you’ll learn to use them to your advantage.


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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) online, and be empowered to:

  • Apply the analytical and problem solving techniques used by internationally respected LSE academics who specialise in the disciplines of international relations, political science and macroeconomics
  • Identify and maximise the opportunities – and mitigate the business risks – associated with globalisation and a global economy
  • Understand and participate in some of the most pressing academic debates centred around the challenges of globalisation
  • Cultivate an ability to analyse events from different perspectives in order to make strategic business decisions
  • Propose a business and/or investment strategy for an organisation that wants to expand internationally, using your newfound understanding of the political, social, economic, technological and environmental shifts that have taken place since the 19th century
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 turn global news into insights and strategies as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

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

Course Convenor

The design of this online course is led by LSE faculty who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Robert Falkner


Associate Professor of International Relations

Robert Falkner is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Robert is one of the School’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.



Professor Chris Alden


Professor of International Relations

Professor Michael Cox


Emeritus Professor of International Relations

Professor Saul Estrin


Professor of Management

Earn a certificate of competence from LSE

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate of competence from The London School of Economics and Political Science – the world's leading social science university – and use it to validate your newfound critical thinking skills and enhanced managerial competencies.

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 the stipulated requirements. The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.

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    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    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 Manager 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 Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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