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World economy: online courses

This page provides an overview of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on world economy, international finance and trade, the activities of international economic organizations.

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The Global Financial Crisis

The causes, events, policy responses, and aftermath of the recent global financial crisis are investigated.

Duration: 11 weeks, 4–6 hours/week.
Language: English.
Yale University; Coursera.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. Introduction to the global financial crisis. The common causes of financial crises.
Week 2. Housing and mortgages.
Week 3. Safe assets and the global savings glut.
Week 4. The housing crisis.
Week 5–6. Anxiety.
Week 7. Panic.
Week 8. Our responses to the crisis.
Week 9. Responding to future crises.
Week 10. Europe in the global financial crisis.
Week 11. The Eurozone crisis.

Global Strategy I: How the Global Economy Works

The course helps to understand the forces of globalization and how cross-cultural management and the relationship of a multinational organization to various host countries are becoming more and more critical in today’s global economy.

Duration: 4 weeks, 4 hours/week.
Language: English.
Provider: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Coursera.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. How did we get here? Why does it matter? The three stages of globalization, characteristics of the current globalization.
Week 2. The big disappointment: the world did not converge. Cultural, administrative, economic differences.
Week 3. Why we trade and how we do it.
Week 4. Why do we have multinationals? What determines the type of multinational?

Global Strategy II: Doing Business in the Global Economy

This course explores the ways firms overcome challenges when operating globally.

Duration: 4 weeks, 4 hours/week.
Language: English.
Provider: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Coursera.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. How should firms operate globally? What determines their global strategy?
Week 2. Entering global markets: aggressively? cautiously? big? small?
Week 3. Entry strategies of multinational corporations.
Week 4. How do multinationals strategize in an increasingly complex political environment?

Global Trends for Business and Society

The course teaches to analyze rapidly changing global trends, their effects on consumer and labour markets, financial systems, and geopolitical relationships among countries all over the world.

Duration: 4 weeks, 12 hours/week.
Language: English.
Provider: The University of Pennsylvania; Coursera.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. People and markets around the world.
Week 2. Money around the world.
Week 3. Global economic and financial imbalances.
Week 4. The shifting geopolitical landscape.

International Business, part I

This course provides an understanding of the socioeconomic, political, cultural, and linguistic environment in which international businesses operate.

Duration: 6 weeks, 3–6 hours/week.
Languages: English, Spanish; subtitles available in English.
Provider: University of New Mexico; Coursera.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. What is globalization?
Week 2. Is globalization new?
Week 3. How do political and social institutions impact national economic development?
Week 4. What is the role of culture?
Week 5. What are the gains from trade?
Week 6. Free trade, free-r trade or managed trade?

International Business, part II

This course focuses on starting, growing, and managing businesses in international environment content.

Duration: 6 weeks, 3–6 hours/week.
Languages: English, Spanish; subtitles available in English.
Provider: University of New Mexico; Coursera.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. What are foreign currencies and how are exchange rates determined?
Week 2. How should you organize your business abroad?
Week 3. How do you adapt your product or service for the international market?
Week 4. What is it like to work abroad and how do you manage expatriates?
Week 5. How to start, operate and grow a small or entrepreneurial business in the global environment?
Week 6. What is the current state of the global business environment?

International Trade

This course takes a look at the basic theories of international trade and the consequences of trade in today’s global economy.

Duration: 6 hours, 60 videos.
Language: English.
Provider: George Mason University; MRUniversity.

Course introduction video.

Course syllabus:
1. Introduction to international trade.
2. International trade and trade restrictions.
3. International trade and the firm.
4. International trade and the factors of production.
5. Consequences of international trade.
6. Exam.

Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet

The course will introduce you to traditional macroeconomic principles and tools and their applications in the age of sustainable development and the wave of globalization.

Duration: 13 weeks, 2–4 hours/week.
Language: English; subtitles available in English and Russian.
Provider: SDG Academy; edX.

Course introduction video.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. Introduction to Macroeconomics.
Week 2–3. Output determination and employment.
Week 4. Labour markets.
Week 5. Money and central banking.
Week 6. Exchange rate themes.
Week 7. Financial markets and financial crises.
Week 8. Inflation, unemployment and stabilization.
Week 9. Consumption, saving and investment.
Week 10. Fiscal policy and institutions.
Week 11. Open economy issues.
Week 12. Economic growth.
Week 13. Globalization.

Political Economy of Institutions and Development

Course participants will consider how politics and economics are interconnected, what makes some countries wealthier than others, what role international organizations play in the world economy.

Duration: 11 weeks, 2–4 hours/week.
Language: English; subtitles in French.
Provider: Leiden University; Coursera.

Course introduction video.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. Introduction.
Week 2. Data used in political economy.
Week 3. Trust.
Week 4. Society and fragmentation.
Week 5. Governance.
Week 6. Economic development.
Week 7. Globalization.
Week 8. International organizations.
Week 9. Non governmental actors.
Week 10. Final exam.
Week 11. Extra material.

SDG: Moving Towards Sustainable Work

The course explores the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and mechanisms for developing decent and sustainable work.

Duration: 5 weeks, 2–3 hours/week.
Language: English.
Provider: Charles III University of Madrid; edX.

Course introduction video.

Course syllabus:
Week 1–2. New challenges for decent work. Digital economy. The impact of robot revolution on employment.
Week 3. Diversity management.
Week 4. Decent work and protection against poverty.
Week 5. New forms of works, well-being and work health.

The Sustainable Development Goals – A Global, Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future

The course offers a historical overview of how sustainability has been understood, as well as a thorough introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

Duration: 3 weeks, 2–4 hours/week.
Language: English.
Provider: University of Copenhagen; Coursera.

Course introduction video.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. Sustainable Development as a Global Goal.
Week 2. Managing human impacts on the natural world.
Week 3. Social sustainability and the way forward.

Transforming Our World: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

This course gives an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015. It helps to understand why they are important and how to achieve them.

Duration: 1 week, 2–4 hours.
Language: English.
Provider: SDG Academy; edX.

Course introduction video.

Course syllabus:
1. Getting to know the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2. Sustainable Development Plans.
3. Technology, innovation and the SDGs.
4. Good governance and the SDGs.
5. Business and the SDGs.
6. Universities and the SDGs.

Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy

This course discusses what global workers’ rights are and which instruments and strategies can be used to implement them.

Duration: 7 weeks, 3–4 hours/week.
Language: English.
Provider: Global Labour University, Penn State University; Iversity.

Course introduction video.

Course syllabus:
Week 1. The concept of global workers’ rights.
Week 2. Introduction to international labour standards.
Week 3. Supervision of international labour standards.
Week 4. Freedom of association and collective bargaining.
Week 5. Access to rights for workers in informal and precarious employment.
Week 6. Company responsibility to respect international labour standards: norms, standards, principles.
Week 7. Trade union strategies for promoting international labour standards in global supply chains.

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