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World 101 from the Council on Foreign Relations

World 101 from the Council on Foreign Relations

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World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations ( is a free modular course that breaks down the fundamentals of international relations and foreign policy through relatable multimedia content and stories that help students understand what lies at the core of the most important, enduring topics and issues along with why these topics matter and how they are relevant.

  • The goal of World101 is to introduce users to the essential issues, forces, and actors of twenty-first century global affairs by examining how they interact to shape world events.

  • World101 modules are extremely flexible. The videos, charts, essays, timelines, and other multimedia that comprise a module can be accessed and shared individually or reviewed as a whole. Modules can also be grouped in endless combinations. Review of content in a single module, soup to nuts, should take just under an hour. Each module comes with a library of teaching resources for instructors who wish to use World101 in their classrooms.

The World101 library will expand over the next two years to include approximately 50 modules that fall into six units:

Global Era Issues builds a working knowledge of today’s pressing international issues, including globalization, terrorism, climate change, nuclear proliferation, migration, cybersecurity, global health, trade & investment, currency & monetary policy, and development.

Regions of the World will explore the world, broken into the six regions of the Greater Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific, through six lenses - historical, economic, political, geopolitical, people and society, and U.S. foreign policy toward the region.

Historical Context will explain how past events continue to shape today’s conversations and decisions.

How the World Works (and Doesn’t Work) will define fundamental ideas in international relations and foreign policy with topics that include sovereignty, civil war and internal conflict, war between countries, alliances & coalitions, the United Nations and other political institutions, international law, and agreements & treaties.

Approaches and Tools of Foreign Policy will highlight the fundamental choices that invariably confront the United States, and explain the tools used to implement policies, including sanctions, foreign assistance, armed force, arms control, deterrence, nation building & peacekeeping, and intelligence.

The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, which focuses on the powers and role of the President/Executive Branch, the interagency process led by the National Security Council, the role of Congress, and the larger political context, including political parties, media, public opinion, and interest groups.

For more information on World101 from the Council on Foreign Relations visit our website.