World 101 from the Council on Foreign Relations's picture

World 101 from the Council on Foreign Relations 

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.

Resources 14
Views 3,373
Downloads 634

14 items

Model Diplomacy Pop-Up Case: Coronavirus Response
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Model Diplomacy Pop-Up Cases: Coronavirus Response Pop-up cases are short, one-page scenarios based on issues reverberating in the news today. Use...
What is Migration?
  • Social Studies
  • High School
What is migration? Migration means different things for individuals, countries, economies, and the world. Though migration is not a new phenomenon,...
What is Climate Change?
This video lesson aids educators in teaching climate change. Students will learn why the climate is changing, what it means for us, and what we can...
An Introduction to the National Security Council
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Two former National Security Advisors and a former member of the NSC Staff – Stephen Hadley, Colin Powell, and Meghan O’Sullivan– discuss the purpose...
Monetary Policy and Currencies
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Monetary policy might sound like the province of economists alone, but its effects are all around us. Have you ever winced at rising prices or taken...
What Is Nuclear Proliferation?
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Why do countries develop nuclear weapons—and what is being done to stop the spread of these weapons? Simply put, a nuclear war could end most life on...
What is NATO?
  • Social Studies
  • High School
What is NATO? The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance between 29 countries in North America and Europe, including Turkey...
Global Health: Lesson Plan and Essay Discussion Questions
Over the last century, great progress has been made in the field of global health. The world is, on balance, much healthier. Global life expectancy...
Model Diplomacy Pop-Up Case: Election Security
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Pop-up cases are short, one-page scenarios based on issues reverberating in the news today. Use one of the cases below to spark discussion and put...
The Aftermath of the Pandemic: Global Recession Recovery
  • Social Studies
  • High School
Model Diplomacy Pop-Up Cases Pop-up cases are short, one-page scenarios based on issues reverberating in the news today. Use one of the cases below...