What will you learn?
The Modern Commonwealth will provide you with a greater
awareness of the organisation and its 53-member states,
including knowledge of the opportunities its networks offer,
whether in a personal or professional capacity.
On the world stage, the Commonwealth represents some 2.4
billion people living in both advanced economies and developing
countries, and in many cases providing strength to some of the
smallest states of the world. It is presently made up of
Throughout that time, the Commonwealth has been in a constant
process of evolution and reconfiguration. From its focus on
racial justice and development in the 1970s-1990s to its modern
emphasis on support for democracy and good governance, the
Commonwealth has faced many internal and external challenges
but has always proven useful as a vehicle for addressing crises
and long term issues around capacity building and change.
This course will lead you through the history, membership,
structure, and purpose of the Commonwealth from its foundation
in 1949 to the present day. Designed by
Dr Sue Onslow, an authority on the Commonwealth, the course
comprises three interactive modules that you can compete at
your own pace:
Origins and Significance
What is the Commonwealth?
The Commonwealth and its member states