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How the world works – or doesn’t. A workshop and lecture on International Relations for school students at Edge Hill University


Wednesday 1 November 2023

10.30am - 1.30pm



Headshot of Baroness Cathy Ashton

International Relations – the way countries relate to each other and the way international organisations work – shapes much of our everyday lives. 

War and conflict can cause migration, prevent imports, disrupt food supplies and cause global worries. Human rights abuses in one country can lead to organisations and countries getting involved to try to stop the abuse, leading to tensions at home and abroad. The use of forced labour and child labour in one country can lead to boycotts, throwing focus onto clothing manufacturers and other trade International law can affect or influence what we do or see at home. Did you know for example that it was a European Court of Human Rights ruling that kept paid political advertisements off UK television?

And running alongside all of this is the practice of diplomacy – negotiations and agreements worked out globally or between individual countries.

Cover of Catherine Ashton's 'And Then What? Inside Stories of 21st-Century Diplomacy'

This workshop will look at aspects of the international system. There will be a lecture on a major institution (such as the United Nations Security Council), a focus on a particular current case study and then a scenario exercise giving students the chance to explore options.

The workshop will be followed by a chance to hear from Baroness Cathy Ashton, who will be talking about her time in diplomacy as the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from 2009 to 2014. Baroness Ashton’s recent book (2023) is And then What: Inside Stories of 21st Century Diplomacy

This workshop is designed for students at Stage 10 and above (GCSE and/or A Level studies).

The visit, including workshop and Baroness Ashton’s lecture, will last from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Lunch will be provided for pupils and teachers.

The workshop will be delivered by one or more of the staff on the Edge Hill Politics degrees, which from 2024 will include BSc (Hons) Politics & International Relations.

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Who is this event for?

School students


If you’d like to book onto this event, please email or call 01695 584857.