Take a Class

Many potential students get to know our programs by enrolling to take a single course with us. This is a great way to “sample” the programs before applying. It lets you assess whether the content of the program meets your goals and interests and if the structure of the program is manageable given your other commitments. 

All classes are 3-credits unless otherwise noted.  These graduate level courses require that students have completed a bachelor's degree in order to enroll. If you take a course as a non-degree student, earn a grade of B or better, and are later admitted to one of our degree programs the credits earned will be counted towards your degree (maximum of 6 credits allowed).  All course options can count towards:

Please visit the tuition and fee page of the Bursar’s Office website for up-to-date information regarding the cost to take a class. Note: New England regional rate is not applicable for non-degree students.

Registration for Fall 2019 open now! Click here for International Relations option  

Conflict Resolution themed options:

Negotiation (ConRes 621)

Thursday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Jeff Pugh

Negotiation is the bedrock skill in this field. The course addresses the development of negotiation techniques and fosters student knowledge of the substantial body of negotiation theory that is now available.

Introduction to Conflict Resolution Theory (ConRes 623)

Monday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Karen Ross

This course examines the theories and assumptions underpinning the practice of negotiation and mediation. It identifies the major schools of thought that influence models in practice and shape research agendas. It examines theories critically, with three aims-uncovering implicit assumptions of practice, testing those assumptions against empirical evidence or other theories, and gleaning insights to assist practitioners. 

Court Mediation Internship (ConRes 690)

Thursday: 5:30 -8:15 pm, David Matz & Doug Thompson

This 6 credit class requires attending a 2-day orientation and then a combination of an in-class mediation seminar plus mediating in Boston area small claims court 1 half day per week for the entire semester.   Students mediate cases, under close faculty supervision and each day of mediation is followed by a debriefing session with the supervisor. The mediation seminar and orientation is part of the internship. The seminar enables students to compare mediating experiences, focus on particular problem areas encountered by mediators, and re-examine theoretical concepts.  Approval to take this class may require a phone interview. Note that a maximum of 6 credits can be taken as a non-degree student.  This course is 6 credits so would be the only non-degree class you can take.

Conflict Resolution in Organizations (ConRes 625)

Tuesday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, David Matz

This course examines different systems for managing conflict. The system may exist in a large corporation, or between two or among many nations, between labor and management, or within a family. The system may be explicit and clear, informal and invisible, or both. The system may be effective or not. The course explores different kinds of conflict management systems and criteria for measuring their effectiveness and discusses the analysis and design of dispute managing systems.

Conflict, Peace & Education (ConRes 603)

Wednesday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Karen Ross

This course builds on the introductory courses and examines the resolution of conflict in different contexts.

International Relations Options: 

Globalization and Sovereignty (GGHS 797)

Monday: 3 - 5:45 pm, Samuel Barkin

This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical background and analytical tools with which to address the questions below, with reference to issues of security, human rights, and political economy.

Sovereignty is a central organizing feature of contemporary international relations. Yet by some accounts, sovereignty is being undermined in contemporary international relations by processes of globalization. Understanding the relationship between sovereignty and globalization is a necessary step in understanding broader patterns of contemporary global politics. Are processes of globalization necessarily antithetical to sovereign statehood? To what extent is globalization actually undermining sovereignty? And to what extent that it is, is it a good thing or a bad thing? Through what normative lenses should we be viewing the relationship between these two concepts?  

Issues in World Politics (INTREL 612)

Monday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Leila Farsakh

This seminar focuses on contemporary policy problems relevant to world politics. A critical examination of these global policy problems permits the application of key concepts and theories of international relations from a variety of different perspectives at the domestic, national, and international levels. Typically, this course focuses on selected regions or issues as illustrations of broader themes in world affairs.

Global Governance (INTREL 638L / ConRes 638L) 

Tuesday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Ursula Tafe

''Global governance'' refers both to something empirical—''what (limited) world government we have''—and to an approach to the study of global problems, one that highlights the economic and cultural contexts of political globalization and foregrounds the questions of whether and how current processes can be made more effective. Students will become familiar with the variety of theoretical approaches to global governance and knowledgeable about its context, including the globalization of industrial capitalism in which global governance emerged, and about its empirics, what it is today. Students' final papers and in-class presentations will investigate the prospects for reform of global governance in an issue area of their choice.ConRes 638L and PUBADM 638L are the same courses.

International Development (INTREL 621) 

Wednesday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Luis Jimenez

This course examines the major concepts and theories necessary for a critical understanding of the social, political, and economic problems and possibilities facing countries in their quest for development. While exploring the domestic determinants of development, the course also considers the role of international institutions and the most powerful countries in shaping the policy options of developing countries, with particular attention to the process of globalization as a recent contributor to the problem of underdevelopment.

Theories of IR (INTREL 611) 

Thursday: 5:30 - 8:15 pm, Michelle Jurkovich

This course provides students with an introduction to the major explanatory theories and core concepts that define international relations as a field of study. It identifies key agents, examines the historical evolution of international systems, and describes processes and institutions that contribute to various forms of international conflict and its resolution. This course provides a foundation for a more specialized course in international relations.