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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.

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Following are examples of what might be offered as non-degree options. 

Introductory Conflict Resolution Theory 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.

Introductory [conflict resolution] Theory (online/asynchronous)
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.

Online Dispute Resolution 
Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is the use of technology to help people prevent, manage, and resolve disputes. ODR has been growing steadily over the past twenty years, driven mainly by the expansion of eCommerce, but the pandemic has accelerated this growth markedly as face-to-face options for dispute resolution have evaporated. In this course, you'll be introduced to ODR, learn about the latest developments in the field, and view ODR technology in action. This class will also address some of the complex challenges raised by the growth of ODR, including ethical and practice dilemmas, as well as outlining emerging best practices and procedural safeguards.

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.

International Development 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.

Issues In World Politics 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  ''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 INTREL 638L are the same course.

Conflict, Peace & Education  The fundamental premise of this course is that education, broadly defined, has the potential to contribute to transformation of conflict, just as it can contribute to the perpetuation of violence and structural inequalities. Over the course of the semester, we will explore the potential role of education in peace building and conflict transformation as well as its role in maintaining and furthering conflict. We will do this by discussing education practice and policy, drawing on examples in formal, non-formal and informal education settings. We will also address both substance and pedagogy in the educational realm and how these can serve to maintain or transform conflict.

Conflict Resolution Systems for Organizations 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.

Gender, Health & Sexuality Gender, health and sexuality are key constructs that intersect to affect the security, wellbeing and capabilities of individuals and societies. Gender is a term used to describe characteristics of women and men that are socially constructed, learned and performed. Gender refers to social relationships in terms of roles, activities, attributes, behaviors and opportunities, based on differential levels of power. The purpose of this course is to analyze the construction, practice and implications of the gender, health and sexuality intersection today, using multi-disciplinary approaches. At the center of our inquiry is the social construction and shaping of gender and sexuality through norms, expectations, behaviors and social systems, including systems of marginalization and exploitation that generate inequity and injustice. We will employ different theories, frameworks and literatures to consider these intersections, and the increasing, negative effects for selected groups and populations, including: insecurity, inequity, risk of disease, bias, stigma, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes. Building on linkages with human security and human development, we will identify novel approaches and innovations to inform global and national gender, health and sexuality research and policy agendas that advance social justice and health equity.