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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 if the content of the program meets your goals and interests, and if the structure of the program is manageable given your other commitments.
These are 3-credit graduate level courses, and 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 2 courses/6 credits allowed). All course options count towards either the International Relations or a Conflict Resolution Master's degree.
Non Degree Registration is currently closed. Check back in December for spring 2018 options.
Following are examples of what we may offer:
Intro to 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.
Conflict in Africa
This class will review the problems of state development in Africa, and the extent to which democratic solutions can resolve those problems. We will do so by examining two broad themes in the literature on African politics: political structures and political cultures. Political structures are the formal systems and institutions created to govern these states, and we will spend most of our time looking at democratic institutions and the governance problems they face. Political cultures, on the other hand, are the informal patterns of political behavior shared by groups of people within these states, which reflect the values and experiences shared by these groups to some degree. Although formal institutions may democratize, the patterns of political behavior (political cultures) change more slowly, posing a number of dilemmas for proponents of democratic solutions to Africa’s problems of governance.
Global Health and Development
The course examines the evolution, key concepts and practice of global health as an emergent field. It is concerned with engaging and exploring the dominant themes, key relationships, and central questions that radiate from the trans-disciplinary field of global health. The aim is for students to critically engage the global public health questions and concerns introduced in the course. Students will apply analytical thinking skills to understand a range of global public health and development problems and trends, implications, and responses.
This course provides an overview of peace education as it is situated within the broader peace-building and conflict resolution fields. The fundamental premise of the 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 by drawing on examples of peace education initiatives in formal, non-formal and informal education settings. We will address both the theoretical foundations of peace education and its practice, focusing not only on the substantive focus of peace education initiatives but also peace-focused pedagogy. We will also address the challenges of implementing peace education in areas of ongoing conflict.
"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.
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.