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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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Registration for spring 2022 is now open.

Following are the courses being offered as non-degree options. 

ConRes 603 Gender and Conflict #1374. Instructor: Anna Agathangelou. Tuesdays 5:30 - 8:15PM

This course is about gender/feminist and critical perspectives to negotiation. Gender and other axes of power influence and structure individual and community lives, shape everyday experiences and the strategies people choose to negotiate conflict and violence. Such choices and constraints are mediated by gendered and racialized institutions, norms, and policies. In this course, we try to disentangle how these experiences and choices are shaped by different institutional settings and sites in which gender and racialized conflicts are being negotiated—in families, workplaces, organizations such as the university or the digital world, in local/national and geopolitical spheres. The purpose of the course is to provide theoretical and empirical tools about negotiation in different settings. It draws on approaches from political science, conflict studies, law, and business, and is supplemented by scholarly works on applied gendered, feminist and decolonial approaches to negotiation. Students will learn about the multiple settings in which gender and other axes of power (i.e., race, class, ability etc.) inform and shape negotiation. In addition to readings, there will be inclass exercises designed to help students understand negotiation approaches, how gender informs and shapes them, as well as acquire critical negotiation skills to use in multiple settings.

ConRes 690: Mediation (Court) Internship / Mediation Certification:

You must have some level of negotiation experience to take this class. This 6 credit court mediation internship includes 40 hours of classroom training (some Saturdays) and more than 30 hours of district court mediation, mentoring, and evaluation, meeting all the requirements of the Guidelines for Implementation of Qualification Standards for Neutrals, adopted January 24, 2004, pursuant to Rule 8 of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution.  In addition to class, students spend one half-day per week in court, with an on-site supervisor/coach, for 4 full months. There is also a required 2-day pre-court training workshop. Students are placed in District Courts in Quincy and Dorchester. All of the courts are accessible by public transportation. 

ConRes 626-01 Large Group Methods #9179. Instructor: Kew, Darren R. Wednesdays 5:30 - 8:15 pm

Group conflicts are characterized by increased complexity, quicker rates of escalation to violence, and longer time frames than individual-level conflicts, creating a greater tendency for stagnation and intractability. In recent years, an increasing number of scholars and practitioners of conflict resolution have sought to develop methods to manage conflicts among large numbers of people. This course seeks to present some of the most popular such methods in the field and to hear from some of the professionals who utilize them. We will begin with a brief review of some of the theoretical roots of approaches to group conflict in order to understand the logic behind the methods. We will then move quickly to review several key methods over the course of the semester. Students will be required to have read class readings assigned for the day, and to participate substantively in class discussion. Students will also be required to submit a final project for the class.

ConRes 626-02CE Advanced Intervention: Collaborative Governance #13616. Instructor: Palihapitiya Gamage, Madhawa P. Online Asynchronous 

Actors in local, state, and federal governments must find ways to work collaboratively, manage conflicts, and build consensus on ways to address complex social programs with other public actors as well as with private and nonprofit organizations, citizen groups, and other stakeholders. This is often a challenging task, particularly when dealing with high conflict, competition, and distrust between stakeholders, and when practiced poorly can impede rather than promote effective action. On the other hand, collaboration can be vital to creating and implementing sustainable, successful policies.

ConRes 624 Cross-Cultural Conflict #13613. Instructor: O'Neill, Krystal-Gayle. Online Asynchronous

This course emphasizes the special characteristics of conflict based in religious, ethnic, national, or racial identity-conflicts that the field calls ''intractable.'' The primary focus of the course is on intervention techniques that have been used and that have been proposed for use in these settings.

GGHS 716 Global Health and Development: Concepts, Policies, and Practice #8669. Instructor: Sprague, Courtenay Creighton. Thursdays 4:00 - 6:45 pm

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.