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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. 

Non-degree is now open for 2021.  See course options on tabs below and fill out the survey found on the take a class button to request registration. 

Spring 2021 Class Options for non-degree students

Contact conresglobal@umb.edu for more information.

CONRES 693 Introductory Theory with Eben Weitzman: Wednesday, 1:00 PM

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.

CONRES 697 Special Topics: Environmental Conflict with Stacy D. VanDeveer: Wednesday, 5:30 PM

This course explores environmental issues and resources as sources of and contributors to conflict and as avenues and opportunities for conflict resolution and peace-making. Research and concepts from multiple disciplines, many world regions, and many environmental and resource challenges are included. Please contact stacy.vandeveer@umb.edu for more information.

INTREL 614 International Political Economy with Kiki Edozie: Wednesday, 5:30 PM

The course engages students in a study of the relationship between economics and politics in global affairs, applying interdisciplinary scholarship to explore the problem of scarcity and the development and functioning of international markets. Topics may include the behavior of institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization; non-governmental organizations such as multinational corporations, local business partnerships, and workers unions; and other political entities situated at the domestic, national, regional, and global levels.

GGHS 716 Global Health and Development: Concepts, Policies, and Practice with Courtenay Sprague: Thursday, 4:00 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

CONRES 624 Cross-Cultural Conflict with Darren Kew: Thursday, 5:30 PM

This course emphasizes the special characteristics of conflict based on 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.

CONRES 626 Immigration and Conflict (Advanced Intervention) with Jeffery Pugh: Tuesday, 5:30 PM

This course explores the conflicts that emerge when people move to a new host country, whether they are migrating in search of economic opportunity or fleeing violence and oppression. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the course examines the push and pull factors driving migration, as well as the economic and identity factors that explain host-country integration or exclusion. It delves into psychological theories of intergroup prejudice, identity formation, and ethnocentrism; sociological theories of networks, assimilation, and group threat, and political explanations of citizenship, political discourse, power, and international institutions to influence migration and refugee policy. The course examines different approaches to addressing the conflict between immigrants and the host population, including relationship-building, dialogue, training, trauma awareness, and cross-cultural mediation, as well as system-level approaches like advocacy, coalition-building, networked peacebuilding, public policy, and strategic nonviolent tactics. Drawing concrete case studies from a range of contexts, the course will especially examine anti-immigrant political discourse in the United States. It will also study examples including; Colombian and Venezuelan refugees in Ecuador; the 2006 pro-immigration marches in LA and elsewhere; the struggle between 'welcome refugees' movements vs. nationalism in Europe; and xenophobic violence in South Africa, among others.

Skills Practicum: Religious Peacebuilding with David Sulewski (2 Credits), May 26 - June 25

Conflict Resolution Skills Practicum: ConRes 698

Religious Peacebuilding with David Sulewski (2 Credits) May 26 – June 25, T/Th, 1:30p.m. - 4:00p.m. Religion plays a crucial, but ambivalent, role in international affairs as a contributor to both peace and conflict. While introducing students to the analytical study of religion, peace and conflict on the world stage, this course focuses on religion’s positive contributions by acquainting students with theoretical concepts and practices of religious peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Through classroom lectures, discussions, reading assignments, guest lectures, and multimedia, students will survey the contemporary peacebuilding approaches of many of the world’s religions and delve into case studies of religious actors and organizations engaged in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

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.