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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 allowed).
All course options count towards either the International Relations or a Conflict Resolution Master's degree. Only Negotiation and Introductory Theory can count towards a Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate degree.
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- We will review your request and let you know if you have been approved to take the class.
- Then, complete the free online non-degree application to create or reactivate a UMass ID number/account.
- Once your UMass ID is created or reactivated, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will register you for the course.
Registration allowed on a space available basis. Priority is given to matriculated students. Registration will open over the summer, contact email@example.com for more information.
Please Note: All course options listed are eligible for credit to be transferred towards either the International Relations MA or the Conflict Resolution Master's degree. The only courses eligible to be transferred towards a Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate are Negotiation and Introductory Theory.
Please note that dates and times are subject to change
Wednesday 5:30-8:15pm. (ConRes 621)
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.
Thursday 5:30-8:15pm. (ConRes 623)
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 Workgroups
Monday 4:15-6:45pm. (ConRes 636)
This course provides the participant with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of work groups, with an emphasis on processes of conflict within them, and to develop skills to deal constructively with intra- and inter- group conflict. Class sessions will deal with conceptual issues in a combination of lecture and seminar-discussion format, drawing from various literatures on groups. Students will also participate in weekly meetings with a small workgroup, consisting of a sub-set of the class, which will offer an opportunity to study group processes in vivo with the aid of a facilitator.
Advanced Negotiation/Mediation Immigration and Conflict
Tuesday 5:30-8:15pm. (ConRes 603)
This course explores the conflicts that emerge as a result of intergroup encounters 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 receptivity 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 conflict between immigrants and the host population, including interpersonal approaches like dialogue, training, trauma awareness, and cross-cultural mediation, as well as system-level approaches like advocacy, human rights accompaniment, 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 2016 U.S. presidential elections. It will also study examples including; the 2006 pro-immigration marches in LA and elsewhere; the Minutemen and the Arizona immigration law; the struggle between 'welcome refugees' movements vs. nationalism in Germany; xenophobic violence in South Africa; and relatively progressive policies toward Colombian refugees in Ecuador, among others.
Contemporary Issues in the World Politics
Wednesday 5:30-8:15pm. (PUBADM 632)
This seminar focuses on current, major issues with an international dimension and/or global impact and with salience for the emerging patterns of world politics. While engaging in critical analysis of current issues, it examines the broader conceptual context and analytic framework which explain interactions among nations. Weekly reports based on assigned readings as well as a major research paper pursue distinct goals: the critical utilization of concepts; the refinement of analytic tools; the examination of different perspectives (national, international, global community); policy analysis.
Corruption, Government Integrity & Development Cancelled Wednesday 5:30-8:15pm. (PUBADM 697) The course is designed to introduce students to the problem of corruption and provide them with skills for assessing vulnerabilities to corruption in government institutions; introduce remedial approaches, including tools and strategies to mitigate some of the basic principal-agent problems that give rise to most corruption vulnerabilities; and build knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to become effective advocates for appropriate anti-corruption strategies and initiatives, including public engagement supporting accountability and transparency.