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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 toward either the International Relations or a Conflict Resolution degree.

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If interested: 

  1. Click the Take a Class button and complete the request form.  
  2. We will review your request and let you know in mid December if you have been approved to take the class. 
  3. Then, complete the free online non-degree application to create or reactivate a UMass ID number/account.
  4. Once your UMass ID is created or reactivated, email and we will register you for the course.

Registration allowed on a space available basis. Priority is given to matriculated students.

Course fees for fall 2015 (for 3 credit course) were approximately $2015.10 for residents of Massachusetts and $3,889.50 for non-residents. Contact the UMass Boston Bursar’s Office for updated information.

Spring 2016 options


Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:15 p.m.(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.

Public Dispute Resolution                                

Mondays 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. (ConRes 676) This class will meet off campus at the UMass Center located at One Beacon Street, Boston

This 3-credit course is for conflict resolution, public policy and global governance students, public officials and mediators interested in learning how municipal, state, and federal governments can work collaboratively, manage conflicts, and build consensus with public, private and nonprofits actors and citizens around complex social problems using public dispute resolution and consensus-building theories and approaches. You will learn how these methods contribute to increasing trust in government, public participation, good governance, civility and government efficiency.

Education and Conflict (online course)                                

Asynchronous (postings throughout the week) ConRes 697 #13014:

Special Topics: Education and Conflict (online course) with Karen Ross This course explores the intersection between education and conflict, specifically focusing on the role of education in promoting/mitigating conflict and the way that conflict shapes education. Readings and discussion will focus on conflict broadly defined, including socio-economic and racial conflict in Boston and the United States as well as violent conflicts in international contexts

Conflict Systems for Organizations

Tuesdays 5:30 – 8:15 p.m. (ConRes 625)

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

Advanced Negotiation/Mediation: Trauma Violence and Conflict Resolution

Mondays 5:30 – 8:15 p.m. (ConRes 603)

This course will examine the classification of violence; its forms and motivations; governance and regulation of violence; its physical, psychological and political effects and uses; and approaches to non-violence. It will address questions such as: whether all violence can be considered political; the changing social construction of violence; how a context of violence tends to bifurcate thinking and ways of knowing; how violence becomes enculturated; and whether it can be seen as a form of communication. It considers individual and collective state and non-state violent actors; normative and legal definitions and contexts of violence; and how violence is legitimized or de-legitimized. The effects of violence are considered in historical perspective, the effects of war on populations, the aftermath of political violence for combatants, and the changing understandings of the impact of violence on individuals.

Advanced Intervention: Post Conflict Reconstruction & Reconciliation

Thursdays 5:30 – 8:15 p.m. (ConRes 626)

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the diversity of challenges that arise after peace settlements following long-term conflicts and insurgencies where political terror and counter-terrorist measures have been employed. For the purposes of this module, three conflicts and peace processes will be examined. Two, namely South Africa and Northern Ireland, can be considered post conflict, and one, Israel-Palestine is still a conflict zone. Course material will be organized under three broad headings, namely Security and Governance, Psycho-social aspects, and Structural aspects of post conflict reconstruction. The course will examine issues and challenges within peace processes and reconstruction in the light of their significance for establishing political stability and a functioning civil society in the post settlement period.

Global Health and Development

Tuesdays 4 – 6:45 p.m.(GGHS 716)

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.

International Political Economy

Tuesdays 5:30 – 8:15 p.m (PubAdm 634)

The course engages students in a study of the relationship between economics and politics in the public affairs of humankind as influenced by global institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization; non-governmental organizations such as multinational corporations, local business partnerships, workers unions; and political entities such as national, regional, and global governance systems. The course also includes an interdisciplinary focus on the role of theory; the structures of knowledge, technology, and security; the behavior of consumers; and the mobilization of values as well as opinions expressive of those values.

Advanced Studies in International Relations:

Democratic Government and Development

Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:15 p.m. (PubAdm 681)

This course will review some of the most important developments in efforts to improve the promotion of democratic governance in developing countries over the past decade and a half, and the history of law reform initiatives as a significant part of the democracy-building assistance agenda.  It will explore whether formal law is in fact critical to development: and if so, in what kinds of societies, at what stages of development, under what kinds of political circumstances, through which kind of modalities, and through what kinds of programs. Students will be asked to examine critically a specific recent rule of law program while offering recommendations to improve its chances for longer-term success.