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Non-Degree Registration - available spring and fall semesters

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. 

Please visit the tuition and fee page of the  Bursar’s Office for up to date information regarding the cost to take a class.

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Spring 2017 Options (this is an example of course selections - check back for fall 2017 choices)

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.

Please note that dates and times are subject to change

Trauma, Violence and Conflict Resolution with Marie Breen-Smyth

Thursdays 5:30 - 8:15. (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.

Conflict Resolution and Literature with Rajini Srikanth  

This course centers on emotion and emotional nuance within the realm of conflict resolution, The goal of this course is to  understand how literary texts present scenarios that enable the discussion of volatile and turbulent motivations that characterize conflict. Literature also allows for a discussion of asymmetrical power among the parties in a conflict, and in doing so enables introspection – a necessary pre-condition for meaningful engagement with the “other.”

Global Health and Development with Courtenay Sprague

Tuesday 5:00-7:30pm. (GGHS 716)

Global health aims to improve the well-being of individuals and populations around the world. The project of global health is fundamentally linked to human development, to social systems, including health systems, structures, policies and processes. At its core, global health is concerned with equity and social justice. The course offers an overview of key themes of relevance to global health - core concepts and practice - as an emerging field. The focus is on engaging and exploring the dominant themes, key relationships, and central questions that radiate from the trans-disciplinary field of global health.  The is an interdisciplinary course and open to Master's students and those undertaking the doctoral program in global governance and human security. As such, it seeks to make connections across the sub-fields of political economy, development, gender, conflict and human security.

Energy and Global Security with Douglas Ducharme

Wednesday 5:30 - 8:15pm (INTREL 697)

This course provides an interdisciplinary focus on the historical, political, economic, legal, and environmental factors of energy policy on the international scale, and their implications to health, education, poverty, environment, and sustainability. Students learn the essentials of translating science to policy plans and programs across a wide array of economic sectors, policy instruments, and levels of government as applied to culturally, economically, and geographically diverse regions. Using a range of case studies, students become familiar with theories, concepts, and ideas of energy security as well as their application in the modern world.

International Political Economy with Jerome Klassen

Tuesday 5:30 - 8:15pm (INTREL 614)

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 value

Intergroup Dialogue and Facilitation with Karen Ross - 6 credit course and requires background in negotiation and/or mediation 

Monday 5:30-8:15pm. (ConRes 697)

Are you interested in dialogue as a conflict resolution technique? Would you like an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in dialogue facilitation?  

This 6-credit course is being offered in partnership with Soliya (www.soliya.net), and consists of 3 parts. 

  1. The classroom component which meets Monday evenings from 5:30-8:15. 
  2.  Facilitation training and a facilitation practicum offered by Soliya, both of which will take place online, using a synchronous, video- and audio-enabled platform.  The 20-hour facilitation training will take place once per week for 4 hours during the first 5 weeks of the semester.
  3. After training: co-facilitate, with supervision, Soliya’s flagship virtual exchange initiative, the Connect Program. Connect Program facilitation will take place over 8 weeks from March-May, and will include one 2-hour session per week. Soliya offers multiple sessions of the facilitation training and supervised facilitation practicum to meet the needs of different student schedules; students in the course will work with Soliya staff to schedule time slots for training sessions and for Connect Program facilitation.

 Soliya’s virtual exchange initiative brings together small groups of students from 28 different counties in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America to discuss conflict prone topics around immigration, extremism, religion and culture to gain skills and attitudes in cross cultural collaboration.  In the classroom component of the course, we will use student experiences in the facilitation training and practicum as part of the basis for discussion about dialogue (and particularly inter-group dialogue) as a conflict intervention practice.  We will compare different approaches to or models of dialogue in our exploration of the goals of dialogue processes and their potential for enabling understanding between individuals from multiple identity groups.  We will also consider the factors that must be addressed when designing, planning, and implementing dialogue processes. 
                In addition to tuition, this course requires a fee of approximately $100 (amount TBD based on number of students) in order to participate in the Soliya’s Virtual Cross-Cultural Facilitation Training and Facilitation Practicum The fee covers access to Soliya’s video-conferencing platform, trainers, all learning materials, and coaching through Soliya during Connect Program facilitation. 

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