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Conflict Resolution, Human Security & Global Governance

Welcome to the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance

If you value practical experience, civic responsibility and academic excellence we invite you to explore our internationally-ranked graduate programs and pioneering work of our faculty and research centers.

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About Our Department

Want to improve the planet and help communities?  We can help. 

Learn to manage conflict, build security, and govern local and global organizations through our programs.  Collaborate with our faculty who are internationally-recognized scholars and practitioners in fields spanning conflict resolution, human security and global governance. More about our research areas 

About Taking a Class

This is a great way to "sample" the programs before applying and evaluate whether it meets your goals and interests. You must have a bachelor's degree to enroll and if you earn a B or better, and are later admitted to one of the degree programs listed below, the credits will count towards degree (maximum of 6 credits allowed).  

Visit the Bursar’s website to research costs. All courses are subject to regular session rate and New England regional rate is not applicable for non-degree students.

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Spring 2024 Course Options for Take a Class

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Classes are 3-credits unless otherwise noted. 

CONRES 623: Introductory Theory. Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:30 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.

INTEREL 614: International Political Economy. Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:15 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.

CONRES 621: Negotiation. Online/Asynchronous.

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.

CONRES 603: Gender and Conflict. Wednesday, 5:30 - 8:15 pm.

The course focuses on examining the relationship between gender, violet conflict, security and peacebuilding. In this class, we will consider how do gender stereotypes influence the 
ways that we think about conflict and peacebuilding. How can gender as a relational category, among race, class nationality and others be used for the analysis of inequalities? The 
overall goal will be to gain an understanding of the gendered dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding and explore programmic approaches by working on case studies that elucidate. 
these complexities.

CONRES 624: Cross Cultural Conflict. 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.

CONRES 636: Conflict in Workgroups. Monday, 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM.

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.

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

We offer academically rich summer programs focusing on Community Peace Building and Conflict Transformation Across Borders where you can earn up to 6 credits towards a master's degree. There are no prerequisites for these programs and advanced undergraduates will be considered. Contact for more info.

Transform Learning into Action

Our centers and projects conduct innovative research and provide students with opportunities to gain hands on skills.


Contact Us
Main office: Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 128A
Phone: (617) 287-7489
Department Administrator: Jason Fasano