Academic Courses

Elective Course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationWhat does it mean to have a gendered approach, and why does it matter? What assumptions underlie gender mainstreaming? Are these assumptions based on a particular ideology? Why are there still so few women serving in the world’s militaries? Is gender-based violence...
Instructor: Margaret Jenkins
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Media and Communication Specilization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students Recent debates on Internet censorship and the role of the state in online communications highlight concerns about sovereignty, borders, and territory in a globalizing world.  This course will emphasize challenges to...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf
Credits: 4.0
Elective course, Governance Specialization/ConcentrationThe course covers a selection of key topics within the field of Global Political Economy. The aim of the course is to present the theoretical concepts, major topics and current issues of the field. Students will become familiar with the history of globalization,...
Instructor: Thilo Bodenstein
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Governance Specialization/ConcentrationCompromise is an everyday feature of all our lives, in our personal relationships, and in our families, work and business. Why then, is compromise so difficult to achieve and sustain in public policy-making and in governance?This series of classes examines the...
Instructor: Eamon Gilmore
Credits: 2.0
Elective, Security Specialization/ConcentrationGovernments have many options in addressing violent extremism, both in terms of enforcing the law against violent groups and trying to prevent the radicalization of vulnerable communities. They can strengthen laws, often at the expense of civil liberties; increase...
Instructor: Sidney Jones
Credits: 2.0
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksThe course gives an introduction to the theory of many of the currently applied graphical models. All these models attempt to describe the associations and effects among the variables, and some may be given causal interpretation. The graphical nature of these models means...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Development  Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students The course is designed for students interested in understanding the elemental aspects of poverty; and assessing the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving people’s lives in developing countries. Broadly, we will explore...
Instructor: Anand Murugesan
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course,  Higher Education Policy Concentration/SpecializationThe course analyzes the relationships between higher education policies and the discourse about knowledge society or knowledge economy, more precisely, the way in which higher education policies take shape and how they are implemented at global,...
Instructor: Liviu Matei
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course Higher Education Policy TrackThis graduate-level course proposes a comprehensive induction into fundamental issues and topics in contemporary higher education policy. Higher education is seen as a particularly contested area of public policy, which has important connections with, and impact on, other...
Credits: 4.0
The aim of the course is to enhance the participants’ understanding of how research questions in Cognitive Science can be addressed with experimental designs. The course will enable participants to turn well-formulated questions about the mind and brain into experiments that produce interpretable results. The course...
Instructor: Guenther Knoblich
Credits: 2.0
Elective CoursePublic sector and nonprofit human resources work faces significant challenges: ongoing budget cuts, new technologies, increasing performance pressure, and the impact of demographic change, to name just a few. Despite its importance human resources is still one of the most undervalued and least...
Instructor: Oliver M. Triebel
Credits: 2.0
Elective, Security Specialization/Concentration The subject of human trafficking, or the use of force, fraud or coercion to transport persons across international borders or within countries to exploit them for labor or sex, has received renewed attention within the last two decades. The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress...
Instructor: Elzbieta M. Gozdziak
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseThis is an intensive methodological and applied course aimed at developing useful skills in impact evaluation methods and practice, focused on 2 key aspects: (a) statistical causal inference, and (b) evaluation management across the evaluation lifecycle, from pre-implementation to post-completion....
Instructor: Alexis Diamond
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseStart and end dates:  The course will run in the first week of the Spring term. Exact days will follow soon.The World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR) on Entering the 21St Century reaches the dramatic conclusion that two forces shape the world in which development policy will be defined and...
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseThe unprecedented degradation of the planet’s ecosystems is one of the most pressing challenges confronting the international community. Despite the proliferation of legal and policy initiatives to protect the environment, conflicts between affluent and poor countries (the North-South divide) have...
Instructor: Carmen G. Gonzalez
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationLearn how armed conflicts are regulated, civilians protected, and violations punished. This course will examine the principles of international humanitarian law (IHL), and their application in practice. The course will consider the core principles of distinction,...
Instructor: Kirsten Roberts Lyer
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Governance Specialization/ConcentrationFeaturing a series of guest lectures, the course enables students interested in global governance to acquire a deeper understanding of the processes and structures that determine the character and outcome of policy-making in the "global agora" of public policy....
Instructor: Sara Svensson
Credits: 2.0
The course aims at facilitating a discussion of some of the issues currently debated in International Relations theory. The course is centred around some of the theoretical debates in contemporary International Relations theory and is aimed at enhancing students’ ability to analyse the way various theoretical...
Instructor: Alexander Astrov
Credits: 4.0
The course aims at facilitating a discussion of some of the issues currently debated in International Relations theory. The course is centred around some of the theoretical debates in contemporary International Relations theory and is aimed at enhancing students’ ability to analyse the way various theoretical...
Instructor: Alexander Astrov
Credits: 4.0
This course is open to students at both the PhD and MA levels. The main purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the field of Security Studies, but with particular attention being given to the so-called ‘critical turn’ in the discipline.    In its broadest sense, ‘Critical Security Studies’ can be seen as a...
Instructor: Paul Roe
Credits: 4.0
The aim of this course is to analyze the role played by traditional and new media in democratic political processes that link citizens and their elected representatives.The course explores how changes in the information environment brought by the internet have affected the citizens’ understanding of politics and...
Instructor: Oana Lup
Credits: 2.0
Interpretive research puts the meaning‐making of those studied at the centre of a research project. Often guided by the abductive logic of inquiry, such research is commonly not driven by formal hypotheses or variables. Based on constructivist ontology and intersubjectivist epistemology, interpretive research...
Instructor: Xymena Kurowska
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Development Specialization/ConcentrationSudan and South Sudan are important case studies of international intervention. This course seeks to combine academic rigor with policy relevance. On one level, it provides an academic orientation to the politics of international interventions in Sudan and South...
Instructor: Daniel Large
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Security Concentration/Specialization, Gateway course for MPA students This course will train students to do a policy focused conflict analysis of the sort often done for international organizations or governments. Conflict analysis is now seen as a key part of development and other planning. As well...
Instructor: Robert Templer
Credits: 2.0

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