International Organization & United Nations Studies (IO/UNS)

International Organization & United Nations Studies Curriculum

The specialization contains two focus areas: the International Organization (IO) focus area for students wishing to study regional international organizations such as the EU, AU or Arab League; and the United Nations Studies (UNS) focus area for students wishing to focus specifically on the UN. Both focus areas require that students complete the core course, International Organizations (INAF U6139). The IO focus area will require two electives on global governance, while the UNS focus area will require two UN-relative electives in the areas of human rights, security or development.

IO & UNS Audit Form 2017-18.pdf

 
 

Elisabeth Lindenmayer, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs; Director of International Organization and UN Studies Specialization


Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics

Dennis Dijkzeul, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Brian Grogan, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

John Hirsch, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Bruce Jenks, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Edward Luck, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs

José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs

Dirk Salomons, Special Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

REQUIREMENTS:  Nine points (3 three-point courses or combination of three-point and 1.5-point courses) which can be fulfilled by any of the courses listed below or other courses approved by the Specialization Director. The specialization has two focus areas: 1) International Organization, and 2) United Nations Studies. All students must take the required course, and then select one of the two focus areas to complete.

Core Course

Points
INAF U6139International Organizations3

International Organization Focus Area

Select from the following list for a total of 6 points

Points
INAF U4545Contemporary Diplomacy3
INAF U6161African Institutions in a Changing Regional & Global Security Environment3
INAF U6176Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development3
INAF U6190Complex Emergencies: Root Causes to Rebuilding3
INAF U6359Global Economic Governance3
INAF U6376LGBT Rights Internationally: Contemporary Issues and Fundamental Principles1.5
INAF U6495Politics & Practice of Humanitarian Assistance in the New Millennium1.5
INAF U6762Risk Management for UN Crisis & Conflict Responses3
INAF U6802International Law3
INAF U6897Writing on International Affairs3
INAF U8537Climate Change Policy3
INAF U8559Building Peace After Conflict1.5
INAF U8565European Security3
INAF U8785Gender, Politics, and Development3
INAF U8867International Enforcement and the UN Security Council3
INAF U8882Practicum on Education in Emergencies1.5
REGN U6310Diplomacy in Practice: the EU & the World1.5
REGN U8090The Transatlantic Economy3
LAW L6249European Law and Institutions3
LAW L9389International Humanitarian Law2
POLS GR8867International Cooperation and Institutions4

United Nations Studies Focus Area

Select from the following list for a total of 6 points

Points
INAF U4545Contemporary Diplomacy3
INAF U6161African Institutions in a Changing Regional & Global Security Environment3
INAF U6176Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development3
INAF U6190Complex Emergencies: Root Causes to Rebuilding3
INAF U6352United Nations and Globalization3
INAF U6359Global Economic Governance3
INAF U6376LGBT Rights Internationally: Contemporary Issues and Fundamental Principles1.5
INAF U6495Politics & Practice of Humanitarian Assistance in the New Millennium1.5
INAF U6551Why We Fail: Lessons in Conflict Resolution and Atrocity Prevention3
INAF U6553Advancing Human Protection3
INAF U6762Risk Management for UN Crisis & Conflict Responses3
INAF U6897Writing on International Affairs3
INAF U8180Human Rights Skills and Advocacy3
INAF U8504The United Nations : Change or Continuity? Prospects in a New Multilateral World3
INAF U8506The Realities of Peacekeeping, Inclusive National Ownership & the Achievement of Sustainable Peace3
INAF U8507The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century3
INAF U8508Inside the Security Council: Inequality at Work3
INAF U8537Climate Change Policy3
INAF U8559Building Peace After Conflict1.5
INAF U8560Managing The UN System3
INAF U8785Gender, Politics, and Development3
INAF U8867International Enforcement and the UN Security Council3
PUAF U6801Negotiation & Conflict Resolution3
LAW L9383International Humanitarian Law2

IO/UN Courses

INAF U6139 International Organizations. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD:Political, IO

The way we see the world is determined by the mental maps we make of it. In international affairs, the nation state is still seen as the essential building block of political and social organization, which defines how the world interacts globally. Yet, this perception is to some extent an illusion: people function at many levels simultaneously, in their family, in their community, in their nation, in their region, and globally -- and the scope of the issues addressed varies accordingly, from the choice of a family physician, the selection of a school board or the establishment of fair taxation rates, all the way to the broadest concerns about nuclear threats and the implications of climate change. And at each functional level, there are matching institutions that allow for joint decision making. This course intends to provide students with a mental map of the international organizations that shape public policy and determine global action at a level beyond the nation state. Such a mapping exercise is useful for all SIPA students, as each of the concentrations and regional specializations requires clarity about the institutions that influence the developments in their area of study, be it the large global structures of the United Nations system or the Bretton Woods framework, regional actors such as the African Union, non-governmental behemoths like World Vision International, or specialized public-private partnerships, exemplified by GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Insight into the nature and scope of such international organizations is key to understanding the decision making processes affecting economic development, human rights, the environment, international security and social policy.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 27200 Dirk Salomons W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U4545 Contemporary Diplomacy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD:Political, ISP, ICR, IO

This course examines the process of diplomacy; the patterns, purposes, and people that shape the contemporary interactions of states. In the first, entitled "Making War and Peace"- we look at a series of the most important episodes in twentieth-century diplomacy. In the second section under the heading "Professional Norms and Pathologies"-we consider some of the problems faced by diplomats in any period. The concluding section of the course called "The Newest 'New Diplomacy'"- takes up distinctive aspects of diplomacy in the current period: how the United States and other governments have dealt with the proliferation of multilateral organizations (and of weapons of mass destruction), with ethnic warfare and genocide, with the pressures and opportunities of globalization, and with the war on terrorism that began after September 11, 2001.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 13007 John Hirsch Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
402 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6176 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development. 3 Points.

EPD students receive registration priorityNot offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will provide students with a multidisciplinary framework for historical and current debates on development. It will offer students a basic understanding of what constitutes “development” (ends) and how to promote it (means). The initial lecture presents the broad issue of development trends and the multidisciplinary approach, as seen today through the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The subsequent classes then look at classical and contemporary controversies on economic development, institutional and political issues, social development and environmental sustainability (climate change). When analyzing each of the dimensions of development, the course will bring out the interactions between them. The final lecture will look at how development issues are managed in international cooperation. The readings include both classical contributions of lasting relevance and contemporary texts.

INAF U6190 Complex Emergencies: Root Causes to Rebuilding. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD:Political, HRHP, IO

This course forms an introduction to the broader program on humanitarian affairs. We will address the root causes of complex humanitarian emergencies, the practices of humanitarian intervention, the main actors, and the opportunities and dilemmas for rebuilding. We will also discuss the main critiques of humanitarian action and possible alternatives. The course advocates the principle that humanitarian aid should be provided from a (long-term) development perspective? otherwise it can reinforce conflict and exclusion.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 22898 Dirk Salomons T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
409 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6352 United Nations and Globalization. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, IO

  The course will explore the multiple dimensions of the impact of globalization on the role of the United Nations. The new millennium has seen a vigorous debate take shape on global governance. Every aspect of global governance is currently the subject of review and debate : the financial system, security and the role and composition of the Security Council, a new climate change architecture, the trade regime and the future of the Doha round, human rights, the future of development assistance and the provision of global public goods, and the need for a new multilateralism. It has been over half a century since so many core issues at the heart of effective global governance have been on the drawing board simultaneously.  This course will analyse the implications of a range of these issues for the current work of the UN and for its future role.  The session headings indicate the specific issues that will be covered.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 61529 Bruce Jenks M 11:00am - 12:50pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6359 Global Economic Governance. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD:Economic, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP, IFEP: Central Banking, IO
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course aims at familiarizing students with major issues surrounding global economic governance and its effects on developing countries. It will start with two general lectures that will deal with the objectives of international cooperation, the historical evolution of the current governance and typologies of the different rules, organization and governance structures that have been created at varied times. It will then deal in detail with major topics in the broad agenda of global economic governance, exploring both issues that are the subject of current debates as well as the institutional questions involved. "Global economic governance" is understood in a broad sense, to refer both to global and regional frameworks, as well as those rules of international transactions that have been left to bilateral agreements or are under the domain of national sovereignty. "Economic" is also understood in a broad sense, to include also social and environmental issues.

INAF U6376 LGBT Rights Internationally: Contemporary Issues and Fundamental Principles. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, GPP, HRHP, IO, MIA/MPA: Short Course
Spring 2018 Course Dates: Jan. 16 - Feb. 27

On September 24, 2014, a hotly contested resolution passed the UN Human Rights Council condemning discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  The protracted fight for the resolution demonstrates how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights are one of the most controversial issues in international human rights, culture, law and public policy today.  This course will explore how LGBT rights impact mainstream debates, such as bilateral relations and good governance, while also teaching students to understand the particular challenges of fulfilling LGBT rights, such as access to legal recognition for LGBT partnerships and transgender identities.  This course offers students an in-depth discussion about the challenges and opportunities of working on LGBT rights at the international level, surveys debates within the field, and equips students to competently address LGBT rights as they manifest across a range of academic and professional interests. Breaking news and contemporary debates will be integrated into the course work.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 28646 Jessica Stern T 9:00am - 10:50am
501b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6495 Politics & Practice of Humanitarian Assistance in the New Millennium. 1.5 Point.

Category: HRHP, ICR, IO, MIA/MPA: Short Course
Spring 2018 Course Dates: Mar. 8 - Apr. 26

Humanitarian agencies became major players in the intra-state conflicts that characterized the 1990s. However, this prominence also led to critical examination, both from within and outside these agencies. The dilemmas of field workers led to new questions: How can the challenges presented by the fragmentation of state authority be addressed? Is there a way to link relief to development? Is there a relationship between humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution/peace-building activities? How can relief agencies manage their relations with the parties to a conflict? How do human rights and humanitarian aid intersect? The experience of the 1990s has made it clear to humanitarian agencies that technical skills were no longer sufficient - their staff also needed political and analytical skills to navigate in insecure environments.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 76096 Bradley Foerster Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6551 Why We Fail: Lessons in Conflict Resolution and Atrocity Prevention. 3 Points.

Category: EPD:Political, ISP, ICR, IO

This course will undertake a comparative assessment of international efforts to resolve armed conflicts and prevent mass atrocities in a series of situations, some of which ended relatively well and some of which did not. In the former category, it will consider Kenya (2008), Guinea (2009), Kyrgyzstan (2010), and Côte d'Ivoire (2010-11), and in the latter Rwanda (1994), Srebrenica (1995), Sri Lanka (2009), and Syria (2011). In each of the eight cases, international decision-making will be examined through both conflict resolution and atrocity prevention lens in order to gain a keener sense of relative priorities and of how efforts to pursue one goal reinforced or complicated the other. The emphasis will be on the UN Security Council and Secretariat, but the policies of key Member States will be considered as well. It has been widely noted that most mass atrocities occur in conflict situations, but there has been little study of whether the respective techniques used to end conflict and to curb atrocities are fully compatible in the context of day-to-day crisis response efforts. The United Nations has authorized or compiled extensive lessons-learned reports on Rwanda, Srebrenica, and Sri Lanka, and there are substantial academic, journalistic, and eye witness accounts of all of the situations other than Guinea and Kyrgyzstan. The instructor will also draw on his personal involvement in United Nations decision-making, as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser for the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), in all of the situations except for the two in the 1990s. Opportunities will be provided for the students to interact with national and international officials who were involved in several of these situations.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 22498 Edward Luck T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6553 Advancing Human Protection. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, ICR, IO, ISP

This course will assess evolving international doctrine and practice aimed at protecting populations from mass atrocities.  It will address the global policies and institutions that have been put into place to curb genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity, with a particular focus on forced displacement, sexual violence, and the effects of conflict on children.  The class will consider the interplay between notions of sovereignty and of responsibility, taking a close look at how the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) has developed institutionally and politically over the past fifteen years.  The instructor, as the first United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, was the principal architect of the global strategy for implementing R2P in policy and practice.  Through a visit to the United Nations, the students will have the opportunity to meet with a number of the key actors in this ongoing process.  The assignments for the course will include the preparation of a Policy Analysis, a Policy Proposal, and an Institutional Proposal.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 23697 Edward Luck T 11:00am - 12:50pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6802 International Law. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, HRHP, ISP, IO

This course introduces students to the basic doctrines of public international law and considers their relationship to both international relations theory and a range of problems in current international politics. The aim of the course is to provide a framework to understand the normative dimensions of international relations. Students are asked to consider the theoretical arguments, processes and frameworks that provide the structure of international law, and to analyze their practical application to world issues of current concern. A problem-oriented approach to various case studies will be used in both lectures and discussion sessions, including situations in the former Yugoslavia, East Timor, Africa and Iraq. In this way, the course attempts to integrate method, substance, concepts and domestic application of the international legal system.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 83396 Horst Fischer M 11:00am - 12:50pm
324 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 87846 T 9:00am - 10:50am
402 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6897 Writing on International Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: IO, TMAC

Good writing and effective skills to communicate global issues are in high demand. Whether one is working for a media outlet or publication, an international organization, an NGO, or a media strategy/relations firm, the ability to gather and process information and present it in clear, effective written format is key to landing a dream job and getting ahead. In this course, students will learn to craft clear, precise written communications using means often employed in global careers: the Op-Ed and commentary, the press release, the newspaper and magazine story, talking points, the policy or country summary/contact brief, as well as writing for the Web. Writing topics will focus on core issues in international affairs: the global economy, environment, international business, international organizations, political analysis, and human rights/law. As the class has a heavy concentration on writing, reading will be assigned to facilitate writing styles and improve technique.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 77596 Liza Featherstone T 11:00am - 12:50pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8180 Human Rights Skills and Advocacy. 3 Points.

Category: EPD:Political, HRHP, IO, TMAC

This course is designed to develop practical advocacy skills to protect and promote human rights. A focus will be developing an advocacy strategy on a current human rights issue, including the identification of goals and objectives, appropriate advocacy targets and strategies, and the development of an appropriate research methodology. Students will explore broad-based human rights campaigns, use of the media, and advocacy with UN and legislative bodies. Over the course of the semester, students will become familiar with a variety of tools to apply to a human rights issue of their choosing. Case studies will illustrate successful advocacy campaigns on a range of human rights issues."  

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 77496 Jo Becker F 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA

INAF U8504 The United Nations : Change or Continuity? Prospects in a New Multilateral World. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, IO, MIA Core: Interstate Relations
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The United Nations Past and Present examines the transformation of the United Nations over the past seventy years with a focus on contemporary efforts to promote international peace and security, development and human rights. With the global availability of the internet and social media, the challenges facing the United Nations from the migration crisis in the Middle East and Africa and climate change to the Ebola crisis require a more coordinated international response. The emergence of major power centers in Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as of non-state actors ranging from international NGOs to multinational corporations create both opportunities and challenges for the United Nations system. The recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030) reflects a new awareness of our interconnected global politics.    The course will consider the prospects for the United Nations to adapt its international staff and organizational structure to meet these new challenges.   

INAF U8506 The Realities of Peacekeeping, Inclusive National Ownership & the Achievement of Sustainable Peace. 3 Points.

Category: ICR, IO
Instructor Permission Required

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to conduct research both in New York and in a peacekeeping operation and to make a contribution to the field of peacekeeping, building on the body of existing research. Through a combination of desk and field research, students will produce a policy-oriented paper on a subject of interest to both the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the mission itself. Through a Summer field placement, the course will expose students to the realities of the field, give them a first hand insight into the structure and functioning of a peace keeping operation, a unique understanding of the challenges it faces, and allow them to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Through intensive desk research the course will help students to build their research and analytical skills and familiarize themselves with the range of tools they will need to undertake rigorous, practical and action oriented research in a peace operation. The course aims to provide students with an informed and nuanced understanding of the instrument of peacekeeping. It will examine some of the tools used by PKOs in the Implementation of their mandates and critically assess the usefulness of these tools in achieving their goals, with particular attention to the complex and difficult tasks of peace building and the achievement of sustainable peace. The summer placements (four to six weeks) will be confirmed through the spring semester.It is proposed that they include two UN missions: The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The choice of the missions may however change, subject to security conditions on the ground.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 25998 Elisabeth Lindenmayer M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8507 The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD:Political, ISP, ICR, IO

This course, which will be taught by a practitioner, will focus on United Nations peacekeeping operations as one of the main conflict management tools of the Security Council (SC) in Africa. Through an extensive series of case studies (Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, the Central African Republic and Cote d'Ivoire), It will closely examine the tool of peace keeping, the context in which it operates, the evolution of its doctrine, the lessons learned, and the challenges ahead. Drawing on the recent report of the High-level Independent Panel on peace operations (HIPPO), and the cases studies above, it will elaborate on the many issues in peacekeeping today,in particular the limits of the use of force, the protection of civilians, the nexus peacekeeping/peacebuilding, and the increased partnership with regional and subregional organizations.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 88598 Elisabeth Lindenmayer W 11:00am - 12:50pm
801 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8508 Inside the Security Council: Inequality at Work. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, ICR, IO

This course will examine the inner workings of the UN Security Council and how they have evolved over the years in order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of power relationships within the international community, of the ways large and small countries seek to advance or defend their interests, and of how the working methods of the Council have been adjusted to better meet new challenges, such as human security, non-proliferation, and counter terrorism. Inequality-among its members, between them and the other 178 Member States, and between the Council and other international bodies--has been a defining characteristic of the composition, procedures, and rules of the world's premier security institution from the outset. Through case studies and conversations with practitioners, including the representatives of large, emerging, and smaller powers, the class will assess what kinds of reforms might be needed in how the Council goes about the critical business of maintaining international peace and security. The course aims to provide an informed and nuanced understanding of the politics and procedures of the Council for those in civil society, governments, international secretariats, and research institutions who seek to assess, influence, or work with the Council.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 98443 Edward Luck T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
418 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8537 Climate Change Policy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD:Sustainable, EE: GEMP, EE, EE: ERM, EE: EPM, IO
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Climate change is the most challenging international policy problem that exists today. The course will primarily focus on two questions. First, what should be done about climate change? Second, what can be done about it? The first question requires an understanding of the science, impacts, technological options, economics, and ethics of climate change policy. The second question requires an understanding of the politics, international law, and international relations aspects of climate change policy. The course will not provide firm answers to these questions. It aims instead to provide a framework and the knowledge required for students to come to their own conclusions. Indeed, every student taking this course is required to answer these questions, and to defend their conclusions rigorously.

INAF U8559 Building Peace After Conflict. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD:Political, HRHP, ISP, ICR, IO, Management
Fall 2017 Course Dates: Oct. 23 - Dec. 11

This short course traces the outlines of the international community's steep learning curve in addressing the challenges of post-conflict peace building. It will examine some of the early UN and World Bank experiments in restoring nation states, follow the institutional changes meant to build capacity in the field of post-conflict recovery, look at the methodological and funding tools developed to strengthen field operations, and review some case studies illustrating the impact of this evolution. 

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 97598 Judy Cheng-Hopkins M 11:00am - 12:50pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8560 Managing The UN System. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD:Political, IO, Management

In this course, the participants will examine the governance structure and decision-making processes in the UN organizations. They will review the rules and regulations whereby the organizations handle people, money and tangible assets, and see how they manage their human and financial resources. Special attention will be paid to the way in which cultural and political factors influence management practices. Key issues such as decentralization, coordination and the management of change will recur throughout the course. The interaction of the UN system with donors, the private sector and with civil society as partners in the provision of services will be closely studied.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 29779 Bruce Jenks M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
409 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8565 European Security. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, ISP, IO

This course surveys historical and current case studies in the context of theoretical debates about the sources of security and insecurity and war and peace. The aim is to establish a foundation for analyzing the prospects for a secure order in Europe in the first part of the 21st century. The emphasis is on problems concerning strategic calculations, military strategy and war as well as political processes and institutional dynamics. Separate sections in the second half of the term are devoted to selected current policy challenges, such as transatlantic rifts, identity issues and ethnonational conflict, transitions in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, NATO and EU enlargements, and European foreign and defense initiatives.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 68598 Cynthia Roberts M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8785 Gender, Politics, and Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD:Political, EPD:Social, HRHP, GPP, IO

Gender equality, and women’s and girls’ empowerment, are now widely accepted as development goals in their own right, and essential to inclusive and sustainable development. But despite progress in many areas, gender gaps and discrimination persist. How did gender equality move from the periphery to the center of development discourse, and what difference has this made? Is gender equality a human right, an essential aspect of human development, or “smart economics”? What are the implications of a gender equality agenda for men and boys, and for broader understandings of gender identities and sexualities? What policies, strategies and practices have been effective – or ineffective – in narrowing gender gaps and improving outcomes for both women and men in particular development settings? In this course, we approach gender, politics and development in terms of theory, policy and practice. We apply a critical gender lens to a wide range of development sectors and issue areas, including economic development, political participation, education and health, environment and climate change, and conflict and displacement. We also consider current debates and approaches related to gender mainstreaming and gender metrics in development practice. Students engage with the course material through class discussion, exercises and case studies, and the development of a gender-related project proposal.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 21246 Maxine Weisgrau, Eugenia McGill M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
801 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8867 International Enforcement and the UN Security Council. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, ICR, IO

No other institution in world history has been granted by its near universal membership the authority to mandate coercive measures, including sanctions and the use of force against sovereign states. Has the Security Council fulfilled the dreams of its founders? The course will define the Security Council's authority and powers through the provisions of the charter. It will discuss in detail the issue of collective security, sovereignty, threat to international peace and security, the use of force and non intervention. Through various case studies, it will examine the array of tools the Council has at its disposal from persuasion and diplomatic tools to peace keeping, economic sanctions, military enforcement and use of force.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 25999 Elisabeth Lindenmayer W 11:00am - 12:50pm
324 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8882 Practicum on Education in Emergencies. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD:Social, HRHP, ICR, IO, MIA/MPA: Short Course
Spring 2018 Course Dates: Jan. 17 - Feb. 28

This seven-week practicum is designed to give students from a variety of disciplines a background in education in emergency contexts, from preparedness to response and recovery. Class sessions will explore the multiple roles of education, including critical linkages to sectors like health and protection, in each of these phases; introduce students to the major education actors within the international humanitarian architecture; and prepare students to utilize best practices and minimum standards for education programming and policy-making. 

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2018 001 25779 Allison Anderson W 11:00am - 12:50pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

PUAF U6801 Negotiation & Conflict Resolution. 3 Points.

Category: ISP, ICR, IO, Management

There are two purposes to this course: 1. to develop your ability to negotiate in a purposeful, principled and effective way; and 2. to teach you how to build consensus and broker wise agreements with others. Negotiation is a social skill, and like all social skills you have to practice it if you want to get better at it. To give you the chance to practice, we'll do a number of simulated negotiations in and out of class. We'll also use lectures, case studies, exercises, games, videos, and demonstrations to help you develop your understanding. As we advance in the course, our focus will shift from simple one-on-one negotiations to more complex ones involving many parties, agents, coalitions, and organizations.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 60287 Seth Freeman Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
324 International Affairs Bldg
Spring 2018 001 12696 Seth Freeman Th 11:00am - 12:50pm
324 International Affairs Bldg

REGN U8090 The Transatlantic Economy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP, APEA, IO, Regional

A course on contemporary transatlantic economic relations with particular emphasis on the US-EU dimension. Topics include: implications for the U.S. of UK-EU Brexit negotiations; Trump Administration trade and tax policy and the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); dollar-euro diplomacy and the international roles of the dollar and euro; European competition and taxation policy toward high tech companies such as the so-called “Frightful Five” firms Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google (Alphabet), and Microsoft; secular stagnation and U.S.-EU long term growth prospects; contrasting monetary and fiscal responses since the 2008 crisis; relative macroeconomic performance and why most of Europe can’t get its unemployment levels down to U.S. levels; the economic dimension to transatlantic security arrangements.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 68299 Seamus O'Cleireacain Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
402 International Affairs Bldg