Courses

Foundation Required Courses

ISS 6216: Foundations of Globalization (3 credits) This advanced course introduces students to the various dimensions/theories and effects of globalization at the international, transnational, regional, and local levels. The course likewise explores the intricacies of global inter-linkages on the political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental spheres and in this context, seeks to explore and identify the significance of non-state agents in a traditionally state-centric international system.

ECO 6025: Economic Policy Analysis (3 credits) This course covers the principles of microeconomics, with a particular emphasis on how these principles allow better design of governmental policy decisions. The focus of the course is on understanding and identifying market failures and potential governmental responses. Topics covered include: Introduction to consumer and producer theory; Market equilibrium in supply and demand; Welfare analysis; Tradeoffs between equity and efficiency; The theory of externalities; Measuring externalities; Public goods; Market power; Imperfect information.

PAD 6306: Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 credits) This course presents techniques and tools for the practice of policy analysis in international, governmental, nonprofit, and public organizations, with emphasis on constructing policy analysis useful to decision-makers.

ISS 6307: Research Tools for Global Studies (3 credits) This course is designed to build an understanding of applied quantitative and qualitative research tools and their employment in both scholarly and policy settings, with an emphasis on program planning, data analysis, interpretation and implementation, in addition to treating rapid appraisal methods such as key informant interviews, direct observation, focus groups, and mini-surveys utilized to generate “usable knowledge” for decision-makers when time and budget are constrained.

ISS 6387: Analytical Writing and Presentation Skills (3 credits) This course is designed to improve students’ communication skills within the context of their discipline, addressing the use of appropriate rhetorical strategies for different audiences, purposes, and types of writing.

SYA 6655: Program Design and Evaluation (3 credits) This course focuses on building and improving students’ analytical and practical skills. The course exposes students to different problems, issues, and scenarios they need to master to successfully compete in the professional and international realms.

ISS 6926: Capstone (3 credits) This course is taken in the students’ final semester. It consists of a major writing assignment and end-of-the-semester presentation. Students have the option of working under the supervision of a MAGA faculty member or an outside mentor from a designated agency or organization. Written assignments are based on an agreed upon research topic and work- plan demonstrating excellent research and writing skills of publishable quality.

Courses in Globalization and Security

CCJ 6676: Transnational Crime and National Security (3 credits) This course examines the nature of transnational crime and how it relates to national security. It discusses the prevalence of transnational crime as a “deviant” byproduct (or unintended consequence) of globalization and explores the symbiotic relationship between transnational crimes and legitimized transnational markets. It examines efforts by law enforcement and non-governmental groups (NGOs) to combat transnational crime and the challenges that they face. The course exposes the student to various forms of transnational crime which includes drug smuggling, human trafficking and smuggling; terrorism, gun and organ smuggling, among others.

GIS 5620: Surveillance, Intelligence, and International Relations (3 credits) This seminar focuses on the role of advanced technology in obtaining information via orbital or land-based surveillance systems on issues of international relations such as warfare and globalization. This course addresses how technology has influenced conflict resolution, nation-building, economic development, civil liberty and national security, development strategies, human rights, the environment, global economy, culture and relations between "power and knowledge". A four-week cyber-security component is also provided in the course.

INR 5012: Global Issues and Human Rights (3 credits) This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the challenges of human rights in a globalized world. Furthermore, this course examines the gradual construction of an international human rights regime and universal culture of rights while focusing primarily on understanding the political and social forces both propelling and opposing the human rights regime.

INR 5066: Global and Human Security (3 credits) Global and human security is an emerging paradigm that considers the security of the individual, the nation, the region, and the international system. It epitomizes the growing interdependence among states, exemplifies the effects of globalization, and embodies the connections among the various actors that make-up the global system. This course begins by assessing and evaluating this broader definition of security. It then goes on to survey a select number of topics including environment and resources, migration and refugee flows, population and demography, disease, ethnic and intra-state conflict, terrorism, and transnational crime as they pertain to human, national, regional, and international security.

INR 5935: Public Security and Governance in the Americas (3 credits) This class emphasizes applied approaches to the role of the citizen safety and security in Latin America from a number of interdisciplinary perspectives. The class begins with an overview of the state of security in the Americas considering citizen opinions about security as well as the political economy of crime and violence in the region. It then delves into the causes of crime in the Americas with a focus on socio-economic factors, drug trafficking and transnational criminal organizations, and gang related activities. The course culminates with analyses of security sector reforms and assessments in various countries throughout the Americas.

INR 6338: Seminar in Strategic Studies (3 credits) The purpose of this course is to provide a "comprehensive" introduction to security and strategic studies by examining some key theoretical and policy aspects of the field. The course will pay particular attention to the theoretical and practical dimensions of the genesis of power, war and use of force, international security, dynamics of revolutions, and terrorism, in addition to emerging non-traditional issues in security.

ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits) This course will consider the nature of the contemporary risks facing firms operating in the global marketplace and what strategies can be implemented by the global companies to minimize vulnerability.

REL 5149: Religion, Violence, and Conflict (3 credits) This course examines some of the various ways religion and violence are linked in contemporary contexts. We will consider religious justifications for violence, religious restraints upon violence, and religious responses to violence. The course will consider modern cases of religion and violence, and cases in which communities have responded to violent incidents memorially.

ISS 6249: Migration, Security, and Globalization (3 credits) The purpose of the course is to examine the complicated issues raised by globalization as these relate to massive increases in the movement of people within and across national borders. The course will examine the problems posed by new presences, as a result of globalization, at the local and national levels and policies and practices that might, can, and have resolved them. The objective is to provide students with critical capacities for scholarly intervention and critical engagement with the problem of migration, globalization, and security so as to engage with, develop, formulate, and implement policies and practices aimed at dealing with the problem. The course will also highlight the benefits of migratory flows associated with globalization and the significant positive effects on the rights and security of the immigrants themselves and of those with whom they are connected in their countries of origin.

ISS 6994: Disasters, Security and Governance (3 credits) This course provides an introduction to social research on how disasters as extreme situations highlight, dramatize, and change social structures and processes, how disasters are intertwined with different governance regimes, and how disasters and environmental crises are linked to matters of national and international security. The course differs from other courses about “disaster management” at two points. First, the course examines “disaster governance” instead of disaster management. In other words, it considers disaster management not as a technical administrative process but a process in a complex social context. Second, the course comparatively examines disaster governance in a global world, with a particular focus on security issues. We examine disasters that happened in the United States as well as in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. We also include some recent disasters with global significance, such as the 2004-2005 Asian tsunami, the 1995 Kobe earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China, the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the 1990s North Korea famine, etc. We also discuss disaster-related issues with global implications for international security, such as humanitarian aid and climate change.

DSC 6020: Terrorism & Homeland Security (3 credits) This course will examine issues of international terrorism and global counterterrorism schemes along with homeland security. It will be broken into four major areas. The first portion of the course will consist of an introduction to terrorism, including how to define and conceptualize terrorism, historical perceptions, terrorist groups and their tactics, and terrorism perspectives in the Muslim world. The second part of the course will examine the development of terrorism, focusing historically on Irish, Latin American, and Middle Eastern, African and Asian influences on terrorism. Third, modern terrorism, guerilla warfare and terrorist networks across the world will be examined. Finally, issues of international anti-terrorism strategies and technology along with homeland security and law enforcement responses to global terrorism will be addressed. A historical perspective is inclusive of the four major areas of study. Historical influences and perspectives are the driving force of terrorism and, therefore, each section will contain such an assessment.

ISS 6219: International Law and Global Security (3 credits) This course examines the relationship between international law and global security. Today, more than ever, the international community depends on law to maintain international peace and security and to bring to justice perpetrators of international crimes. Particular attention is paid to laws of war and international military intervention, international criminal law, and human rights law. Additional topics and their legal implications include terrorism, national security, and human trafficking. This course will also analyze the purposes and functions of the United Nations and its organs and how they participate in the enforcement of international law to achieve global security.

ISS 6990: Intelligence Community Successes and Failures: Policy Implications (3 credits) This course reviews how historical United States Intelligence Community successes and failures shaped U.S. foreign and domestic policy and examines current organizational structures policies which contribute to or inhibit the nation’s ability to respond to multi-faceted challenges.

ISS 6991: Global Financial Crimes (3 credits) This course will provide a solid conceptual foundation of global financial crimes and understanding of the causes and reasons for global money laundering, terrorism, corruption, tax evasion and other financial crimes. Other financial crimes include accounting, bank, check, corporate, credit card, foreign exchange, insurance, Medicare, mortgage, payment, and securities fraud. Additional illegal activities include: cybercrime, counterfeiting, elder abuse, embezzlement, environmental, forgery, human trafficking and prostitution, identity theft, market manipulation, medical and Medicare fraud, narco-trafficking, racketeering, robbery, scams and weapons' illegal trading, etc.

Courses in Global Risk and Corporate Responsibility

ISS 6259: Peace through Commerce (3 Credits) This course examines the question of whether cross-border business transactions, including international trade and investment, can serve as vehicles for achieving peace and socioeconomic development in formerly conflictive zones. Through a series of readings, students will explore theories about the role of business as an agent of peace and stability in a politically volatile world. Students will also analyze case studies that investigate the record of private-sector-led efforts to promote peace, social integration, and prosperity in hot spots such as Northern Ireland and the Middle East. The course will also examine the role of facilitating institutions, including governments, community stakeholders, multilateral organizations, international non-profit organizations, and multi-sector partnerships in promoting peace and social justice.

ISS 6246: Global Economy and Industrial Sustainability (3 Credits) International economic structures are constantly evolving. This course focuses on understanding the key elements of this evolution (e.g. global trade, migration, etc), and on discussing underlying stresses on natural and human capital as well as their consequences for business and society including legal, ethical, and political issues related to sustainability. Various industries, their policies and strategies for developing sustainable practices are evaluated.

ISS 6248: Public-Private Partnerships for Social Impact (3 Credits) Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and shared-value partnerships are increasingly being used as strategies to address significant public policy and international development challenges. But, what makes a complex public policy problem ripe for a strategic multi-stakeholder solution? This course will examine how governments are partnering with for-profit and non-profit organizations to shape public policy and solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. The first half of this course will examine the growing prevalence of PPPs at the national and international level. In the second half of the course, we will examine the myriad benefits of entering into strategic shared-value partnerships involving the public, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. Here, we will examine topics such as environmental and agricultural sustainability, international development, the empowerment of women, best practices, and measurement tools. In addition, we will investigate the context in which shared value partnerships are most likely to achieve their intended goals.

ISS 6327: Security Risks in Global Business (3 credits) This course will consider the nature of the contemporary risks facing firms operating in the global marketplace and what strategies can be implemented by the global companies to minimize vulnerability.

ISS 6247: Social Enterprise and Grassroots Innovation (3 Credits) Social enterprise is about how to frame problems and devise sustainable, market-driven solutions to pressing socioeconomic challenges. These challenges income inequality and lack of access to basic services such as potable water, electricity, education, and healthcare. This course teaches how to combine business and management skills, imagination, and passion to effectively tackle these and other social problems. One purpose of the course is to unlock curiosity and creativity to extend the frontier of what is possible in shaping a more sustainable and socially just world and how. It is also about gaining knowledge and developing skills that can facilitate the translation of ideas into world changing initiatives. For this we will examine a myriad of diverse experiences and organizational models that are making a difference all over the world.

ISS 6409: Capstone Reporting (3 Credits) This course provides students with methods and tools to effectively report the objectives, results, challenges and recommendations of their capstone project as well as of social responsibility initiatives in general.

Courses in International Development

ISS 6XXX: Quantitative Methods (3 Credits) This course introduces students to the most common methods employed in empirical policy analysis. It will start with the basic linear regressions model; introducing students to the interpretation of parameters, the concepts of economic and statistical significance, and non-linear specifications such as categorical variables and polynomial functions. As an extension to the linear regression, the course will cover binary dependent variable models, including Logit and Probit. Next, the principal threats to identification, reverse causation and omitted variables, will be discussed. Instrumental variable estimation will be introduced as the most common identification method. The final part of the course will introduce time variant data. First in the form of panel data, which will allow estimation in first differences, fixed effects, and random effects. Time series methods will likewise be covered.

ISS 6XXX: Public Economics (3 Credits) The course covers the principles of public policy economics with a particular focus on how these principles allow for a better design of governmental policy decisions. The focus will be on understanding and identifying market failures and potential governmental responses, with emphasis on criteria for deciding whether and how government intervention may be needed. The course intersperses lectures on theory and methodology, with class discussions on comparative analysis of policy-making across the world with special emphasis on public policy in regards to education, health, and the environment. Topics covered include: Introduction to consumer and producer theory; Welfare analysis; Tradeoffs between equity and efficiency; The theory of externalities; Public goods; Taxation; Market power and Imperfect information.

ISS 6XXX: International Development Policy (3 Credits) The aim of this course are twofold: Provide an introduction to the current public policy discussion in the context of non-high income countries, and familiarize the student with the more advanced impact evaluation methods. The first aspect covers foreign aid policies/projects, as well as domestic policies pursued by developing countries. Examples of topics covered include microfinance, cash-transfer programs, or health and educational interventions. Each topic will be accompanied by a review of the relevant impact evaluation literature. In doing so, the course will deepen some of the methods from the Quantitative Methods course and introduce new methods when necessary. Additional methods covered include: randomized trials, regression discontinuity designs, matching methods, and synthetic control groups.

ISS 6XXX: International Macroeconomics for Global Affairs (3 Credits) The course provides an introduction to the modern theory of macroeconomics in the context of the global economy, and applies it to gain an understanding of recent issues and policy responses. Topics covered include the determination of aggregate output, employment and prices, the tools of monetary and fiscal policy used by governments to combat inflation and unemployment and promote growth in the economy. In the context of an open economy, the course also covers balance of payment crises, the choice of exchange rate systems and their advantages and disadvantages, currency unions and international debt. The insights gained by studying these issues will enable us to discuss a number of recent topics in policy-making such as the current state of the world economy, the causes and aftermath of the Great Recession of the late 2000s, current account deficits, regional and global financial crises, and the role of government intervention in the foreign exchange market.

ISS 6XXX: Economic Growth and Development (3 Credits) This course provides an introduction to the theory of long-run economic growth and the role of national and international institutions in the determination of a nations’ economic performance. The main question that this course addresses is why some countries are rich and others poor, and why some countries grow quickly and others slowly. Topics covered include models of economic growth, which explain how income variations among countries can be explained by variations in factor accumulation, as well as the determinants of factor accumulation itself. The course will also focus on the role of government, national and international institutions, income distribution, demographics, geography, climate and natural resources to explain the differences in productivity among countries. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand contemporary economic problems of both developed and developing countries, and to reach independent and informed judgments and policy conclusions about their possible resolution.

ISS 6XXX: International Trade for Global Affairs (3 Credits) The purpose of this course is to prepare students to analyze policies and international agreements that relate to international trade and investment. In particular, we will be considering the economic aspects (broadly defined) of these policies and agreements. The course will be divided into three, approximately equally sized, sections. In the first one-third of the semester we will analyze the static and dynamic costs and benefits of international trade and investment. With some understanding of how trade, investment and protectionism can help and hurt a country. We will turn to an analysis of commercial policy in the second part of the course. Our goal is not only to understand the legal institutions and regulations that govern international commerce but also to be able to analyze them with respect to their ability to generate particular economic, legal, political and social outcomes. In the final-third of the semester, each student will be required to apply their newfound skills in economic analysis to a particular country. In particular, each student will write an empirical paper and present their findings to the class.