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GAHS Course Descriptions


    Beginning with an examination of the traditional way of thinking about international relations, this course examines global changes over the past half-century and examines the driving forces of globalization: trade, finance, technology and population growth. The course also explores the impact of globalization on political authority, on conflict between states and groups, on economic and personal well-being and on environmental sustainability. Particular attention is paid to the impact of globalization on state, local and national administrative agencies.


    Looks broadly at the structure and function of international organization and the pursuit of human security. The course examines a variety of formal institutions, such as the United Nations and its ancillary organizations, the European community and the World Trade Organization, as well as less formal nongovernmental institutions. It also explores international law as a form of organization in addition to international regimes; the implicit norms, rules and processes around which the expectations of global actors converge; and the impact of this complex network of organization via a focus on elements of human security.

  • GAHS 510 International Migration and Human Security (3)

    This course will examine international migration from the lens of human security. As such, the course will examine the causes for migration today, the role of the state and international organizations in addressing migrant populations, and the rights and responsibilities of migrants. The course will examine migration from both the perspective of the state and the perspective of the migrant.

  • GAHS 600 MANAGING NGOs (3)

    Provides an overview of the nongovernmental sector, nongovernmental organization creation and management of NGOs. The course covers how to create and manage an NGO, the legal requirements for creating an NGO, the roles and responsibilities of members of the board of directors in governing an NGO, managing staff and volunteers, fundraising, income generation possibilities and required reporting.

  • GAHS 605 International Political Economy and Development (3)

    The state of the global political economy dramatically affects economic and social development. This class examines the foundations of international political economy and how we got to where we are today, before examining how international political economy affects the way in which we think about development.


    Explores the theories, policies and practice of development assistance. As such, the course will enable students to develop their understanding of problems in the field of international development and examine mechanisms for how policies can aid and hinder development in practice. prerequisite: none


    Highly interactive, graduate-level seminar that examines the evolution of human security as a concept distinct from national security and that explores how transnational actors—from global elites to NGOs, intergovernmental organizations to supranational bodies—work together to promote good governance, sustainable development and human well-being. The course pays particular attention to contemporary issues in human security and uses case studies to familiarize students with theories, concepts and ideas as well as their application in the modern world. prerequisite: 24 credits in the M.S. in Global Affairs and Human Security program or permission of the program director


    Graduate-level seminar intended to provide an opportunity to students to integrate learning from their internship/ field placement with course themes and concepts studied in the Global Affairs and Human Security program. prerequisite: permission of the program director