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GAHS Course Descriptions

  • GAHS 504 HUMAN SECURITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE (3)

    This course examines the impact of globalization on political authority, primarily focusing on the core concepts of human security. It covers topics that range from the origins of human security to applies human security concepts such as human rights, conflict and war, post-conflict construction, food security, environmental sustainability, and gender concerns. The topics are related to globalization and the cross-border flow of people, information, and ideas, which at times have exacerbated issues of human security or in other instances helped resolve many of these issues. Given its scope, the course can be understood as one that bridges globalization, human security, and global affairs.

  • GAHS 508 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (3)

    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.

  • GAHS 610 INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3)

    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

  • GAHS 630 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1 - 3)

    Research project related to studies in Global Affairs and Human Security. Topics will vary based on individual student interest. Course may be repeated with permission of program director. Students should develop a proposal outlining their chosen topic for review by instructor of record and program director. Prerequisite: Permission of program director. Credit Hours: Variable (1-3).

  • GAHS 740 GLOBAL AFFAIRS AND HUMAN SECURITY CAPSTONE (3)

    A highly interactive seminar that guides students in completing their capstone research projects and presenting their research to the broader university community. Students will prepare an analytical research paper that integrates learning from the program courses, internship experiences, and other activities pertinent to their chosen research focus and unique interests in the program.

  • GAHS 760 INTERNSHIP/FIELD PLACEMENT SEMINAR (3)

    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