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Course Descriptions

GAHS Course Descriptions

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  • GAHS 504 Seminar in Globalization and Social Change (3)

    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.

  • 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 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 New Approaches to Economic and Social Development (3)

    Critically examines innovative and effective strategies for addressing a variety of social, economic, demographic, urban, ecological and institutional issues in selected nations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the islands of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The course reviews the varied working definitions of "development" using multiple case studies drawn from the work of the World Bank, the Asian and African development banks, the Inter-American Development Bank; the work of Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank; the work of multilateral organizations like the United Nations Development Programme and of a variety of nongovernmental organizations, such as the Institute of International Education, the Academy for Educational Development, the Worldwatch Institute and others. Theories of political economy and local community development are also examined and critiqued.

  • 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.

  • GAHS 740 Seminar in Human Security (3)

    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
  • 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