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Current Affairs

  • Taught by Leading Journalists, Historians, and Authors
  • Focuses on Issues Behind Today’s News
  • Provides a Stimulating Environment for Discussion

If you are interested in current events, these courses will allow you to gain an in-depth and more contextualized understanding of today’s critical issues. This includes historic background, when appropriate, as well as an analysis of the actors and stakeholders affecting outcomes. Join your contemporaries for lively discussion and intellectual stimulation. 

This Summer, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Brexit: Cause, Course, and Consequence

Taught by a former British trade official, this unique course will explain the causes and implications of the United Kingdom's (UK) exit...

2021 Summer
1 section

International Development

Explore the main elements of country development—from economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental perspectives.

2021 Summer
1 section

Publishing Op-Eds and Blogposts

Develop a foundation in argumentative, critical, and analytic writing, and sharpen essential editing skills, for use in international affairs.

2021 Summer
1 section

International Relations

Gain an in-depth understanding of the post-Cold War world order and the Cold War’s impact on current geopolitical and economic landscapes.

2021 Summer
1 section

Disinformation and the Threat to Democracy

Examine fake news: its history, the business reasons for it, its international and domestic cultural and political impact, and its future.

Election 2020: The Policy, Polls, and Messaging Dynamic

The course will address the presidential election, which will determine not only national leadership but the direction of the US political system.

Public Policy Fundamentals

Held directly before and after the presidential inauguration, this course examines the basic principles of government and political science.

America Through Foreign Eyes

Taught by a former Mexican foreign minister, this course explores how the relationship between nationalism and nostalgia impacts American politics.

Beyond the Headlines: The Balance of Power in a Post-Pandemic World

This course will contextualize current global news and politics with both historic and forward-looking perspectives.

The US Presidency: The First 100 Days of the Biden-Harris Administration

Examine the unfolding policy, political, legislative, public opinion, and messaging dimensions of the incoming Biden-Harris administration.