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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.

International Development

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

2019 Summer
1 section

World Politics: The New Global Power Alignments

Explore the impact on the the global power structure of the significant shifts in alignments, which have shaped global politics in recent years.

2019 Summer
4 sections

Global LGBTI Rights

Examine in detail how LGBTI issues have evolved and how they have been addressed at the UN and in other international forums.

2019 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.

2019 Summer
1 section

Radical Practice: Applied Arts for Social Justice

Gain practical knowledge and skills in arts-based approaches to peacebuilding through exercises and activities, readings, and discussions.

2019 Summer
1 section

Critical Issues

Gain a deeper understanding of today’s global issues in this series that offers insights not generally available outside graduate seminars.

Fighting Fake News

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

Midterm Election Snapshot: Trump Foreign Policy, Politics, and the Global Stage

This course will address key elements of current US foreign policy and its effect on global security, as well as implications for midterm elections.

The Americas During the Age of Trump

This course will analyze how the Trump administration has affected intraregional strategic, political, and economic relations in the Americas.

The Foreign Policy Dynamic: The New Congress, the President, and the 2020 Election

Evaluate the new US foreign policy dynamic with regard to the new Congress, the global security landscape, and the 2020 presidential election.

World Politics: The Struggle for Global Leadership

Discuss whether positive developments can offset the explosive tendencies as the US, China, and Russia engage in political and economic conflict.

Public Policy and Political Science Fundamentals

Examine the fundamentals of public policymaking, including how policies become reality and why certain policies succeed while others don’t.

World Politics: The Coming Rise and Fall of Great Powers

Discuss the possibility of a new shake-up of the global power structure and the resulting fateful consequences for the coming decades.