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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.

Critical Issues

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

1 section

Fighting Fake News

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

2018 Fall
1 section

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.

2018 Fall
1 section

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.

2018 Fall
4 sections

US Foreign Policy in the Western Hemisphere During the Age of Trump

Discuss how the US has decisively been altering policy directions with Western Hemisphere neighbors since President Trump took office.

2018 Fall
1 section

Global LGBT Rights

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

Protecting Minority and Vulnerable Populations: Global Challenges and Responses

This course will cover the current conditions facing multiple minority groups and other vulnerable populations worldwide, including in the US.

The Art of Negotiation: From Global to Local

Gain an in-depth understanding of the application of negotiation.

The US Role in the World: The President, Congress, and the Global Reaction

The course will consider visions of the US role in the world from a variety of official Washington perspectives, and the global reaction and response.

World Politics: Big Powers--Stability vs. Catastrophe

Recently, several big powers have become far more aggressive in their international policies. Is this indicative of a new era in world affairs?

World Politics: Crises, Wars, and Cold Wars

This course will discuss the impact that current international crises could have on several key nations around the world.