INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-633
Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international communication/cross-cultural communication field, focusing on intercultural training, multicultural negotiation, intercultural leadership, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-633
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Developing Budget Models for International Programs

This course presents a number of different funding models and provides students with the skills needed to construct a viable financial plan for developing an international program initiative. It includes how to construct financial models in support of an international educational initiative, how to build a budget model for an exchange program, dual/joint degree program, or study abroad models and leverage existing institutional resources in support of the initiative.

SIS-633
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Culturally-Responsive Program Analysis

Although it is becoming common knowledge that culture powerfully shapes and structures human experience, many global initiatives designed to combat poverty and inequality in developing nations and underserved communities remain staunchly Western in their approaches. In this course students learn how to do this work differently, with an eye towards increasing program effectiveness as well as promoting social justice. Adopting a culturally-responsive approach goes beyond just taking culture into account in developing social programs. Instead, the class learns how to co-create program goals, structures, implementation plans, and evaluation metrics that emerge from and resonate with the cultural and community contexts they are designed to support, as well as the foundational principles of cultural responsiveness, drawing on and analyzing illuminative case studies from the international education and development fields. Implementing these skills by designing (or re-designing) culturally-responsive programs, drawing from previous field experiences, or fleshing out original program ideas is also practiced.

SIS-633
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Integrated Diplomacy, Defense, and Development

The events of the past decade created a need to integrate diplomatic, military, and development assistance efforts within the U.S. government. Working together has become a necessity; exposing military personnel, development workers, implementing partners, and officials involved in diplomacy from a wide variety of agencies to one another. That collaboration does not come easily, as it tests the organizational cultures, assumptions, values, thought processes, and behaviors of three rough groupings from within the same national culture and strategic mission, while operating in very different cultures overseas. This course, taught by a witness and participant in those intercultural exchanges, provides an overview of the challenges faced and engages students in reality-based case studies and scenarios involving cultural clashes that needed to be negotiated. It involves students in both thoughtful reflection and analysis of these efforts to date and some projections on the future of integrated diplomacy, defense, and development. Meets with SIS-033 905.

SIS-633
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Building Mediator Capacity in a Multicultural Context

To successfully tackle the challenges of today's multicultural academic and professional landscape, individuals must be able to facilitate difficult conversations and manage conflict effectively. Building the capacity to mediate successfully with differing cultural perspectives is a critical component for creating and maintaining sustainable relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. This interactive workshop provides students with essential cross-cultural conflict management skills for building collaborative relationships when working with individuals and groups in conflict. Using hands-on exercises and simulation role-plays, students identify and analyze personal approaches to conflict, increase their cross-cultural competency, build their capacity as mediators, facilitators, and problem-solvers, and learn to transform conflict into opportunity. Meets with SIS-033 903.

SIS-633
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) Conference

The 16th Annual IMI Conference is a two-day interactive dialogue and debate on the dynamic field of intercultural management and communication, bringing together business, education, and training professionals in a exploration of global business management, training methodologies, global organizational development, and conflict management, as well as other compelling and timely topics. A unique opportunity for professional development, the IMI Conference is both academic and applicable to current topics in cross-cultural communication and training. Diverse program offerings include lectures, panel discussions, interactive simulation exercises, and roundtables. Meets with SIS-033 904.

SIS-633
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Applied Intercultural Relations Research: Winning Proposals andWorkable Programs

This interactive course covers four key steps in developing workable strategies for change and combines them with hands-on practice at each step and plenty of group feedback along the way. The process is easily adaptable and can be used to help clarify what almost any initiative is trying to accomplish, identify critical barriers to change and surface assumptions about what's likely to work, what isn't and why. Meets with SIS-033 906.

SIS-633
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Digital Diplomacy

In our contemporary era, the nation-state has lost the monopoly of international power and information and is no longer the sole entity that determines how countries and societies relate to one another on the world stage. From Syria, the Arab Spring, ISIS, WikiLeaks or climate change, it is evident how the use of social media has created a forum for informal and direct dialogue and where passive and hierarchical schemes of international engagement and interaction have totally vanished. With the rise of technology and social media, the fragmentation of actors influencing foreign policymaking is eroding the traditional role of the executive branch of any nation in conducting diplomacy, and therefore governments and their foreign policy establishments must adopt new, more responsive diplomatic tools. This interactive skills course teaches students how to plan and implement a digital dimension to a comprehensive diplomatic strategy.