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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-628 Advanced Topics in International Communication (1-3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Rotating topics include cross-cultural collaboration in global virtual teams; health and culture across borders; public diplomacy; social entrepreneurship; global innovation without frontiers; social media and cultural-political transformation; race, class, and power in international education; field research in health communication; foreign media and public opinion; managing international and intercultural programs and exchanges; health communication, disability policy and organization; cyber-conflict in global perspective; and mass media and terrorism. Usually offered every term.

SIS-628 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Intercultural Leadership
This course examines global leadership in cross-cultural contexts in order to develop enhanced understanding of key leadership research and best practices and the characteristics of interculturally competent global leaders. Questions such as why leaders who are successful in domestic settings sometimes fail dramatically in international/intercultural contexts, and what is different about global/intercultural leadership, are addressed.
SIS-628 005
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Global Migration
The cross-border migration of people is not a new phenomenon, what is new is the degree to which state and non-state actors are involved in encouraging, managing, and controlling the movement of people. This course on transnational migration in the twenty-first century introduces students to multidisciplinary frameworks for analyzing the phenomenon. It examines historical-structural forces that shaped migration during the colonial era, followed by their material and symbolic legacies in the present. Among the topics covered are international policies and conventions governing different dimensions (such as labor, asylum, and leisure) and modes (regular and irregular) of migration; the role of contemporary trade policies; the human trafficking-terrorism nexus; the emergence of transnational communities and identities; and the politics of immigration in receiving countries.
SIS-628 007
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Communication, Culture and International Conflict
The course examines the deeper sociocultural and communication drivers of conflict as seen in multiple regions of the world such as the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. The course examines the communication struggle for the hearts and minds of the population by key players in conflict environments, the evolution of insurgent networks, the sociocultural capabilities of security organizations in fighting the insurgency and winning the population's trust, the cultural beliefs, identities and interests of local populations, civilian governance and leadership in conflict zones, the role of international intervention and international organizations, the information, communication and media environment, the battle of narratives and narrative strategies, the challenge of strengthening national identity, intercultural relations, security and governance capabilities through aid and assistance, and sociocultural lessons for future conflicts.
SIS-628 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Global Perspective on Public Diplomacy
This course provides an introduction to the conceptual and theoretical foundations for public diplomacy programs, new media public diplomacy initiatives, and how media outlets are used by international actors to influence global public opinion. The course covers issues and theories related to soft power, strategic communication, and media-based international relations. It reviews contemporary debates on U.S. public diplomacy and the public diplomacy initiatives of other nation-states and non-state actors. The course is a comprehensive inquiry into assumptions that continue to justify and define the evolving range of policies related to public diplomacy and strategic communication. Meets with SIS-628 901.
SIS-628 008
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Global Social Media, Identity, Representation, and Youth Culture
This interactive course illuminates the ways multimedia and social media platforms are used to negotiate identity, especially among youth. The course concerns itself with the ways in which youth harness and are subject to social media power by focusing on the interrelations among social media, economic practices, cultural identity constructions, representations, and contestations. Through examinations of social media and multimedia sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and global counterparts in countries like China and India, the course employs critical approaches to explore the uses of social media in the professional, cultural, social, political, and personal life contexts of youth. Particular attention is paid to the intersections of gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, and religion, social class, age, physical ability, and related identities. Topically, the course explores the power of social media to catalyze one's work life especially in a global economy; enhances or impairs education; promotes and limits cross-border cultural flows and cross-cultural communication through circulation of commodities, texts, and artifacts; opens up new avenues for public diplomacy as well as effective cross-cultural immersive experiences; and galvanizes or stymies civic engagement and social justice activities as older generations seek to reassert control over the threat of dissolution of tradition, conformity, and community. At a practical level, students are prepared to apply course knowledge and frameworks in professional contexts such as new public and cultural diplomacy, social entrepreneurship, arts management, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, cross-cultural training, and social justice activism in international and domestic contexts.
SIS-628 902
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Global Perspective on Public Diplomacy
This course provides an introduction to the conceptual and theoretical foundations for public diplomacy programs, new media public diplomacy initiatives, and how media outlets are used by international actors to influence global public opinion. The course covers issues and theories related to soft power, strategic communication, and media-based international relations. It reviews contemporary debates on U.S public diplomacy and the public diplomacy initiatives of other nation-states and non-state actors. The course is a comprehensive inquiry into assumptions that continue to justify and define the evolving range of policies related to public diplomacy and strategic communication. Open only to students in the Graduate Certificate in International Arts Management. Meets with SIS-628 003 SIS-628 901.
SIS-628 003
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-628 004
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-628 001
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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