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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-639
Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (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 conflict resolution field, focusing on conflict resolution and reconciliation, mediation, interviewing, negotiation, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-639
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Media Relations in Relief Operations

This intensive course provides a foundation to enable students to develop productive media relationships during overseas humanitarian, reconstruction and peace-building interventions. Students learn how to prepare for interviews, plan and conduct press conferences, design a message development plan and deliver effective responses during media engagements. The course also covers crisis and reputation management, communication models, and provides an overview of the public affairs posture of major international participants in overseas relief operations. The course culminates in video-recorded performance exercises by each student.

SIS-639
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Gender-Focused Peacebuilding

This intensive course focuses on gender and peacebuilding based on human rights, development, and basic human needs perspectives. The course provides students an opportunity to acquire skills which they can use during professional careers at the country, community, and public policy levels, while taking into account key stakeholders, practitioners, and actors that participate in related processes. As such, it helps develop practical skills that can be applied to gender-focused peacebuilding efforts that are based on key international and national mandates, while using frameworks and tools developed to help societies work toward the achievement of gender equality and social change. The course also looks at how tools such as gender analysis, gender-sensitive budgeting, monitoring, and evaluation can be used within gender-focused peacebuilding endeavors geared at ensuring that the human rights, development, and basic human needs of both men and women are taken into account and fulfilled.

SIS-639
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Introduction to Restorative Justice

The course introduce students to the history and uses of restorative justice, as well as to support them in learning and integrating key concepts, tools, and skills related to restorative justice. Meaningfully learning what restorative justice is, why it is relevant, and how to do it calls for an experiential and interactive format. In addition to intellectual exploration, students witness, experience, and practice alternative modes of thought and practice.

SIS-639
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Advocacy for NGOs

NGOs working in development and conflict resolution face a perpetual challenge in translating the work they do to the outside world, in particular, to the policy makers whose writing, speech, and action shape the environment in which funding is appropriated, work defined, and future possibilities shaped. The greatest impact will be made by those organizations that understand how to translate the work they do to outside audiences, navigating political sensitivities, and security challenges relating to danger faced by in-country staff in order to shape policy and strategy. Lacking this capability, programmatic benefits are limited to the specific areas in which they take place, and the possibility of larger change through learned experience is lost. This course instructs students in the advantages, pitfalls, and necessities for an NGO advocacy program, and helps to build the capacity to represent their organization well.