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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-730
Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique, approach, or skill used in the field of international affairs, including grant proposal writing, policy brief writing, public speaking, and strategic planning. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-730
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Structured Analytic Production and Presentation

This course introduces students to the process of thinking in a logical and structured manner about a problem or issue with a specific customer in mind; deciding on an analytic approach; selecting and weighing evidence; and presenting compelling analytic conclusions. Students practice evaluating logical arguments, assessing data, and self-reviewing. They also learn to organize and communicate findings for maximum effectiveness and usability.

SIS-730
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Introduction to Data Visualization

This course is an introduction to the basic principles and practices for data visualization. Data visualization is a representation of information by visual elements to analyze data patterns and to communicate. Students learn why and how to communicate effectively with visualizations effectively, understand and use basic elements and techniques of data visualization, as well as learn about pitfalls and ethical concerns regarding transforming information into a visual language.

SIS-730
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Monitoring and Evaluation

This course is specifically designed for those who seek basic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) knowledge and skills to help them better plan projects, write project grant proposals, and track project efficiency and effectiveness. Students obtain critical M&E planning and thinking skills and data collection tools. They use those skills and tools to develop a comprehensive logical framework in which project activities and M&E plans are contextually sensitive and organizationally feasible, and data quality is not compromised.

SIS-730
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Policy Briefing

This course gives students the tools and confidence to handle a briefing at any level in the policy world with a combination of presentations and group discussion on the art of proper preparation, real-life examples of policy briefings, and challenging practical exercises. Students learn how to develop and present a relevant, tailored, and effective briefing by crafting the briefing to account for the policymaker's level of knowledge, biases, and needs; understanding an issue's place in the policy process and how that impacts the presentation; utilizing graphics to make the complex easy to understand; writing talking points to guide the briefing; being flexible; and dealing with demanding or hostile audiences.

SIS-730
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Real World Strategic Planning

This course prepares students to work with organizations in need of strategic planning. The course gives students basic tools to help organizations find their way. Students learn to detect mission drift, map their ecosystem, construct a theory of change, diagnose sustainability, and more. These key skills are applicable to government entities and NGOs, to large and small organizations. The course is taught via case studies and simulations based on actual recent strategic planning projects.

SIS-730
008
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Multinational Negotiation

Professional communication and multinational negotiation, whether in the corporate or public sector, is all about solving problems. In this course students learn multinational negotiation strategies and techniques to address an array of challenging situations, many of them involving ethical dilemmas. Along the way, students practice and sharpen their writing, speaking, and presentation skills. Students work in teams to tackle negotiation crises. May be taken Pass/Fail Only. Open only to students in the MA in International Relations.

SIS-730
009OL
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Leadership Communication Strategies

This course helps students build persuasive skills to effectively promote good ideas both within and outside organizations. They learn how to be better advocates for their proposals, to motivate and energize others to support their ideas, and to read audience's biases and use the best persuasive strategies to reach them. In addition, students better understand how to handle media communication crises and how to overcome resistance to change. The interactive course builds students' professional repertoire through case studies, role plays, presentations, and techniques of deliberate practice. Finally, students discover the personal qualities they can nurture to be convincing, credible, and ethical leaders. May be taken Pass/Fail Only. Open only to students in the MA in International Relations.

SIS-730
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Policy Briefing

This course gives students the tools and confidence to handle a briefing at any level in the policy world with a combination of presentations and group discussion on the art of proper preparation, real-life examples of policy briefings, and challenging practical exercises. Students learn how to develop and present a relevant, tailored, and effective briefing by crafting the briefing to account for the policymaker's level of knowledge, biases, and needs; understanding an issue's place in the policy process and how that impacts the presentation; utilizing graphics to make the complex easy to understand; writing talking points to guide the briefing; being flexible; and dealing with demanding or hostile audiences.