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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
N01
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Participatory Planning

Participation is a fundamental concept to development. The challenge for development practitioners is to put participatory development theory into everyday practice. This course builds an appreciation of the nuances of participation and to impart specific methods and tools that facilitate participation. The course covers the principles of participatory learning and action (PLA), provides helpful do's and don'ts for carrying out participatory activities and processes, and touches on the caveats of participatory methods in the development industry. The tools and methods covered in the course are drawn from community development planning, PLA, participatory rural/urban appraisal (PRA/PUA), and participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME).

SIS-730
N02
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Strategic Planning

Throughout their career, students will no doubt be expected to participate in their agency's or organization's strategic planning efforts, and they will need to be familiar with the commonly used tools and frameworks. During this fast-paced course, students apply these tools and frameworks to a case study based on actual, recent strategic planning projects. Students also gain an understanding of recent critiques of traditional strategic planning and of the alternative approaches that have been proposed. This course helps students develop their own point of view on which tools are useful in which contexts so that they can help guide the strategic planning processes with which they are involved in the future.

SIS-730
N03
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Producing & Presenting Analytics

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

SIS-730
N04
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Understanding the Military

What could be called "A Field Guide to Silver Eagles and Trained SEALs," this course is designed to familiarize students with the structure, processes, jargon and culture of the US Defense Department and the different Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines). The objective is that students will leave the course better able to work with military personnel in their future assignments, whether as government employees, academics, policy analysts, or representatives of NGOs or IOs. The course methodology focuses on lecture and discussion, with outside video and guest speakers to expand on concepts. In addition to assigned readings and classroom participation, each student writes and presents a short analysis of an outside work that illustrates the ideas covered in the course.

SIS-730
N05
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 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.

SIS-730
N06
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Strategic Funding and Grant Writing Basics

In the world of non-profits, NGOs, and academia, fundraising is an essential skill that impacts virtually every single project, idea, or organizational initiative. In this skills institute students develop a fundamental understanding of strategic fundraising with a particular emphasis on grant writing. The course explores all aspects of grant writing and has a heavy experiential component where participants are able to run their own foundation. Real world examples of grants and grant requirements are explored within the larger context of assessing fundraising programs overall.

SIS-730
N07L
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

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 are equipped to detect mission drift, map an 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
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

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 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Fundraising

In the world of non-profits, NGO's, and academia, fundraising is an essential skill that impacts virtually every single project, idea, or organizational initiative. This course provides students with a donor mapping model for strategic fundraising with a particular emphasis on grant writing. The course explores all aspects of grant writing and has a heavy experiential component where students are able to run their own foundation. Real world examples of grants and grant requirements are explored within the larger context of assessing fundraising programs overall.

SIS-730
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

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
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 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.

SIS-730
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Smartphone Media Production

This course helps students self-document events, research, fieldwork, and other real-world encounters using nothing more than their smartphone. Students learn how to make best use of the tools they already have to preserve key audio and visual information, and how to turn that information into a compelling story for their project. The course discusses the basics of visual storytelling in photography and video, skill sets in creating compelling images and scenes, and the basics of editing. Students also add hardware and software to their smartphone and learn to work with small camcorders. Students need a fully-charged smartphone and a laptop, and are encouraged to also bring other cameras.

SIS-730
009
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment in Disasters

This course provides an overview of techniques of Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment (REA), with specific reference to the use of REA in disaster response. REA techniques are used when circumstances do not allow for a full environmental impact assessment, either due to the urgent nature of response (disasters, conflict, complex emergencies) or due to time and/or budgetary constraints (as in preliminary scoping or rapid-appraisal exercises). The course provides training in REA concepts, techniques, and best practices, and uses the specific lens of disasters and humanitarian response to illustrate their application. The course provides the background of the Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment (REA) process, details how each of the elements of the REA can be used to assess disaster-related environmental issues, provides practical use of the REA and covers how the REA can be used in a variety of humanitarian assistance situations, including "natural" disasters and conflict. The course is useful to anyone who expects to be involved in humanitarian assistance (assessment, planning, design, implementation, evaluation) or development work in the context of natural hazards or conflict.

SIS-730
010
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training

In the wake of natural or man-made disasters, governments and disaster-response agencies are under considerable pressure to assist communities to rebuild rapidly and promote economic recovery. In these circumstances, recovery and rehabilitation projects often result in environmental damage, unsustainable practices, and resulting harm to disaster survivors. This course trains students in use of the Green Recovery and Reconstruction Toolkit (GRRT), developed by the World Wildlife Fund and American Red Cross to facilitate recovery planning and project design that promote for sustainable, resilient communities. The course examines the need for a more environmentally sound recovery process, describes the elements of the GRRT, focuses on how sections of the GRRT can be used in project design, implementation and monitoring and reviews practical ways the GRRT can be used to improve project impacts, outcomes and conditions for disaster survivors.

SIS-730
N08L
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

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, 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
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

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. Open only to MA International Relations students.

SIS-730
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 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. Open only to MA International Relations students.

SIS-730
008OL
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Structured Analytic Production and Process

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
011OL
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Op-Ed Writing

This course introduces the nuts and bolts of conceptualizing, drafting, and pitching op-eds. Students learn about the basic structures of op-eds, determine what publications are looking for in opinion pieces, and capitalize upon unique personal experiences to get one's "foot in the door." Students also learn the undervalued skillset of pitching articles to publications and editors. This is a hands-on course, so students draft sections of op-eds during class for real-time feedback.