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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-750
Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics cover methods used in the field of international affairs, including policy analysis, program evaluation, qualitative methods, and advanced quantitative methods. Usually offered every term.

SIS-750
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Qualitative Methods and Methodology

This course examines three leading qualitative approaches to the production of knowledge about world politics: comparative case studies, participant observation, and the analysis of social networks. It considers theoretical and application issues, as well as reading and discussing exemplary work in each of these different approaches. The course provides students with a "toolkit" for the analysis of questions and issues not amenable to quantification.

SIS-750
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

International Affairs Statistics and Methods II

This course is a continuation of SIS-600 International Affairs Statistics and Methods. It covers advanced topics in linear regression analysis and extensions of the classic linear model with a focus on the analysis of longitudinal and panel data. The course also introduces students to regression models for categorical and limited dependent variables. Prerequisite: SIS-600 or equivalent course that provides familiarity with multivariate linear regression.

SIS-750
E01L
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Qualitative Methods and Methodology

This online course examines three leading qualitative approaches to the production of knowledge about world politics: comparative case studies, participant observation, and the analysis of social networks. It considers theoretical and application issues, as well as reading and discussing exemplary work in each of these different approaches. The course provides students with a "toolkit" for the analysis of questions and issues not amenable to quantification.

SIS-750
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

International Policy Analysis

This seminar provides an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy analysis in international affairs, focusing on the methods used to analyze and evaluate policy, the various issues associated with policy formation, and the application of these methods to current national security challenges. Students apply these methods and explore policy options for addressing the most significant geostrategic challenges likely to face policymakers over the coming years, including Russia, China, Iran, and violent extremism.

SIS-750
101OL
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Planning, Forecasting, and Decision Making

This course introduces students to a range of planning and forecasting techniques used in the defense and foreign policy communities. Fog and friction define not just war, but policy in general. The future is uncertain and subject to unanticipated changes. To meet these challenges, professionals require techniques to visualize alternative futures and make plans to maximize opportunities and minimize likely risks.

SIS-750
201OL
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

This course introduces the six phases of a project cycle, and is designed to build and/or strengthen an individual's knowledge, methods, and skills to (1) design a development, governance, or post-conflict project for a specific population, and (2) develop a project monitoring and evaluation plan for (a) ensuring project efficiency and (b) measuring project effectiveness. Tools learned and practiced include: Problem/Objectives Analysis; Theories of Change; Needs Assessments; Logical Frameworks; Indicator Protocol Sheets; Data Collection Toolkits; Means of Verification; and Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Report (MERL) Plan.

SIS-750
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

International Policy Analysis

This seminar provides an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy analysis in international affairs, focusing on the methods used to analyze and evaluate policy, the various issues associated with policy formation, and the application of these methods to current national security challenges. Students apply these methods and explore policy options for addressing the most significant geostrategic challenges likely to face policymakers over the coming years, including Russia, China, Iran, and violent extremism.

SIS-750
N10L
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Plans, Forecasts and Decisions

This course introduces students to a range of planning and forecasting techniques used in the defense and foreign policy communities. Fog and friction define not just war, but policy in general. The future is uncertain and subject to unanticipated changes. To meet these challenges, professionals require techniques to visualize alternative futures and make plans to maximize opportunities and minimize likely risks.

SIS-750
N01HB
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Program Monitoring and Evaluation

This hybrid course is an in-depth exploration of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process, an indispensable part of program and project development. Students are introduced to the various kinds of broader political, social, cultural, and ethical concerns that inform M&E work, as well as some of the important M&E methodological tools and techniques used in the international development field. Some of the skills students learn include designing monitoring, evaluation, and reporting plans for proposals, writing up key documents such as M&E frameworks, literature reviews, and evaluations, and developing data/evidence packages for communication materials. As part of the course, students have an opportunity to practice using the skills and knowledge they gain in this course by applying it to work actually occurring on the ground.

SIS-750
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

International Policy Analysis

This seminar provides an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy analysis in international affairs, focusing on the methods used to analyze and evaluate policy, the various issues associated with policy formation, and the application of these methods to current national security challenges. Students apply these methods and explore policy options for addressing the most significant geostrategic challenges likely to face policymakers over the coming years, including Russia, China, Iran, and violent extremism.

SIS-750
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Program Evaluation

This course introduces methods and skills used in evaluating international development programs. The course introduces students to the evaluation process and various evaluation designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis. This course has a practical purpose as it aims at preparing students for the work performed by international organizations and bilateral aid agencies. Therefore, the final project for this course is produced in cooperation with one of the clients that is invited to be part of the class, such as the World Bank and USAID. By the end of this course students are able to produce program evaluation studies of publishable quality that can also be used in international organizations, NGOs, and the U.S. government.

SIS-750
E03L
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SUMMER 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Qualitative Methods and Methodology

This online course examines three leading qualitative approaches to the production of knowledge about world politics: comparative case studies, participant observation, and the analysis of social networks. It considers theoretical and application issues, as well as reading and discussing exemplary work in each of these different approaches. The course provides students with a "toolkit" for the analysis of questions and issues not amenable to quantification.