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Upcoming Practica Summer & Fall 2018 Practicum Courses

The following courses will be offered as Practica in the summer and fall 2018 semesters. This list will continue to evolve until applications open.

Learn how to apply to upcoming Practica.

On-campus Practica

The following Practica are available to all students, as well as online MAIR/MIS students that can attend weekly on-campus classes.

Conflict Mitigation and Peacebuilding

Professor: Hrach Gregorian

This practicum is designed to increase familiarity with current practice in contemporary conflict prevention, mitigation, and settlement. Topics recently covered include conflict minerals, women's empowerment, youth violence prevention, and peace gaming. Hands-on activities emphasize such skills as narrative analysis, conflict prevention training, monitoring and evaluation, and conflict mapping. Practicum clients include NGOs such as Partners Global, Search for Common Ground, Saferworld, and Resolve; for-profit organizations such as Creative Associates; and government agencies such as the US Department of State.

Intelligence Analysis

Professor: Aki Peritz

The class produces a report intended to serve the intelligence, policy, defense, and diplomatic communities. US national security priorities shift rapidly, and topics will be determined with the client organization.

A Wicked Challenge to US National Security

Professor: Sally Shelton-Colby

Students in this practicum study a country of strategic interest to the United States and develop policy recommendations for the US government. Specifically, the practicum addresses challenges with governance, the government's role in international conflicts, and fractious relationships within the country and in the international community. Students make policy recommendations for US Department of State officials and other relevant entities and identify the pros and cons of each policy recommendation.


Online Practica

Priority for online Practica admission is given to online students, but on-campus students are also welcome to apply!

Stay tuned for upcoming summer 2018 online practica.

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Practica Abroad

These international Practica are offered to all students through SIS's Office of International Programs. Funding may be available to help cover part of the cost of your Practicum abroad through OIP.

Program Evaluation in Global Education Bahamas

Countries around the world are working to improve access to quality education, especially for historically underserved youth, in order to support national development, health, and peace. Through this practicum experience, students will not only practice program evaluation skills in international education and youth development, but will also develop cross-cultural research and communication skills. Students will also exercise intercultural competence skills as they engage with our Bahamian partners.

Professor: Amanda Taylor

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Cooperation for Peacebuilding Israel and Palestine

Students will become familiar with the wider transboundary cooperation efforts of AIES, PWEG, and other organizations in the region. During the desk study portion of the practicum, they will study the theory and practice of environmental peacebuilding, learn about the challenges and opportunities of conducting research and evaluation in a conflict setting, and develop skill in rapid-appraisal techniques, interview methods, and others. They will be required to read extensively and participate in the formulation of an assessment framework/matrix. During the field portion of the practicum, they will live and work in close quarters, meet practitioners working for these NGOs as well as the beneficiary-participant parties of the projects and communities. They will also meet Israeli and Palestinian officials whose governance practices have bearing on water, cooperation and peace in the region. Team members will undertake desk-study and research design work early in the summer of 2018; travel to the region to collect data in the field through participant-observation, interviews, focus groups, and/or archival work at the project sites; and produce a report that will be submitted to the partners to help them assess, improve, and further develop their activities. The collaborative report-writing phase will take place through the remainder of the summer, and possibly into the fall, when one or more public presentations will be made.

Professors: Eric Abitbol and Ken Conca

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The Political Economy of Emerging Security Issues in Northern Europe: NATO's New Northern Flank Norway or Denmark

What are the emerging security issues in NATO's Northern Flank? How do a combination of shifting military technology, climate change and new sea lines of communication, as well as the geopolitics of the Arctic create emergent security challenges? During the later stages of the Cold War, US maritime strategy focused on countering Soviet efforts to use the Arctic as a primary launch point for sub-launched ballistic missiles. This strategy envisioned a joint campaign to connecting ground forces in Norway to surface action groups in the Norwegian Sea and air patrols flying out of England and Iceland. Now Scandinavia and NATO's northern member states face a new range of security challenges connected to shifting economic patterns as much as they do a resurgent Russia. As the ice melts, highly-prized sea lanes emerge that could change global shipping patterns. New resource deposits overlapping territorial claims present new fault-lines intersecting old rivalries. At the same time, Russia is exerting its military power in the region, building a network of bases through which to exert sea control and conduct long-range air and maritime patrols to signal its nuclear capability. This course offers graduate students an opportunity to study these emerging security challenges for a mix of government and corporate partners. The course builds on forecasting and scenario-planning techniques, offering students a unique opportunity to conduct a futures assessment of conflict trends in the region for NATO and a major Fortune-500 business. As such, the course builds on core courses while offering students a forum in which to bridge the gap and apply theory to practice. In the first half of the course, students will take workshops on strategy, geopolitics, and how they intersect with major economic trends shaping the Arctic. These seminars will be conducted using the 2U/MAIR platform. In the second half of the course, students will split their time between Northern Europe-either Norway or Denmark-and partner presentations. As a result of the course, students will gain a deeper understanding for how the intersection of climate change, political economy, and security concerns create new risks and opportunities in the Arctic.

Professor: Benjamin Jensen

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