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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
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Strategic Analytic Techniques

This workshop introduces students to multiple qualitative structured analytic tools and techniques they can use to structure their analysis, generate forecasts, and avoid major mistakes. In numerous hands-on exercises, students practice specific skills to help them overcome mindsets, organize information, diagnose problems, explore different ways of thinking, and avoid surprise. Concepts introduced include analytic traps and mindsets; why we are so quick to fall into mindsets and why they so hard to overcome; the value of structured analytic techniques; and how best to apply these tools and techniques to problems encountered every day.

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.

SIS-730
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Strategic Funding

In the world of non-profits, NGOs, 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 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
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Writing Op-Eds

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 their foot in the door. Students also learn the undervalued skillset of pitching articles to publications and editors. In this hands-on course students draft sections of op-eds during class for real-time feedback.

SIS-730
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Driving Change from within an Organization

The role of innovators within large organizations, the dynamics of how they drive change from positions in the middle or margins of their organization, find resources, win hearts and minds of their supporters, overcome resistance, and bounce back from setbacks. This highly participative took-kit oriented course is based on research done by the League of Intrapreneurs.

SIS-730
006OL
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1)

Structured Analytic Techniques

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
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 aims to build 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't's" of 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 skills institute is designed to help students self-document events, research, fieldwork, and other real-world encounters using nothing more than what is in their pocket: 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, gains skill-sets in creating compelling images and scenes, and learns the basics of editing. Students also add some hardware and software to the smartphone and learn to work with small camcorders. Participants need a fully-charged smartphone and a laptop, and are encouraged to bring any other cameras they may own or to which they have access.