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SIS-730 Skills Inst in Int'l Affairs Course Level: Graduate

Skills Institutes in International Affairs (1) Topics vary by section. 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: fall, spring, and summer. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Grading: Pass/Fail only.

SIS-730-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Analytic Writing
Analytic Writing (1) This course introduces students to analytic writing as it is used in intelligence, policy, and nonprofit work. Policy-focused careers in Washington, DC often require familiarity with concise, direct, and terse prose that puts the bottom line up front. Through a series of conversations and exercises, students learn to present their ideas in a writing style recognized by the policy community. Meets with SIS-730 201.
SIS-730-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Mediating Evolving Conflicts
Mediating Evolving Conflicts with Multiple Actors (1) Syria, Iraq, Columbia, Ukraine are just a few of the on-going conflicts that defy a binary framing and feature complex environments where numerous sides continuously evolve and collide. Yet most conflict resolution practices - negotiation, mediation, dialogues, problem solving workshops - focus on bringing together and building accord between two well-defined sides. Drawing upon theories of nationalism, structural violence, elicitive practice, and critical discourse analysis that define conflict as a complex phenomenon and not only as a disagreement between two preestablished sides, this course introduces practical methods of working in evolving multi-actor environments. Students gain skills necessary for designing interventions and mediating in contexts where more than two sides are present or when the environment and the actors are in flux. Students also learn to tackle contexts where a conflict initially assumed to be two-sided proves to be a multi-actor affair. Meets with SIS-730 202.
SIS-730-003
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Gender Analysis & Development
Gender Analysis and Development (1) This course explores the concept of gender and its practical application to international development programs and policy. It covers a variety of analytical and planning tools as well as frameworks and methodologies developed and used by gender practitioners and activists worldwide. Students review gender concepts, gender analysis frameworks, gender analysis tools and strategies for gender mainstreaming and gender integration in international relief and development programs. This interactive skills institute focuses on applying gender analysis tools in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Meets with SIS-730 203.
SIS-730-004
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Impact Investing
Impact Investing (1) This course covers the core principles involved with investing for societal as well as economic impact. Intended for students interested in pursuing careers in social finance, philanthropy/nonprofit, investment management, or responsible banking, the course provides an overview of the impact investment market as well as the practical application of the core principles of the sector. Students explore the due diligence and deal structuring required for investing in social enterprises, what is involved in developing an investment portfolio for an organization or a fund, and the basic investment decisions behind it. Meets with SIS-730 204.
SIS-730-005
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Fundraising
Fundraising (1) 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 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. Meets with SIS-730 205.
SIS-730-006
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Briefing Policymakers
Briefing Policymakers (1) This course gives students the tools and confidence to brief those who influence, execute, and develop policy in any field. Students develop the confidence to handle a briefing at any level with a combination of presentations and group discussion on the art of proper preparation. Students are exposed to real-life examples of briefing policymakers and challenging practical exercises. Students develop and present a tailored briefing that accounts for a specific policymaker. They consider the policymaker's level of knowledge, biases, and needs; as well as an understanding of how a specific issue relates to policy. Meets with SIS-730 206.
SIS-730-007
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Real World Strategic Planning
Real World Strategic Planning (1) 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. Meets with SIS-730 207.
SIS-730-008
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Budgeting for Development
Budgeting for Development (1) A basic understanding of how the U.S. government's budget is managed through the allocation of foreign aid to address international development challenges such as literacy, maternal and child health, good governance, clean water, and food security, is needed to understand how international development works. At a more practical level, an understanding of how to build, manage, and report on a budget is required to work on any development project. In this course students learn the overall framework for how funding is allocated to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), how priorities are set, and how funds make their way to the USAID Mission managing resources at the country level. The course follows the program process within USAID as a guide to understanding how the budget flows down to individual projects and how NGO and for profit implementers use budgets to deliver assistance on the ground. Students learn the fundamentals of how to construct a budget and budget monitoring methodologies, as well as getting hands-on experience in basic budget forecasting and standard budget reporting. Meets with SIS-730 208.
SIS-730-009
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Business-NGO Partnership Bldg
Business-NGO Partnership Building (1) Provides the skills and knowledge to build successful cross-sector partnerships between businesses and NGOs based on practical experience. Covers skills that can be applied to all stages of this process from networking, building relationships and trust, to writing an MOU, implementing a partnership, and measuring outcomes. Meets with SIS-730 209.
SIS-730-010
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Media Reltns in Conflict Zones
Media Relations in Conflict Zones (1) Students learn to develop productive media relationships and understand the role of public affairs during overseas humanitarian, reconstruction, and peace-building interventions. Students also learn how to recognize a communication crisis and prepare for crisis and reputation management. The course also covers management of press conferences from planning to execution, delivering effective responses, and methods to ensure mutually beneficial exchanges of information between organizations and the media. Meets with SIS-730 210.
SIS-730-011
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Program Dsgn, M&E, Learning
Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (1) This course introduces methods and skills used in evaluating international development programs with a focus on planning and design. The course introduces students to the evaluation process and various evaluation designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis. The course has a practical focus as it prepares students for performing work funded by international organizations, bilateral aid agencies, philanthropic foundations, or other global development donors. Students develop a broad understanding of program evaluation and how to apply tools and templates to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities. The primary skills include how to develop a theory of change, a results framework, and learning plan; how to differentiate among the many approaches to evaluation, such as performance, impact, developmental, utilization-focused, etc., and develop an understanding regarding when and how each should be used; the ability to use information and communications technology (ICT) tools for surveys; and an understanding of approaches required to communicate results in an accessible manner. Meets with SIS-730 211.
SIS-730-012
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Design Intercultural Training
Designing Intercultural Training Programs (1) This hands-on course focuses on the design of intercultural programs to enhance and develop intercultural understanding, communication, and competence. Students develop and critique training program materials and curricula for practical application in such settings as schools, business, government, non-profits, and in international contexts. Emphasis is placed on programs for multicultural as well as substantially mono-cultural contexts. In addition to interpersonal and intercultural skills, and the development of training materials, the course briefly touches on evaluation as integral components of effective program design. Meets with SIS-730 212.
SIS-730-013
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Driving Change Within an Org
Driving Change from within an Organization (1) 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 set-backs. This highly participative took-kit oriented course is based on research done by the League of Intrapreneurs. Meets with SIS-730 213.
SIS-730-014
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Public Speaking
Public Speaking (1) This skills institute focuses on effective public speaking and presentation skills. Students learn to deliver with style, passion and confidence. The institute focuses on the four key steps to persuasive presentations: defining your purpose, focusing on audience needs, effective presentation writing and developing a personal delivery style. Students are prepared to develop a well-planned public speech and gain tools to persuade, inform and inspire. Meets with SIS-730 214.
SIS-730-101
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Multinational Negotiation
Section Fee: $275.00. Instructional Method: Online. Multinational Negotiation (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Travel Dates: August 25-26, 2018. Travel Location: Washington, D.C.
SIS-730-102
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Culturally-Responsve Prog Dsgn
Section Fee: $275.00. Instructional Method: Hybrid. Culturally-Responsive Program Design (1) Although it is becoming common knowledge that culture powerfully shapes and structures human experience, many global initiatives designed to combat poverty and inequality in developing nations and underserved communities remain staunchly Western in their approaches. In this course, students learn how to adopt a culturally-responsive approach to program design and analysis to increase program effectiveness and promote social justice. Through interactive exercises, students learn the foundational principles of cultural responsiveness, drawing on illuminative case studies from the international development, international education, and global health fields. Students learn how to co-create program goals, structures, implementation plans, and evaluation metrics that emerge from and resonate with the cultural and community contexts they are designed to support. Students also practice implementing these skills by designing (or re-designing) culturally-responsive programs, drawing from previous field experiences, or by fleshing out original program ideas. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Travel Dates: August 25 - 26, 2018. Travel Location: Washington, D.C.
SIS-730-103
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Research With Participants
Instructional Method: Online. Research with Participants: Interviews, Focus Groups, and Participant-Observation (1) This interactive skills institute introduces three qualitative research methods involving participants: interviews, focus groups, and participant-observation. Through applied in-class exercises and independent projects, students expand their foundational understanding of when and how to utilize qualitative research methods, as well as how to analyze the materials that result from such methods. This institute covers how to create interview and moderator guides; conduct individual interviews; facilitate and manage focus group discussions; transcribe recorded meetings; organize field notes; and write up qualitative research reports. Assigned readings cover the assumptions, goals, strengths, and weaknesses of these methods. Other assigned materials cover important questions about ethics and responsibilities in research with participants. Students carry out a mini-research project and write up a report using one of the research methods covered in the institute. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-104
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Writing Op-Eds
Instructional Method: Online. Writing Op-Eds (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-105
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Learner-Centered Training
Instructional Method: Online. Designing Learner-Centered Trainings for Conflict Transformation (1) This course examines principles and practices of learner-centered design for those designing and facilitating training/education for conflict transformation. The course focuses on design of training and education events using principles of dialogue education. Students examine the power of group-based learning to bring about behavior change. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-201
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Analytic Writing
Special Tuition Rate. Analytic Writing (1) This course introduces students to analytic writing as it is used in intelligence, policy, and nonprofit work. Policy-focused careers in Washington, DC often require familiarity with concise, direct, and terse prose that puts the bottom line up front. Through a series of conversations and exercises, students learn to present their ideas in a writing style recognized by the policy community. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 001.
SIS-730-202
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Mediating Evolving Conflicts
Special Tuition Rate. Mediating Evolving Conflicts with Multiple Actors (1) Syria, Iraq, Columbia, Ukraine are just a few of the on-going conflicts that defy a binary framing and feature complex environments where numerous sides continuously evolve and collide. Yet most conflict resolution practices - negotiation, mediation, dialogues, problem solving workshops - focus on bringing together and building accord between two well-defined sides. Drawing upon theories of nationalism, structural violence, elicitive practice, and critical discourse analysis that define conflict as a complex phenomenon and not only as a disagreement between two preestablished sides, this course introduces practical methods of working in evolving multi-actor environments. Students gain skills necessary for designing interventions and mediating in contexts where more than two sides are present or when the environment and the actors are in flux. Students also learn to tackle contexts where a conflict initially assumed to be two-sided proves to be a multi-actor affair. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 002.
SIS-730-203
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Gender Analysis & Development
Special Tuition Rate. Gender Analysis and Development (1) This course explores the concept of gender and its practical application to international development programs and policy. It covers a variety of analytical and planning tools as well as frameworks and methodologies developed and used by gender practitioners and activists worldwide. Students review gender concepts, gender analysis frameworks, gender analysis tools and strategies for gender mainstreaming and gender integration in international relief and development programs. This interactive skills institute focuses on applying gender analysis tools in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 003.
SIS-730-204
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Impact Investing
Special Tuition Rate. Impact Investing (1) This course covers the core principles involved with investing for societal as well as economic impact. Intended for students interested in pursuing careers in social finance, philanthropy/nonprofit, investment management, or responsible banking, the course provides an overview of the impact investment market as well as the practical application of the core principles of the sector. Students explore the due diligence and deal structuring required for investing in social enterprises, what is involved in developing an investment portfolio for an organization or a fund, and the basic investment decisions behind it. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 004.
SIS-730-205
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Fundraising
Special Tuition Rate. Fundraising (1) 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 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 005.
SIS-730-206
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Briefing Policymakers
Special Tuition Rate. Briefing Policymakers (1) This course gives students the tools and confidence to brief those who influence, execute, and develop policy in any field. Students develop the confidence to handle a briefing at any level with a combination of presentations and group discussion on the art of proper preparation. Students are exposed to real-life examples of briefing policymakers and challenging practical exercises. Students develop and present a tailored briefing that accounts for a specific policymaker. They consider the policymaker's level of knowledge, biases, and needs; as well as an understanding of how a specific issue relates to policy. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 006.
SIS-730-207
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Real World Strategic Planning
Special Tuition Rate. Real World Strategic Planning (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 007.
SIS-730-208
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Budgeting for Development
Special Tuition Rate. Budgeting for Development (1) A basic understanding of how the U.S. government's budget is managed through the allocation of foreign aid to address international development challenges such as literacy, maternal and child health, good governance, clean water, and food security, is needed to understand how international development works. At a more practical level, an understanding of how to build, manage, and report on a budget is required to work on any development project. In this course students learn the overall framework for how funding is allocated to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), how priorities are set, and how funds make their way to the USAID Mission managing resources at the country level. The course follows the program process within USAID as a guide to understanding how the budget flows down to individual projects and how NGO and for profit implementers use budgets to deliver assistance on the ground. Students learn the fundamentals of how to construct a budget and budget monitoring methodologies, as well as getting hands-on experience in basic budget forecasting and standard budget reporting. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 008.
SIS-730-209
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Business-NGO Partnership Bldg
Special Tuition Rate. Business-NGO Partnership Building (1) Provides the skills and knowledge to build successful cross-sector partnerships between businesses and NGOs based on practical experience. Covers skills that can be applied to all stages of this process from networking, building relationships and trust, to writing an MOU, implementing a partnership, and measuring outcomes. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 009.
SIS-730-210
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Media Reltns in Conflict Zones
Special Tuition Rate. Media Relations in Conflict Zones (1) Students learn to develop productive media relationships and understand the role of public affairs during overseas humanitarian, reconstruction, and peace-building interventions. Students also learn how to recognize a communication crisis and prepare for crisis and reputation management. The course also covers management of press conferences from planning to execution, delivering effective responses, and methods to ensure mutually beneficial exchanges of information between organizations and the media. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 010.
SIS-730-211
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Program Dsgn, M&E, Learning
Special Tuition Rate. Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (1) This course introduces methods and skills used in evaluating international development programs with a focus on planning and design. The course introduces students to the evaluation process and various evaluation designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis. The course has a practical focus as it prepares students for performing work funded by international organizations, bilateral aid agencies, philanthropic foundations, or other global development donors. Students develop a broad understanding of program evaluation and how to apply tools and templates to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities. The primary skills include how to develop a theory of change, a results framework, and learning plan; how to differentiate among the many approaches to evaluation, such as performance, impact, developmental, utilization-focused, etc., and develop an understanding regarding when and how each should be used; the ability to use information and communications technology (ICT) tools for surveys; and an understanding of approaches required to communicate results in an accessible manner. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 011.
SIS-730-212
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Design Intercultural Training
Special Tuition Rate. Designing Intercultural Training Programs (1) This hands-on course focuses on the design of intercultural programs to enhance and develop intercultural understanding, communication, and competence. Students develop and critique training program materials and curricula for practical application in such settings as schools, business, government, non-profits, and in international contexts. Emphasis is placed on programs for multicultural as well as substantially mono-cultural contexts. In addition to interpersonal and intercultural skills, and the development of training materials, the course briefly touches on evaluation as integral components of effective program design. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 012.
SIS-730-213
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Driving Change Within an Org
Special Tuition Rate. Driving Change from within an Organization (1) 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 set-backs. This highly participative took-kit oriented course is based on research done by the League of Intrapreneurs. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 013.
SIS-730-214
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Public Speaking
Special Tuition Rate. Public Speaking (1) This skills institute focuses on effective public speaking and presentation skills. Students learn to deliver with style, passion and confidence. The institute focuses on the four key steps to persuasive presentations: defining your purpose, focusing on audience needs, effective presentation writing and developing a personal delivery style. Students are prepared to develop a well-planned public speech and gain tools to persuade, inform and inspire. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 014.
SIS-730-001
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Fundraising and Grantwriting
Fundraising and Grantwriting (1) Fundraising is a critical skill for anyone working in and around nonprofits and NGOs. In this course students gain a basic understanding of fundraising with a particular emphasis on grant writing. The course explores all aspects of grant writing (except government grant writing) and has a key experiential component where students run their own foundations. Real world examples of grants and grant requirements are explored within the larger context of fundraising programs overall. Meets with SIS-730 201.
SIS-730-002
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Analytic Writing
Analytic Writing (1) This course introduces students to analytic writing as it is used in intelligence, policy, and nonprofit work. Policy-focused careers in Washington, DC often require familiarity with concise, direct, and terse prose that puts the bottom line up front. Through a series of conversations and exercises, students learn to present their ideas in a writing style recognized by the policy community. Meets with SIS-730 202.
SIS-730-003
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Leading Intercultural Teams
Leading Intercultural Teams at Work (1) Knowing how to work well in intercultural teams is a highly prized professional skill. This course explores the special challenges that confront members of intercultural teams and provides tools to enhance students' skills. Students look at how to ensure smooth functioning of teams from their initial formation through differences in communication and motivation, conflict resolution, and sparking creativity. The course also discusses best practices for virtual and intergenerational teams that function across cultures. Meets with SIS-730 203.
SIS-730-004
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Leading Intercultural Teams
Leading Intercultural Teams at Work (1) Knowing how to work well in intercultural teams is a highly prized professional skill. This course explores the special challenges that confront members of intercultural teams and provides tools to enhance students' skills. Students look at how to ensure smooth functioning of teams from their initial formation through differences in communication and motivation, conflict resolution, and sparking creativity. The course also discusses best practices for virtual and intergenerational teams that function across cultures. Meets with SIS-730 204.
SIS-730-005
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Program Design M&E Learning
Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (1) This course introduces methods and skills used in evaluating international development programs with a focus on planning and design. The course introduces students to the evaluation process and various evaluation designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis. This course prepares students for performing work funded by international organizations, bilateral aid agencies, a philanthropic foundation, or other global development donors. Students develop a broad understanding of program evaluation and understand how to apply tools and templates to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities. The primary skills taught during the class include how to develop a theory of change, a results framework, and learning plan, how to differentiate among the many approaches to evaluation, such as performance, impact, developmental, utilization-focused and develop an understanding regarding when and how each should be used, the ability to use ICT tools for surveys, and an understanding of approaches required to communicate results in an accessible manner. Meets with SIS-730 205.
SIS-730-006
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Understanding the Military
Understanding the Military (1) What could be called "A Field Guide to Silver Eagles and Trained SEALs," this course familiarizes students with the structure, processes, jargon, and culture of the U.S. Defense Department and the different Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines). Students 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 lectures and discussion, with outside video and guest speakers to expand on concepts. In addition to assigned readings and classroom participation, students write and present a short analysis of an outside work that illustrates the ideas covered in the course. Meets with SIS-730 206.
SIS-730-007
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Design for Development
Design for Development (1) Students learn how to apply design-thinking principles to a real-world development problem such as access to healthcare, financial exclusion, and economic inequality. The course includes an introductory workshop and special guest lectures from experts who use design-thinking principles to create user-centered processes, partnerships, approaches, and innovations that address critical development gaps in emerging markets. Students work in teams to research, prototype, and design a solution to a challenge and then pitch their innovation to a panel of judges who provide feedback. Meets with SIS-730 207.
SIS-730-008
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Exped Civil-Military Interactn
Expeditionary Civil-Military Interactions (1) Civilians and military from multiple countries, alliances and regional organizations, and NGOs often work alongside each other in peace and stability operations as well as other complex emergencies. Sometimes this interaction is smooth, although it also poses challenges in terms of organizational cultural, goals, work styles, mandates, constraints, and language. The academic field of civil-military relations offers little to help practitioners navigate their differences in field environments. The possibilities and problems go in both directions, as both civilians and military benefit from a better understanding of how to coordinate, negotiate, and work with each other in expeditionary environments. Meets with SIS-730 208.
SIS-730-102
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Designing Qualitative Research
Instructional Method: Online. Designing Qualitative Research (1) This skills institute mentors students through the process of crafting a qualitative research proposal, while critiquing the conceptualization and implementation of existing qualitative research design. The ability to critically question and evaluate qualitative research encountered throughout professional and academic pathways is essential. By examining literature and research, exploring analytical approaches, and developing qualitative data collection skills, students explore a variety of opportunities and challenges for conducting qualitative research online and across cultures. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-103
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Prob Def & Target Netwrk Modlg
Instructional Method: Online. Problem Definition and Target Network Modeling (1) This course introduces students to two tools of intelligence analysis: problem definition modeling and target network modeling. The United States intelligence and national security communities use these techniques to facilitate situational understanding and efficient processing of information. Students create problem definition and target network models to learn how to organize incoming data, identify the central components within a network, manage conflicting information, and assess gaps in intelligence. They develop an understanding of hidden biases and analytic traps, and how the models are used to identify and overcome them. The course draws on open-source information to explore a variety of case studies and simulations, applying the techniques to a range of topics such as mapping the flow of illegal arms sales in the Democratic Republic of Congo and tracking the position and behavior of the North Korean submarine fleet. Students test, strengthen, and demonstrate their critical analysis, creative thinking, and information-modeling skills. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-104
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Analyzing Social Media Data
Instructional Method: Online. Analyzing Social Media Data and Networks (1) Students are introduced to techniques for analyzing both the content of social media posts and the larger structure of social networks. These techniques can be used to map the spread of ideas over social media, visualize who is speaking to whom, and analyze public discourse at both the elite and street level. For example, these approaches can be used to analyze the role that social media plays in advancing a social movement's goals, the facilitation of civil resistance and nonviolent action, the spread of public diplomacy, the creation and expansion of nationalist ideologies, and the recruitment of terrorists. The primary focus is on the analysis of Twitter data, but data from other social media sources is also considered. Students are introduced to several software applications for social media analysis including NVivo, R, and NodeXL. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-105
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Consulting Skills
Instructional Method: Online. Consulting Skills (1) This course equips students with skills and perspectives to make positive change from the vantage point of an outside consultant as well as from within an organization. Students learn the basics of consulting -from understanding the needs of a client and developing a scope of work, to building trust and credibility with a client and delivering recommendations that will create impact. The course includes case studies, hands-on practice, and speakers who will bring the tools and skills to life. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-106
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Understanding the U.S. Senate
Program Fee: $275.00. Travel Dates: May 5-6, 2018. Travel Location: Washington, D.C. Understanding the U.S. Senate: Institution and Practice (1) This course examines the unique history, rules, and problems of the U.S. Senate as they relate to foreign policy and international affairs. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, or International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-201
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Fundraising and Grantwriting
Special Tuition Rate. Fundraising and Grantwriting (1) Fundraising is a critical skill for anyone working in and around nonprofits and NGOs. In this course students gain a basic understanding of fundraising with a particular emphasis on grant writing. The course explores all aspects of grant writing (except government grant writing) and has a key experiential component where students run their own foundations. Real world examples of grants and grant requirements are explored within the larger context of fundraising programs overall. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 001.
SIS-730-202
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Analytic Writing
Special Tuition Rate. Analytic Writing (1) This course introduces students to analytic writing as it is used in intelligence, policy, and nonprofit work. Policy-focused careers in Washington, DC often require familiarity with concise, direct, and terse prose that puts the bottom line up front. Through a series of conversations and exercises, students learn to present their ideas in a writing style recognized by the policy community. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 002.
SIS-730-203
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Leading Intercultural Teams
Special Tuition Rate. Leading Intercultural Teams at Work (1) Knowing how to work well in intercultural teams is a highly prized professional skill. This course explores the special challenges that confront members of intercultural teams and provides tools to enhance students' skills. Students look at how to ensure smooth functioning of teams from their initial formation through differences in communication and motivation, conflict resolution, and sparking creativity. The course also discusses best practices for virtual and intergenerational teams that function across cultures. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 003.
SIS-730-204
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Leading Intercultural Teams
Leading Intercultural Teams at Work (1) Knowing how to work well in intercultural teams is a highly prized professional skill. This course explores the special challenges that confront members of intercultural teams and provides tools to enhance students' skills. Students look at how to ensure smooth functioning of teams from their initial formation through differences in communication and motivation, conflict resolution, and sparking creativity. The course also discusses best practices for virtual and intergenerational teams that function across cultures. Special Tuition Rate. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. . Meets with SIS-730 004.
SIS-730-205
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Program Design M&E Learning
Special Tuition Rate. Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (1) This course introduces methods and skills used in evaluating international development programs with a focus on planning and design. The course introduces students to the evaluation process and various evaluation designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis. This course prepares students for performing work funded by international organizations, bilateral aid agencies, a philanthropic foundation, or other global development donors. Students develop a broad understanding of program evaluation and understand how to apply tools and templates to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities. The primary skills taught during the class include how to develop a theory of change, a results framework, and learning plan, how to differentiate among the many approaches to evaluation, such as performance, impact, developmental, utilization-focused and develop an understanding regarding when and how each should be used, the ability to use ICT tools for surveys, and an understanding of approaches required to communicate results in an accessible manner Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 005.
SIS-730-206
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Understanding the Military
Understanding the Military (1) What could be called "A Field Guide to Silver Eagles and Trained SEALs," this course familiarizes students with the structure, processes, jargon, and culture of the U.S. Defense Department and the different Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines). Students 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 lectures and discussion, with outside video and guest speakers to expand on concepts. In addition to assigned readings and classroom participation, students write and present a short analysis of an outside work that illustrates the ideas covered in the course. Special Tuition Rate. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 006.
SIS-730-207
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Design for Development
Special Tuition Rate. Design for Development (1) Students learn how to apply design-thinking principles to a real-world development problem such as access to healthcare, financial exclusion, and economic inequality. The course includes an introductory workshop and special guest lectures from experts who use design-thinking principles to create user-centered processes, partnerships, approaches, and innovations that address critical development gaps in emerging markets. Students work in teams to research, prototype, and design a solution to a challenge and then pitch their innovation to a panel of judges who provide feedback. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 007.
SIS-730-208
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Exped Civil-Military Interactn
Special Tuition Rate. Expeditionary Civil-Military Interactions (1) Civilians and military from multiple countries, alliances and regional organizations, and NGOs often work alongside each other in peace and stability operations as well as other complex emergencies. Sometimes this interaction is smooth, although it also poses challenges in terms of organizational cultural, goals, work styles, mandates, constraints, and language. The academic field of civil-military relations offers little to help practitioners navigate their differences in field environments. The possibilities and problems go in both directions, as both civilians and military benefit from a better understanding of how to coordinate, negotiate, and work with each other in expeditionary environments. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 008.
SIS-730-001
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Real World Strategic Planning
Real World Strategic Planning (1) 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. Meets with SIS-730 201.
SIS-730-002
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Policy Briefing
Policy Briefing (1) 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. Meets with SIS-730 202.
SIS-730-003
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Analytics for Fin Inclusn
Data Analytics for Financial Inclusion (1) This course focuses on the development of skills to analyze data and support decision making in financial inclusion programs using statistical software. Students are exposed to basic statistical concepts and applications through hands-on exercises on real data from a country representative survey that targets users and non-users of digital financial services in Kenya. Additionally, students are exposed to socio-economic and poverty indicators that are widely used by global NGOs, microfinance institutions, social businesses and the multilateral development banks (MDBs). Meets with SIS-730 203.
SIS-730-004
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Accounting for Develop Pract
Accounting Comes Alive for Development Practitioners (1) This course looks at the principles of accounting, finance, and business and their application to the development environment. Using the graphical Color Accounting learning system, the course establishes a logical and linguistic foundation for accounting. With a solid reporting framework in place, case studies of real business situations are examined. Students learn to use balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements to analyze the performance of reporting entities. The challenges of financial management and control are explored, along with practices for auditing and mitigating those challenges. The key issues of generally-accepted accounting practice are covered, along with abuses thereof so that the students can test the veracity of information they receive. Meets with SIS-730 204.
SIS-730-005
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Appld Strat Comm in Int'l Work
Applied Strategic Communications in International Work (1) Whether seeking funding through a grant application, convincing a government agency about the need for an intervention or program, or advocating about a social issue to the public, professionals depend on their ability to use language persuasively to effectively convey "why this matters." In this course, students focus on developing a statement of purpose for an organization, issue, program, or cause of their choosing. They are introduced to the analysis of features of language including framing, positioning, and reference, exploring how these work in constructing narratives. Students bring in examples, and work with a framework to create their own language which can be used in verbal or written introductions or "About Us" sections of organizational websites and have the opportunity to deliver these orally, and following a rubric, give and receive feedback about their effectiveness. Meets with SIS-730 205.
SIS-730-006
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Writing Op-Eds
Writing Op-Eds (1) 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. Meets with SIS-730 206.
SIS-730-007
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Program Dsgn, M&E, Learning
Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (1) This course introduces methods and skills used in evaluating international development programs with a focus on planning and design. The course introduces students to the evaluation process and various evaluation designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis. The course has a practical focus as it prepares students for performing work funded by international organizations, bilateral aid agencies, philanthropic foundations, or other global development donors. Students develop a broad understanding of program evaluation and how to apply tools and templates to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities. The primary skills include how to develop a theory of change, a results framework, and learning plan; how to differentiate among the many approaches to evaluation, such as performance, impact, developmental, utilization-focused, etc., and develop an understanding regarding when and how each should be used; the ability to use information and communications technology (ICT) tools for surveys; and an understanding of approaches required to communicate results in an accessible manner. Meets with SIS-730 207.
SIS-730-008
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Analytic Writing
Analytic Writing (1) This course introduces students to analytic writing as it is used in intelligence, policy, and nonprofit work. Policy-focused careers in Washington, DC often require familiarity with concise, direct, and terse prose that puts the bottom line up front. Through a series of conversations and exercises, students learn to present their ideas in a writing style recognized by the policy community. Meets with SIS-730 208.
SIS-730-009
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Adaptive Management Learning
Adaptive Management Learning (1) This course focuses on improving the way international development and other social impact projects are delivered, focusing on results and inclusion. Students explore the trends that are shaping international development, program design, and implementation. In the course, students gain knowledge about concepts of adaptive management, continuous learning, and feedback loops; develop an understanding of when, why, and how the concepts above should be incorporated into new or existing projects; and become proficient at applying a variety of tools and processes to support this work. Meets with SIS-730 209.
SIS-730-010
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Strategic Analytic Techniques
Strategic Analytic Techniques (1) 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. Meets with SIS-730 210.
SIS-730-012
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Building Resilience
Building Resilience (1) This course provides students with practical strategies for developing resilience when working in high-threat environments, such as humanitarian, aid, or diplomatic work. Students look at the neurobiological effect of stress on human physiology; explore how to enhance their stress and self-management skills; and learn new practical methods to improve their ability to mitigate stress. Students can put these skills to use during their continued education to improve performance and interactions, establish their own sustainability habits, create a resilient base for their careers, and bring an intrapreneurial mindset to the organizations they join. Meets with SIS-730 212.
SIS-730-013
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Contemporary Public Diplomacy
Contemporary Public Diplomacy: Changes and Challenges (1) Contemporary U.S. public diplomacy is done in an ever-increasing variety of ways, including interaction between students, entertainers, educators and activists. Public diplomacy professionals today need to be digitally literate as well as sensitive to how social media are used differently from country to country. They must be prepared to stay on top of emerging trends and meet the shifting priorities of national security. This course combines recent readings on public diplomacy topics, discussion of a variety of U.S. public diplomacy programs in the public and private sectors, and practical exercises to help students manage the changing landscape of contemporary public diplomacy. Students learn about the latest issues and how they affect the field, delve into the main challenges faced in carrying out public diplomacy programs, and build a toolkit for managing today's challenges. Meets with SIS-730 213.
SIS-730-015
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Green Recov & Recon Training
Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training (1) 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. Meets with SIS-730 215.
SIS-730-016
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Visualization
Data Visualization: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques (1) In a world that increasingly turns to data for decision-making and problem-solving, those who can harness the power of the human visual-cognitive system hold a great advantage over those who rely on language alone to communicate important ideas. This course demonstrates how data visualization can be used to unlock insights from dense data sets and maximize the clarity and impact of data-driven arguments. Students learn to use basic tools and techniques to create their own visual narratives, adding a powerful tool to their communication skills toolbox. Meets with SIS-730 216.
SIS-730-017
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Interviews and Focus Groups
Interviews and Focus Groups (1) This course covers interviews and focus groups from design and conduct to analysis and application of findings. The course introduces students to qualitative inquiry and prepares them in the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent research using key informant interviews, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. The foundations of qualitative research are covered in relation to a pragmatic approach to integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and apply findings to real-world problems and other phenomena. Meets with SIS-730 217.
SIS-730-018
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Driving Change Within an Org
Driving Change from Within an Organization (1) 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 set-backs. This highly participative took-kit oriented course is based on research done by the League of Intrapreneurs. Meets with SIS-730 218.
SIS-730-101
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Archival, Primary & Invest Res
Instructional Method: Online. Archival, Primary Source, and Investigative Research (1) Many of the typical job titles in the professional and policy world such as consultant or analyst hinge on the ability to effectively research and analyze primary source information. This course teaches students the tools they need to be an expert researcher, able to find original information using government and archival documents that are often difficult to access. They learn effective research techniques from the basics of where to find evidence for the topic being investigated and how to access and use a government or private archive; to more advanced topics such as how to get access to classified information, how to conduct a successful interview of a person of interest, and how to conduct research overseas. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-102
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Visualization
Instructional Method: Online. Data Visualization: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques (1) In a world that increasingly turns to data for decision-making and problem-solving, those who can harness the power of the human visual-cognitive system hold a great advantage over those who rely on language alone to communicate important ideas. This course demonstrates how data visualization can be used to unlock insights from dense data sets and maximize the clarity and impact of data-driven arguments. Students learn to use basic tools and techniques to create their own visual narratives, adding a powerful tool to their communication skills toolbox. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-103
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Researching Terrorism
Instructional Method: Online. Researching Terrorism (1) This course focuses on the main opportunities and challenges in researching terrorism. After an analysis of the practice of terrorism research and some of the key pitfalls associated with it, students learn how to access information about terrorism, build and use databases of terrorist attacks, evaluate counterterrorism policies, and write about terrorism and counterterrorism. These skills are essential for relevant careers in think tanks, academia, government, the media, NGOs and IGOs. Restriction: International Relations (MA) or International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online.
SIS-730-201
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Real World Strategic Planning
Special Tuition Rate. Real World Strategic Planning (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 001.
SIS-730-202
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Policy Briefing
Special Tuition Rate. Policy Briefing (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 002.
SIS-730-203
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Analytics for Fin Inclusn
Special Tuition Rate. Data Analytics for Financial Inclusion (1) This course focuses on the development of skills to analyze data and support decision making in financial inclusion programs using statistical software. Students are exposed to basic statistical concepts and applications through hands-on exercises on real data from a country representative survey that targets users and non-users of digital financial services in Kenya. Additionally, students are exposed to socio-economic and poverty indicators that are widely used by global NGOs, microfinance institutions, social businesses and the multilateral development banks (MDBs). Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 003.
SIS-730-204
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Accounting for Develop Pract
Special Tuition Rate. Accounting Comes Alive for Development Practitioners (1) This course looks at the principles of accounting, finance, and business and their application to the development environment. Using the graphical Color Accounting learning system, the course establishes a logical and linguistic foundation for accounting. With a solid reporting framework in place, case studies of real business situations are examined. Students learn to use balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements to analyze the performance of reporting entities. The challenges of financial management and control are explored, along with practices for auditing and mitigating those challenges. The key issues of generally-accepted accounting practice are covered, along with abuses thereof so that the students can test the veracity of information they receive. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 004.
SIS-730-205
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Appld Strat Comm in Int'l Work
Special Tuition Rate. Applied Strategic Communications in International Work (1) Whether seeking funding through a grant application, convincing a government agency about the need for an intervention or program, or advocating about a social issue to the public, professionals depend on their ability to use language persuasively to effectively convey "why this matters." In this course, students focus on developing a statement of purpose for an organization, issue, program, or cause of their choosing. They are introduced to the analysis of features of language including framing, positioning, and reference, exploring how these work in constructing narratives. Students bring in examples, and work with a framework to create their own language which can be used in verbal or written introductions or "About Us" sections of organizational websites and have the opportunity to deliver these orally, and following a rubric, give and receive feedback about their effectiveness. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 005.
SIS-730-206
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Writing Op-Eds
Special Tuition Rate. Writing Op-Eds (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 006.
SIS-730-207
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Program Dsgn, M&E, Learning
Special Tuition Rate. Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (1) This course introduces methods and skills used in evaluating international development programs with a focus on planning and design. The course introduces students to the evaluation process and various evaluation designs, as well as methods for data collection and analysis. The course has a practical focus as it prepares students for performing work funded by international organizations, bilateral aid agencies, philanthropic foundations, or other global development donors. Students develop a broad understanding of program evaluation and how to apply tools and templates to monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities. The primary skills include how to develop a theory of change, a results framework, and learning plan; how to differentiate among the many approaches to evaluation, such as performance, impact, developmental, utilization-focused, etc., and develop an understanding regarding when and how each should be used; the ability to use information and communications technology (ICT) tools for surveys; and an understanding of approaches required to communicate results in an accessible manner. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 007.
SIS-730-208
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Analytic Writing
Special Tuition Rate. Analytic Writing (1) This course introduces students to analytic writing as it is used in intelligence, policy, and nonprofit work. Policy-focused careers in Washington, DC often require familiarity with concise, direct, and terse prose that puts the bottom line up front. Through a series of conversations and exercises, students learn to present their ideas in a writing style recognized by the policy community. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 008.
SIS-730-209
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Adaptive Management Learning
Special Tuition Rate. Adaptive Management Learning (1) This course focuses on improving the way international development and other social impact projects are delivered, focusing on results and inclusion. Students explore the trends that are shaping international development, program design, and implementation. In the course, students gain knowledge about concepts of adaptive management, continuous learning, and feedback loops; develop an understanding of when, why, and how the concepts above should be incorporated into new or existing projects; and become proficient at applying a variety of tools and processes to support this work. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 009.
SIS-730-210
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Strategic Analytic Techniques
Special Tuition Rate. Strategic Analytic Techniques (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 010.
SIS-730-212
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Building Resilience
Special Tuition Rate. Building Resilience (1) This course provides students with practical strategies for developing resilience when working in high-threat environments, such as humanitarian, aid, or diplomatic work. Students look at the neurobiological effect of stress on human physiology; explore how to enhance their stress and self-management skills; and learn new practical methods to improve their ability to mitigate stress. Students can put these skills to use during their continued education to improve performance and interactions, establish their own sustainability habits, create a resilient base for their careers, and bring an intrapreneurial mindset to the organizations they join. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 012.
SIS-730-213
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Contemporary Public Diplomacy
Special Tuition Rate. Contemporary Public Diplomacy: Changes and Challenges (1) Contemporary U.S. public diplomacy is done in an ever-increasing variety of ways, including interaction between students, entertainers, educators and activists. Public diplomacy professionals today need to be digitally literate as well as sensitive to how social media are used differently from country to country. They must be prepared to stay on top of emerging trends and meet the shifting priorities of national security. This course combines recent readings on public diplomacy topics, discussion of a variety of U.S. public diplomacy programs in the public and private sectors, and practical exercises to help students manage the changing landscape of contemporary public diplomacy. Students learn about the latest issues and how they affect the field, delve into the main challenges faced in carrying out public diplomacy programs and build a toolkit for managing today's challenges. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 013.
SIS-730-215
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Green Recov & Recon Training
Special Tuition Rate. Green Recovery and Reconstruction Training (1) 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. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 015.
SIS-730-216
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Visualization
Special Tuition Rate. Data Visualization: Concepts, Tools, and Techniques (1) In a world that increasingly turns to data for decision-making and problem-solving, those who can harness the power of the human visual-cognitive system hold a great advantage over those who rely on language alone to communicate important ideas. This course demonstrates how data visualization can be used to unlock insights from dense data sets and maximize the clarity and impact of data-driven arguments. Students learn to use basic tools and techniques to create their own visual narratives, adding a powerful tool to their communication skills toolbox. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 016.
SIS-730-217
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Interviews and Focus Groups
Special Tuition Rate. Interviews and Focus Groups (1) This course covers interviews and focus groups from design and conduct to analysis and application of findings. The course introduces students to qualitative inquiry and prepares them in the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent research using key informant interviews, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. The foundations of qualitative research are covered in relation to a pragmatic approach to integrating qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and apply findings to real-world problems and other phenomena. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 017.
SIS-730-218
Term: Spring 2019 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Driving Change Within an Org
Special Tuition Rate. Driving Change from Within an Organization (1) 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 set-backs. This highly participative took-kit oriented course is based on research done by the League of Intrapreneurs. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-730 218.