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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. Grading: Pass/Fail only.

SIS-730 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: 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-730 006
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: 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
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: 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-730 004
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: 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 008OL
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: 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. Open only to students in the MA in International Relations or the MIS Online Program.
SIS-730 009OL
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Structured Analytic Techniques
This course introduces students to multiple qualitative structured analytic tools and techniques they can use to structure 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. Open only to students in the MA in International Relations or the MIS Online Program.
SIS-730 002
Term: FALL 2016
Course Level: Graduate
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SIS-730 003
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SIS-730 004
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SIS-730 005
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SIS-730 010
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: 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-730 011
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is a potentially groundbreaking way of financing and promoting ideas. Moreover, new forms, platforms and laws are being developed all the time. This course covers the following topics: an overview of the crowdfunding world; a comparison of the different types of crowdfunding and the types of projects that each supports; a comparison of the main US platforms; as well as some of the niche ones (DC's equity eats, etc); the practical steps to a successful fundraising campaign; the tools to be a wise investor; and an analysis of what to do after a campaign either in the event of failure/success.
SIS-730 N04
Term: SUMMER 2016
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SIS-730 N03
Term: SUMMER 2016
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SIS-730 N07
Term: SUMMER 2016
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SIS-730 N08
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SIS-730 N09
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SIS-730 N05
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SIS-730 012
Term: SPRING 2016
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SIS-730 N10
Term: SUMMER 2016
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SIS-730 N02
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SIS-730 N01
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SIS-730 N11
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