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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-750 Res/Prof Meth in Int'l Affairs Course Level: Graduate

Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3) Topics vary by section. Topics cover methods used in the field of international affairs, including policy analysis, program evaluation, qualitative methods, and advanced quantitative methods. Usually Offered: fall, spring, and summer. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

SIS-750-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary.
SIS-750-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Analysis
Data Analysis (3) This course introduces students to the study and practice of data analysis, focusing especially on generating, managing, and analyzing quantitative data. Topics include data visualization, data cleaning, and the presentation of data and data analysis to professional audiences. Prerequisite: SIS-600.
SIS-750-003
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary.
SIS-750-004
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Political Risk Analysis
Political Risk Analysis (3) Political risk analysis techniques allow practitioners to gauge the political conditions that would be beneficial or harmful to investment and other activities. This methodology course covers approaches to political risk analysis and applications.
SIS-750-101
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Restriction: International Relations (MA) or International Service (MIS): Online. Meets with SIS-750 301.
SIS-750-102
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Restriction: International Relations (MA) or International Service (MIS): Online. Meets with SIS-750 302.
SIS-750-301
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Meets with SIS-750 101.
SIS-750-302
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Meets with SIS-750 102.
SIS-750-001
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary.
SIS-750-002
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Political Risk Analysis
Political Risk Analysis (3) Political risk analysis techniques allow practitioners to gauge the political conditions that would be beneficial or harmful to investment and other activities. This methodology course covers approaches to political risk analysis and applications.
SIS-750-003
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary.
SIS-750-004
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Big Data & Text Mining
Instructional Method: Online. Big Data and Text Mining in International Affairs Research (3) This course helps students understand the tools and techniques used in contemporary analysis of large-scale unstructured textual data with applications for international affairs and a range of social science research topics. While the concept of Big Data is relative, and how it is defined varies from field to field, text-based data is perhaps the largest single source of data available to the modern investigator. This includes numerous genres of textual data, from email archives, websites, twitter feeds and other social media, blog posts, speeches, annual reports, published articles, and much more. In the aggregate, these sources can easily run into thousands and thousands of discrete items. This form of Big Data is particularly challenging to the analyst using only traditional forms of content analysis. In this course, students learn techniques to help them begin to see the power of computational approaches to the large-scale analysis of unstructured text-based data. Essentially, this course helps to find the proverbial needle in the international affairs data haystack.
SIS-750-005
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Analysis
Data Analysis (3) This course introduces students to the study and practice of data analysis, focusing especially on generating, managing, and analyzing quantitative data. Topics include data visualization, data cleaning, and the presentation of data and data analysis to professional audiences. Prerequisite: SIS-600.
SIS-750-101
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-750 301.
SIS-750-102
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-750 302.
SIS-750-203
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Special Tuition Rate. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online or International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-750 003.
SIS-750-205
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Data Analysis
Special Tuition Rate. Data Analysis (3) This course introduces students to the study and practice of data analysis, focusing especially on generating, managing, and analyzing quantitative data. Topics include data visualization, data cleaning, and the presentation of data and data analysis to professional audiences. Prerequisite: SIS-600. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-750 005.
SIS-750-301
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Special Tuition Rate. Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Meets with SIS-750 101.
SIS-750-302
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Special Tuition Rate. Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Meets with SIS-750 102.
SIS-750-001
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Qual Methods & Methodology
Instructional Method: Online. Qualitative Methods and Methodology (3) This course examines three leading qualitative approaches to the production of knowledge about world politics: comparative case studies, participant observation, and the analysis of social networks. It considers theoretical and application issues, as well as reading and discussing exemplary work in each of these different approaches. The course provides students with a "toolkit" for the analysis of questions and issues not amenable to quantification.
SIS-750-002
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: International Policy Analysis
International Policy Analysis (3) This seminar provides an introduction to the theory and practice of public policy analysis in international affairs, focusing on the methods used to analyze and evaluate policy, the various issues associated with policy formation, and the application of these methods to current national security challenges. Students simulate National Security Council meetings to apply these methods and explore policy options for addressing the most significant geostrategic challenges to the global order likely to face policymakers over the coming years, including those stemming from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.
SIS-750-101
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-750 301.
SIS-750-102
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Restriction: International Relations (MA): Online, International Service (MIS): Online, or Social Enterprise (MA): Online. Meets with SIS-750 302.
SIS-750-301
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Meets with SIS-750 101.
SIS-750-302
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Proj Design, Monitoring & Eval
Instructional Method: Online. Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (3) This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Meets with SIS-750 102.