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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-750 Research and Professional Methods in International Affairs (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics cover methods used in the field of international affairs, including policy analysis, program evaluation, qualitative methods, and advanced quantitative methods. Usually offered every term.

SIS-750 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
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 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: International Policy Analysis
This course 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 different policy areas.
SIS-750 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Qualitative Methods and Methodology
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 006OL
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluations: International Relations
This course introduces the six phases of a project cycle and is designed to build and/or strengthen students' knowledge, methods, and skills to design a development, governance, or post-conflict project for a specific population, and then develop a project monitoring and evaluation plan for ensuring project efficiency and measuring project effectiveness. Tools learned and practiced include problem/objectives analysis; theories of change; needs assessments; logical frameworks; indicator protocol sheets; data collection toolkits; means of verification; and monitoring, evaluation, learning and report (MERL) plan. Open only to students in the MA in International Relations or the MIS Online Program. Meets with SIS-750 008OL.
SIS-750 008OL
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluations: International Relations
This course introduces the six phases of a project cycle and is designed to build and/or strengthen students' knowledge, methods, and skills to design a development, governance, or post-conflict project for a specific population, and then develop a project monitoring and evaluation plan for ensuring project efficiency and measuring project effectiveness. Tools learned and practiced include problem/objectives analysis; theories of change; needs assessments; logical frameworks; indicator protocol sheets; data collection toolkits; means of verification; and monitoring, evaluation, learning and report (MERL) plan. Prerequisite: permission of SIS Graduate Advising Office. Meets with SIS-750 006OL
SIS-750 007OL
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Planning, Forecasting, and Decision Making
This course introduces students to a range of planning and forecasting techniques used in the defense and foreign policy communities. Fog and friction define not just war, but policy in general. The future is uncertain and subject to unanticipated changes. To meet these challenges, professionals require techniques to visualize alternative futures and make plans to maximize opportunities and minimize likely risks. Prerequisite: permission of SIS Graduate Advising Office. Meets with SIS-750 005OL.
SIS-750 005OL
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Planning, Forecasting, and Decision Making
This course introduces students to a range of planning and forecasting techniques used in the defense and foreign policy communities. Fog and friction define not just war, but policy in general. The future is uncertain and subject to unanticipated changes. To meet these challenges, professionals require techniques to visualize alternative futures and make plans to maximize opportunities and minimize likely risks. Open only to students in the MA in International Relations or the MIS Online Program. Meets with SIS-750 007OL.
SIS-750 004OL
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Big Data and Text Mining in International Affairs Research
This online 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-750 001
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SIS-750 002
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SIS-750 003
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SIS-750 E01
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SIS-750 N07
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SIS-750 N05
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SIS-750 N08
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SIS-750 N06
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SIS-750 N11
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SIS-750 N09
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SIS-750 A01
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SIS-750 D01
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