Course Schedule

All of the courses and materials are delivered online. The entire program is distance learning. Courses are eight weeks long.  Students can take 3 course per semester, 2 in the summer. If you have a special circumstance and would like to take more than 3 courses per semester, you must gain approval from either Prof. Kurzer or Dr. Ryckman.

If a student is enrolled over the maximum number of allowed courses without gaining prior permission on the first day of the semester, then they will be administratively dropped from the extra course(s) after 48 hours. An email will be sent to the student informing them that they will be administratively dropped, and will identify from which courses s/he will be dropped.

Courses open one week before the official course start date. All courses are delivered via D2L:

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Current Schedule

Fall 2018 Session 1 - Start: Monday, August 27, 2018 - End: Sunday, October 21, 2018

Description Instructor Credits
PA 561A - Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Security - Fall 2018

Global climate change is widely considered the greatest threat confronting societies and governments today. Over the last decade a consensus has developed among natural and physical scientists over the likely causes of global climate change. Businesses, governments, and citizens have begun to respond by developing a variety of strategies, policies, and institutional arrangements designed to reduce human contributions to climate change and promote adaptation to the environmental impacts that are beginning to emerge.These policy responses are truly diverse in form and scale, from voluntary carbon markets and business certification programs, to command and control type regulations, to international treaties.

Professor Edella Schlager 3
POL 516A - Strategic Nonviolent Conflict - Fall 2018

There are numerous historical cases of strategic nonviolent conflict, also called civil resistance or people power, with dynamic and recent examples from across the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. Yet while the study of violence has long defined the field of international security, scholars have only recently began to examine the causes and effects of nonviolent conflict. This course is designed to overview these movements of nonviolent, antigovernment dissent, including their emergence, movement dynamics, and outcomes.

Professor Kirssa Ryckman 3
POL 542A - European Politics and Society - Fall 2018

This course examines the various challenges the EU faces as it seeks to address the euro crisis and efforts to create a stronger international profile. We first examine the main institutions of the EU. Next, we will look at economic and monetary integration and EU's external relations with the U.S., China, and Latin America.

Professor Paulette Kurzer 3
POL 553A - Media and International Affairs - Fall 2018

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mass media, and the role the mass media plays in American democracy. In this course, we will consider several key questions pertain- ting to the role of the media in democracy, such as: What effects do mass mediated messages have on voters? Do voters passively accept information found in the media, or do voters actively challenge this information?  How do journalists and political elites interact?

Professor Chris Weber 3
POL 555 - American Foreign Policy - Fall 2018

Analysis of the Cold War; Congressional-Executive clashes over foreign policy control; approaches to policy analysis.

Dr. Gary Guertner 3
POL 588A - The Politics of Energy Security - Fall 2018

Energy has long been a major factor in the formation of a country's military and commercial strategies, the exercise of national power, and in determining the shape of the international system. As both concerns about oil supply and pressures to reduce carbon emissions intensify, countries are struggling to put their energy policies in the broader context of their grand strategies.  This course will focus on Russia's energy politics, its impact on Europe and the repercussions for the US.

Dr. Mikhail Beznosov 3

Fall 2018 Session 2 - Start: Monday, October 22, 2018 - End: Sunday, December 16, 2018

Description Instructor Credits
POL 544A - International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa - Fall 2018

This course is intended to be a survey of the literature addressing international politics in sub-Saharan Africa.  Beginning with pre-colonial contexts and working through to present challenges facing African states and the international community more broadly, we will learn about a variety of topics concerning African politics.

Professor Jessica Maves Braithwaite 3
POL 546A - Politics of Islamism - Fall 2018

Political Islamism has been a focus of policy makers in the post- 9/11 era. However, before concrete strategies can be formulated to deal with this concern, the nature and dynamics of Islamist mobilization itself must be understood. To do that, this course will benefit from the knowledge generated through years of study in different parts of the world and in various disciplines in identifying: What is it? What causes it? What motivates an individual to join an Islamist group and possibly use violence? Under what conditions will these groups moderate, and when will they radicalize? Starting with extremist groups in the Middle East, we will examine the historical evolution and current dynamics of Islamist extremist groups in Central Asia, Caucasus, Southeast Asia, Africa and the West respectively.

Dr. Tolga Turker 3
POL 551 - Russian Foreign Policy - Fall 2018

Surveys Russian power capabilities, foreign policy, and engagement of the world system. Attention to the Soviet period, but focus on the post-1991 era. Relations with the U.S., Germany, and China are highlighted, as are relations with former Soviet Union (FSU) countries.

Professor Pat Willerton 3
POL 559A - Comparing US and EU Democracy Promotion Policy in the MENA region - Fall 2018

The course starts with a discussion of the key concepts of democracy promotion and continues by analyzing how these efforts have influenced the construction of democratic institutions and practices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Ironically, both the U.S and EU engage in democracy promotion, without coordinating their respective measures, and their programs occasionally contradict each other.  The goal of the course is to critically reflect on why democracy promotion efforts differ between the EU and the US and what the implications are of the current programs in existence in the region.

Dr. Eva-Maria Maggi 3
POL 578A - Geospatial Intelligence: Foundations and Concepts - Fall 2018

Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) is a specialized field of practice within the broader domain of intelligence. The discipline encompasses all activities involved in the collection, use and dissemination of geographically referenced information (imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial information) using technical capabilities that include remote sensing, GIS, data management, and data visualization. GEOINT processes and capabilities are designed to gain intelligence about the national security or an operational environment, visually depict this knowledge, combine the knowledge with other information sources, and present knowledge in a way that is appropriate to the decision-making environment. GEOINT supports key mission areas related to the national security of the U.S. including informing policymakers; supporting military, intelligence, and homeland security operations, and facilitating intelligence collaboration. While the GEOINT discipline is secretive in operations, this course presents publicly available unclassified information to describe its use, benefits and governance.

Ms. Karen Siderelis 3
POL 580A - Mexican National Security - Fall 2018
Mexico and the United States have always shared a complex relationship. The current one is full of hope for expanding economic opportunity and plagued by fears driven by internal violence. Mexico is the third largest trading partner with the US with nearly 270 billion in trade in 2014; that amounts to a million dollars crossing the border every minute. Conversely, the fight against organized crime has claimed more than 60,000 lives since 2006 and there are nearly 25,000 people reported as disappeared. 2015 also marked a historic change in international engagement, with President Enrique Pena Nieto announcing a new peace keeping mission for the Mexican armed forces. Understanding the unique Mexican security situation and the Mexican perspective of security policy is critical for academics and policymakers that deal with this complex US-Mexican relationship. The course will include lecturers from the Mexican academic community and Mexican security forces.
Mr. Michael Burgoyne 3
POL 695A - Professional Colloquium - Fall 2018

Capstone project, in which students develop a portfolio that overviews their academic work in the context of their professional goals. This should be taken as the final course of the MA degree. 

Professor Kirssa Ryckman 3

Upcoming Schedule

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