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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-639 Selected Topics in International Conflict Resolution Skills (1-3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international conflict resolution field, focusing on conflict resolution and reconciliation, mediation, interviewing, negotiation, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. May be taken pass/fail only.

SIS-639 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Art and Post-War Healing
The humanities are a rich, if an inexplicably muted color in the peacebuilding palette. Revealing a traumatic experience induces feelings of shame as well as a threat to self-survival. This course examines forms of self-expression that can help to restore self-stability and proceeds on the assumption that individual healing is one good path to community recovery and resilience. Students are exposed to various arts-based healing techniques and learn about the current practices in the use of the arts for post-conflict healing, as well as the effects of traumatic events on the body and mind and strategies for practitioner self-care.
SIS-639 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Countering Violent Extremism
The theme of this Skills Institute is the use of policy and practice to counter violence extremism (CVE). The Institute seeks to define CVE and the scope of the challenge, identifying its global manifestations. Moreover, in many locations, violent extremism thrives due to the interdependence among organizations. Understanding these interconnections is important prior to a discussion about local, national, or international policies. Students examine the policy actions of the international community to facilitate countering violence extremism and seek to identify policies that are impacting the challenge in positive and negative ways. Given as this is a global challenge, policies from the United States, Europe, and countries in the Global South are discussed. Successful efforts at CVE are typically local. Students explore frameworks applied to diagnose the problem and review applications of programs in order to consider their successes and failures. These lessons learned and best practices inform an exercise to apply learning to designing countering violent extremism interventions.
SIS-639 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Peacebuilding Technology
In this course, students gain a broad awareness of technologies used in the peacebuilding field, as well as their practical applications. The course explores the concept of technology for peace and a variety of efforts that have helped to support the use of low-cost technologies in peacebuilding efforts. Students become well-versed in a range of tools used from the international to the local level to prevent and respond to the drivers of violent conflict. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using a selection of these technologies and develop a project proposal for an actual organization to implement one of these technologies in their work.
SIS-639 004
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Political Accommodation Methodology
How do people deal with political differences? This question is central to the effective running of any society, and it is especially important when societies experience violent conflicts and political change. Political Accommodation offers a powerful approach for how people can sort out their differences peacefully. Using practical examples from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria, the course describes how Political Accommodation methodology can be used to prevent and resolve violent conflict. Students learn what Political Accommodation means, what the methodology entails, and how to apply it in different contexts to work towards sustainable peace.
SIS-639 005
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Graduate
Section Title: Conducting Effective Dialogue
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the intergroup dialogue process - from conception to application to the challenges of evaluation. It focuses on convening dialogue around culture and identity to foster constructive social and institutional change. Students have an opportunity to clarify what dialogue is (and is not); to learn about designing a dialogue process; and to begin to acquire tools to hold safe and meaningful conversations around potentially divisive issues. Students are provided with a historical and theoretical framework for dialogue, but the emphasis is on skill development and practice, particularly on effective communication and facilitation.