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Global Digital Media & International Communication

This Skills Institute is intended for students with experience in digital media, web publishing, and/or web design who wish to exploit digital media for application to issues and problems in international relations and international communication. Students will design and exploit digital communication platforms to develop international projects on targeted themes and issues intended for multiple audiences, such as policymakers, experts, and civil society organizations. Students gain professional experience communicating with key international publics worldwide. They will design innovations in web communication on issues relevant to all areas of international relations. Students have the opportunity to build creative, independent demonstration projects for use in research, professional advancement and long-term career goals for application to government, industry, and international organization.


Health Communication for Development

Over the last decade, communication for health has become a recognized professional area across a wide range of public and private health providers, donors, and implementers of health programs worldwide. This Skills Institute will cover:

  • Overview of the theories behind health communication practices
  • Presentation on the main public health issues in the developing world -- maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and nutrition
  • Skills building on communication practices
  • Skills building on research and evaluation methods for health communication
  • Landscape of current players and activities in health communication

Intercultural Training and Facilitation: Skills and Techniques

What does it mean to be a trainer? What are the skills necessary to be effective with diverse populations? How can you train children? Effective intercultural training must first and foremost be effective training. This institute reviews the unique combination of skills necessary for effective and responsible intercultural training.

International Journalism & International Relations

This course is an intensive practicum for individuals with an interest in the fields of international journalism/media, and in programming for international relations, international exchanges, and cross-cultural relations. The International Communication Program in SIS is designated by the U. S. Department of State as one of a select group of programs nationally to participate in the distinguished Edward R. Murrow program. Through this special program, the course will provide AU students the opportunity to engage and interact with eminent foreign journalists from print, broadcasting and the Internet representing many nations, while also developing skills in international program design. Using a hands-on, skills development approach, students will design and implement a training program of professional development seminars, an international symposium, and field visits focused on international journalism and foreign policy for a group of visiting foreign journalists competitively selected from a dozen different countries. Program content will include the role of a free press in society, social and cultural aspects of media institutions, American vs. foreign press practices, new media and digital social networks, and the role of the press in foreign policy and international relations. Each student will develop a demonstration portfolio of projects undertaken in the course for use in career advancement.


International Student Advising

Using case studies, simulations, and videos this interactive seminar focuses on the purposes and philosophy of an international student office. The conceptual foundation, practical knowledge, and skills necessary in carrying out responsibilities of an international student advisor, including the roles and responsibilities of advisors, cross-cultural counseling and advising, intercultural programming, crisis management, administration, and ethical responsibilities.


International Technology Transfer

This course presents an integrated and dynamic view of the issues associated with the management of international technology transfers and explores the growing importance and role of technology transfer in international business and trade within a broad context of cultural, political, legal, and economic environments. Conducted as a skills seminar, class sessions will offer close interaction between students, faculty, and senior executives from a cross-section of global industries.


Leadership and Diversity

This course is designed to increase the understanding and skills needed to recognize when and how cultural dynamics impact relationships in organizational settings and how to respond to these dynamics in an effective manner. A significant emphasis is given to interactive exercises. Students learn to describe the impact of cultural experience upon perception and behavior in organizations, describe the processes through which cultural differences are created and maintained in organizational settings, distinguish the legal and regulatory aspects of diversity from cultural diversity, determine when diversity dynamics are present in issues involving conflicts and misunderstandings, use practical models for recognizing and resolving conflicts based involving diversity dynamics, and finally, create a plan for continued learning.

Managing International Programs

This seminar is intended for students or practitioners in the field of international education exchange who are interested in management principles. Topics discussed include strategic decision making and planning (mission, long term outcome, and smart goals), effective marketing campaigns (developing marketing plan, assessing competitive advantage, evaluating appropriate means to promote programs), budget management, and advocacy. The interactive seminar provides awareness to the challenges of managing programs and practical skills needed to successfully manage programs. Students gain insight and skills by using case studies, reviewing and assessing plans and through discussions with guest lecturers.


Multinational Team-Building

This institute explores effective communication skills and problem-solving techniques to utilize when working with teams whose members are from more than one cultural background. Interpersonal and organizational approaches are examined to help participants create tools for recognizing the strengths and developing cohesion among multicultural teams and individual team members, while acknowledging the contexts in which teams often function.


Personal & Organization Security in a Global Age

Effective personal security strategies for participants who envision a highly-mobile international life and career. The basics of personal security, the dynamics of safety and security across cultures, and coping with business security threats on an office and organizational level. Participants develop a personal security strategy and an awareness of the dynamics of coping with personal and organizational crises in international settings.


Programming for International Education

This course is an intensive practicum for individuals whose work entails, or will entail, the design and implementation of study abroad programs, international student advisement, and campus internationalization efforts. The course takes a hands-on, skill-oriented approach to the administrative realities facing practitioners, and also gives participants opportunities to grapple with the conceptual and ethical issues associated with international programming. Case studies, critical incidents, and small-group activities are heavily utilized, and the instructor focuses upon participants' experiences and learning goals.


Spirituality & Conflict Transformation

This course examines intersections between spirituality and cross-cultural conflict and the processes to facilitate healing in the aftermath of violent and traumatic conflict. Students develop new ways of connecting spiritual ways of knowing with professional pursuits. They also explore the ways their own spirituality informs ideas about the nature of conflict and examine the role of spirituality in current intractable conflicts. The class includes dialogue between religious and secular leaders about the role of spirituality in cross-cultural conflict and conflict transformation as well as the experience of post-conflict volunteers and their reflections on the role of spirituality in their personal and professional journeys.

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