Curriculum & Courses

 

Fall 

 

CORE COURSES

Integral Human DevelopmentScott Appleby

Economics of Growth & DevelopmentLakshmi Iyer

Innovative Approaches (i-Lab)Steve Reifenberg & Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Policy Seminar — Sara Sievers & invited guests


International Peace Studies

Foundations of Peace Studies — Ann Mische

Elective/Skills Course


Sustainable Development

Foundations of Sustainable Development — Pedro Vicente & Ray Offenheiser

Quantitative Methods for Global Affairs (or Elective)


Global Affairs + Specialization

Foundations of Global Affairs — Gary Goertz & Sara Sievers

Quantitative Methods for Global Affairs (or Elective)

 

Spring

 

CORE COURSES

Global Actors & Institutions — Tamara Kay and Susan Ostermann

Research Design — Gary Goertz & Jaimie Bleck

Preparing for the Field (i-Lab)Steve Reifenberg & Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Policy Seminar — Sara Sievers & invited guests


International Peace Studies

Strategic Peacebuilding & Reflective Practice — Susan St. Ville

Elective/Skills Course


Sustainable Development

Policy Evaluation

Applied Microeconomics (or Elective) — Margaret Triyana


Global Affairs + Specialization

International Political Economy — Susanne Wengle

Applied Microeconomics (or Elective) — Margaret Triyana


Course Descriptions

 

MGA 60001

Foundational Seminar I: Integral Human Development

(3 credits)

Scott Appleby

This team-taught, multidisciplinary course explores Integral Human Development as a conceptual framework for understanding, practicing, and evaluating development, peacebuilding, human rights, governance and institutional reform, sustainability, global health, and related professions. It will begin by examining the provenance, meanings, and resonances of the term in multiple religious as well as secular traditions. We will test the concept’s relevance through case studies chosen to illuminate the relationship between “animating worldviews” and aspirational or mission statements, on the one hand, and the concrete outcomes of development-related projects, on the other.


MGA 60003

Economics of Growth & Development

(3 credits)

Lakshmi Iyer

This course will provide an introduction to modern macroeconomic concepts. It will train students to interpret economic statistics and to understand how fiscal, monetary, trade, and exchange rate policies affect the economy. We will discuss how countries can achieve long-run economic growth and how countries can harness the benefits of globalization while managing the risks. The course will be primarily taught using case studies, will require students to actively participate in class discussions, and will emphasize the role of quantitative analysis and contextual factors in understanding economic policy.


MGA 60006

Integration Lab I: Innovative Approaches for Complex Global Challenges

(2 credits)

Steve Reifenberg & Tracy Kijewski-Correa

This course introduces innovative approaches such as design thinking, systems thinking, negotiation, and implementation science; leverages the intersections of the three concentrations in the Master of Global Affairs; and examines global challenges through the foundational lens of Integral Human Development. The course’s reflective approach and emphasis on self-discovery launches students’ personal and professional journey as they build their unique Keough experience.


MGA 60010

Keough School Policy Seminar

(1 credit)

Sara Sievers

The Keough School Policy Seminar meets throughout the academic year. It brings invited guests from around the world to expose students to the range of topics and geographies essential to a broad understanding of the world of global policy. Invited guests will include policymakers and business leaders from several different countries; representatives of international organizations; officials from different branches and departments of the U.S. government and military; advocates from non-governmental organizations; activists from local NGOs and social movements; as well as journalists and academics from across the world. Students are expected to attend the presentations of these speakers and act as student hosts for at least one speaker during the year.


MGA 60101

Foundations of Peace Studies

(3 credits)

Ann Mische

This course is designed to provide a cross-disciplinary examination of violence and peace issues so that students will have a firm grounding in the more serious concepts, methods, frameworks, and findings that peace research scholars, policymakers, and activists employ in dealing with war and violence. The course also provides opportunities to read and write about various issues that are distinctive in their own right, but which also have particular relevance to the task of strategic peacebuilding. Operationally, the first half of the course will examine the various schools of thought, controversies, and key concepts, theories and methods that have guided the development of the interdisciplinary field of peace studies. The second half of the course examines critical issues that are significantly tied both to peace research and to peacebuilding practice.


MGA 60201

Foundations of Sustainable Development

(3 credits)

Pedro Vicente & Ray Offenheiser

This course provides a cross-disciplinary examination of issues central to sustainable development, providing students with a firm grounding in the concepts, methods, frameworks, and findings of the field. The class will critically engage with the work of development scholars and practitioners on the measurement and determinants of sustainable development. We will examine efforts by policymakers, international organizations, and practitioners to promote human wellbeing in an inclusive and sustainable manner, with an emphasis on critical issues connected to research and practice. The course also provides opportunities to read and write about issues and areas that are distinctive in their own right, but which have particular relevance to sustainable development.


MGA 60202

Quantitative Methods for Global Affairs

(3 credits)

This course will address core concepts of statistics, including probability theory, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear and non-linear regression analysis, and linear and non-linear optimization. The course emphasizes hands-on data analysis, effective data visualization, and interpretation for global policy analysis.


MGA 60301

Foundations of Global Affairs

(3 credits)

Gary Goertz & Sara Sievers

This course provides a cross-disciplinary examination of issues central to global affairs, with a particular grounding in theories of international relations. It will provide students with a firm foundation in the concepts, methods, frameworks, and findings of the field, as well as practical examples of real-world policy and practice. The course will examine the various schools of thought, controversies, and key concepts, theories, and methods that have shaped the modern global system; it also will examine the critical role that evidence-based policymaking plays in the field of global affairs, across and within countries.


Electives

MGA students may enroll in Keough School elective offerings or enroll in additional cross-listed courses across the University (subject to approval by academic advisor).