Featured Courses Spring 2019

Featured Courses Spring 2019

Explore different courses and continents to globalize your education.


Each semester the Keough School offers hundreds of courses for global thinkers like you. These courses span disciplines, cultures, languages, and countries–giving you the knowledge you need to address the global issues you care about. Whether you are considering a major or minor or are simply curious about global affairs, we invite you to explore the diverse courses offered by the Keough School.

Spring 2019

Here is just a sampling of courses offered during the spring 2019 semester. This is not an exhaustive list of courses offered by the Keough School and its global institutes. A full list of courses and descriptions can be viewed online in NOVO or Browse Classes under the advanced college search “Keough School.” Course offerings change every semester. You do not need to be enrolled in a Keough School program to register for these courses.


Introduction to Global Affairs and Integral Human Development

KSGA 10001

Dean Scott Appleby

TTH 9:30-10:45 a.m.

3 credits

What field(s) of study and expertise are typically clustered under the term “global affairs”? This course provides a broad overview of global affairs and explores Notre Dame’s particular approach to global issues, namely “integral human development” (IHD). IHD is a conceptual and normative framework for understanding, practicing, and evaluating efforts to reduce poverty, build peace, protect human rights, and address crises caused by food shortages, natural disasters, environmental degradation, and exploitative government or corporate practices and policies.

Credit hours contribute to the
Global Affairs Supplementary MajorKeough School of Global Affairs

Global Policy Seminar

KSGA 30011

Frank Taylor

F 2:00-3:15 p.m.

1 credit

This one-credit-hour seminar exposes students to the range of topics and geographies essential to a broad understanding 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 United States 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.

Seminar guests change every semester. To view previous guests, visit the policy seminar bios page.

Intro to Peace Studies

IIPS 20101

Erin Corcoran

MW 11 :00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Jason Springs

TR 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

3 credits

Although the Cold War ended in 1989, civil war, genocide, and state repression continue to occur across the globe. Nevertheless, we have also witnessed the emergence of sophisticated networks and movements to address these challenges and to promote peace and justice in the aftermath of violence. This course is designed to introduce students to the various ways scholars and activists define peace and the challenges faced in securing peace. The course surveys: (1) the major causes of direct and structural violence; (2) various definitions of “peace” and the conditions under which it occurs and is sustained; and (3) the comparative success of various strategies such as building peace movements and promoting nonviolent social change.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major Peace Studies concentration; or
Supplementary Major or Interdisciplinary Minor in Peace StudiesKroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Social Entrepreneurship

IDS 30552

Melissa Paulsen

MW 2:00-3:15 p.m.

3 credits

This course explores concepts such as microfinance, MSME (Micro-Small-Medium Enterprise) development, bottom of the pyramid, fair trade, and impact investing–with a focus on their opportunity for social impact, and as a vehicle for wealth creation in vulnerable and disenfranchised communities across the globe. Further, the course covers examples of various social enterprise models (for-profit, non-profit, hybrid), requiring students to analyze and devise strategies to improve the efficacy of these ventures.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major International development studies concentration; or

Minor in International Development StudiesKellogg Institute for International Studies

Intro to International Development Studies

IDS 20500

Paul Perrin

TR 3:30-4:45 p.m.

3 credits

This course serves as an introduction to the field of international development. Students will examine debates on the meaning and measurement of development; alternative approaches to, and methods in, the study of development; and attempts to address some of the main development challenges facing the world today. There will be a central focus on understanding “what works” in development. Working together in teams, students will conceptualize and design an international development project using “real world” constraints.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major International development studies concentration; or
Minor in International Development StudiesKellogg Institute for International Studies 

Beginning Irish 1

IRST 10101

Mary O’Callaghan

MWF 8:20-9:10 a.m.

MWF 9:25-10:15 a.m.

MWF 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

4 credits

This course provides an enjoyable introduction to modern Irish. No prior knowledge of the Irish language is required. Students will learn a new language, explore Irish/Celtic culture, and investigate the linguistic politics of the only minority language offered at Notre Dame. Extensive use is made of role-play and interactive teaching methods. In addition to satisfying the language requirement of the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science, Irish satisfies the popular Irish Language and Literature and Irish Studies minors’ requirements, and selected students will have an opportunity to study in Dublin, Ireland.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major Irish studies concentration; or
Minor in Irish StudiesKeough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies

Love and Romance in Modern Asia: University Seminar

Course Listing: KSGA 13181

Course Instructor: Julia Kowalski

F 2:00-3:15 p.m.

3 credits

This class will use the topics of love and romance to introduce you to key issues in Asian Studies from a social science perspective. We will ask if “love” and “romance” are truly universal categories; explore how ideas about who and how to love inform geopolitical discussions of cultural differences between Asia and the West; ask what an Asia-centric perspective has to teach us about the diverse roles of romance; and examine how people love in China, India, Japan, and beyond.

This course is open only to first-year students. It fulfills the requirement for the University Seminar.
















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Behind the Iron Curtain

Course Listing: RU 33500

Course Instructor: Emily Wang

MW 2:00-3:15 p.m.

3 credits

Was the Soviet Union a “worker’s paradise” or an “evil empire”? Nearly three decades after this country transformed into what we now call “post-Soviet space,” the legacy of the USSR looms large in international politics and culture. This course will offer students an introduction to Soviet history through film and literature. In this class we will explore how the tense relationship between art and the state developed in the first half of the twentieth century. Each artistic work will be accompanied by historical readings about the period, as well as artistic manifestos and contemporary reviews. All films will be shown with subtitles and all readings offered in English.

Credit hours contribute to the

Global Affairs Supplementary Major European studies concentration; or
Minor in European StudiesNanovic Institute for European Studies

Information to register for classes:


Current students can view a full list of Keough School courses and descriptions online in NOVO or Browse Classes. Click on Advanced Search, then perform a College search for “Keough School.” Courses with the subject code “KSGA” contribute to the Keough School’s Supplemental Major in Global Affairs. Courses offered by the Keough School institutes, including courses that contribute to the global affairs concentrations, are identified by their respective subject codes (Liu/Asian studies: ASIA, Kellogg/International development studies: IDS, Keough-Naughton/Irish studies: IRST, Kroc/Peace studies: IIPS, and Nanovic/European studies: MESE).

Global Affairs Major


Core courses that count towards the supplemental major in global affairs can be found by searching within Coursicle or NOVO using the subject code “KSGA.” Courses that fulfill the supplemental major’s global cultures requirement can be found under the subject code KSGA with the course attribute “GLBC.”


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