Featured Courses

Featured Courses

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 2020

Here is just a sampling of courses offered during the spring 2020 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

Clemens Sedmak

TR 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 and Sara Sievers

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 International Development Studies

IDS 20500

Susan Ostermann

TR 9:30-10:45 a.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

IRST 10101

Mary O’Callaghan

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

MWF 10:30-11:20 a.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

Intro to Peace Studies

IIPS 20101

Angela Lederach and Diana Isabel Güiza-Goméz

MW 11:00-12:15 p.m.

Ashley Bohrer and Kristina Hook

TR 11:00-12:15 p.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

East Asian Cities in the Global Economy: From Growth to Governance

ASIA 30006

Kyle Jaros

TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

3 credits

The rise of East Asia has been driven by its metropolises—from Tokyo and Seoul to Hong Kong and Shanghai. However, after years of booming growth, these cities and their policymakers are facing increasingly serious governance challenges, from overcrowding to inequality, environmental strain, and political discontent. 

In this seminar-style course, we examine the evolving economic trajectories, political circumstances, and global influence of eight key cities, looking at the distinctive urban challenges the East Asian region has faced and the distinctive solutions it has innovated.

Credit hours contribute to the: Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Asian Studies concentration; or Asian Studies Supplementary MajorLiu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies; or Asian Studies MinorLiu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Europe Responds to the Migration Crisis: The Case of Germany

EURO 33205

William Collins Donahue

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

1.5 credits

This course will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to explore various aspects of Germany’s current policies toward refugees and immigrants.  In Berlin, the group will meet with federal, state and local governmental officials, civil society groups, and representatives of international organizations.  The issues to be explored include Germany’s policies toward asylum-seekers, the relationship between these policies and the European Union, policies to integrate refugees and migrants into German society, and the political impact of these policies.

The on-site Berlin seminar is designed to assess the efficacy of current policies, and identify best policy practices going forward. Includes two pre-departure sessions (one planning session, one webinar), and 5-7 follow-up sessions during the first half of the spring 2020 semester, culminating in a poster exhibit to disseminate our findings.

Credit hours contribute to the:
Global Affairs Supplementary Major Transnational Europe concentration; or

Minor in European StudiesNanovic Institute for European Studies

Holy Cross-roads: Religion and Politics from South Bend to South Asia

KSGA 30601/IIPS 30608

Jason Klocek

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

3 Credits

This course invites students  to discuss the two things they are often warned never to mention in polite company: religion and politics. What is their relationship? How do religious beliefs, practices, and institutions shape global affairs? What role do religious actors play in democratization, civil resistance, armed conflict, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction? And has this influence changed over time?  

The course is more than just a survey of religion and global politics. It will focus on religious activities, including those by the Congregation of Holy Cross, in three distinct contexts: the United States, Bangladesh, and Oman. In addition, students will enter into conversation with their peers at Notre Dame University Bangladesh through video conferencing, an online forum, and a Spring Break trip to Oman. Ultimately, students will acquire a sophisticated perspective on how religion continues to shape global politics. 

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary MajorKeough School of Global Affairs; or

Supplementary Major or Interdisciplinary Minor in Peace StudiesKroc Institute for International Peace 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, Klau/Civil and human rights: CHR, and Nanovic/European studies: EURO).

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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