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.

Fall 2022

Here is just a sampling of courses offered during the fall 2022 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.


Jewish Politics and Modernity

IIPS 40303 01

Atalia Omer

MW 2:00–3:15 p.m.

3 credits

This course will examine Jewish modernity, the relationship between antisemitism and anti-Muslim racism, and shifts from Jewish powerlessness to Jewish power as manifested in cases such as Jewish anti-apartheid activism in South Africa, solidarity with the Civil Rights Movement in the US, and the current Israeli regime. It will examine narratives of Jewish displacement and belonging and centralize the experiences of marginalized communities.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Major — Keough School of Global Affairs

Peace Studies Supplementary Major — Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Peace Studies Minor — Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/Creative Commons

Asian Spiritualities and Global Affairs

ASIA 30800 01 02

Alex Hsu

TR 9:30–10:45 a.m.

3 credits

Asia boasts the majority of the world’s religions and religious people. This class will look at Asian religious traditions today and how they inform everyday social and political life. Students will read historians, anthropologists, and other scholars of religion to explore Asian spiritual routes and roots, from Iraq to Japan and beyond.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Major, Keough School of Global Affairs

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Asian Studies concentration; or

Asian Studies Supplementary Major or Asian Studies MinorLiu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies

Photo “Preah Palilay, 2009” by Paul Stocker.

Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation

SEI 30555

Melissa Paulsen

TR 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

3 credits

Do you want to learn how to solve problems that matter? Human Centered Design (HCD) is an empathetic tool that utilizes guided questioning related to product, service, or systems innovations to identify opportunities for sustainable, human-centered impact. Whether a social innovator is designing in the private, public or nonprofit sector, HCD provides a valuable framework, deeply rooted in empathy, and is an excellent methodology for social innovators who want to problem solve and design alongside communities. In this course students will be introduced to the HCD toolkit and will apply it in practice, either in a domestic or international context. This fast-paced course will take students through the HCD cycles of inspiration, ideation and implementation, and provide opportunities for student and community collaboration.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor (SEI Minor)Pulte Institute for Global Development and McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business

Consulting and Development

SEI 40999

Michael Morris

T 5:30–6:45 p.m.

TH 6:00–9:00 p.m.

3 credits

Students, in a structured format, are involved in assessing, prioritizing and creatively solving problems encountered by low-income and other disadvantaged South Bend entrepreneurs. A process consulting approach is employed and a number of useful tools and frameworks are introduced. Students work with both for-profit and non-profit enterprises, producing tangible deliverables that help clients launch, grow and sustain their ventures. In addition to class time, students will meet with clients on a weekly basis at a Notre Dame facility located downtown. Assistance with transportation will be available for students needing it.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor (SEI Minor)  — Pulte Institute for Global Development and McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business

The Figure of the Foreigner in Europe

EURO 3300

Alison Rice

TR 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

3 credits

This course takes as its starting point several foundational texts from the French tradition, including Rousseau’s The Social Contract, Montesquieu’s Persian Letters, and Voltaire’s reflections on the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, before jumping into comparative models that examine contemporary works of literary fiction, films, graphic novels, and essays from a variety of European locations. Pressing issues in Europe at present, ranging from climate change to migration, will be addressed in each class period as we seek to discern how fluctuating notions of “self” and “other” are currently influencing the conception of the nation and various forms of nationalism within the larger European framework. We will focus especially on how a focus on the figure of the foreigner is playing a powerful role in how people perceive space, place, and race in evolving European contexts.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Transnational Europe Concentration — Keough School of Global Affairs

Minor in European StudiesNanovic Institute for European Studies

Intro to International Development Studies

IDS 20500

Paul Perrin

MW 2:00-3:15 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 

American Evangelicals and Global Affairs

KSGA 30606

Charles Powell

MW 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

3 credits

This course will examine the rise of American Evangelicalism and explore matters deemed important to Evangelicals: social and political affairs, global engagement, participation in public affairs, international affairs, support of Israel, political and economic development. More generally, this course offers a compelling account of Evangelicals’ influence on America’s role in the world. Students will learn how to engage more thoughtfully and productively with this influential religious group—a group that has been called political kingmakers. Students will also learn about the largest protestant denomination in the world—Southern Baptists—from the professor, who was a former Southern Baptist Minister and church planter.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Major — Keough School of Global Affairs

Photo: Ismael Paramo on Unsplash

Race and International Relations

CHR30717 01

Zoltán Búzás

MW 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

3 credits

While there is a wealth of academic work on race, racism, and anti-racism in the domestic realm, there is less attention to them in the international context. This is unfortunate, because they cannot be domestically confined. United Nations resolutions against racism, debates about whether the International Criminal Court is racially biased, and the global wave of anti-racist protests in 2020 are a few examples. This course examines race in the international context, exploring how it affects, is affected by, and is intertwined with central topics in international relations, including human rights, war and peace, foreign policy, international law and international organizations.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Minor in Civil and Human Rights — Klau Institute  for Civil and Human Rights

Photo: “I Can’t Breathe” by Pascal Ray Photographies.

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Current students can view a full list of Keough School courses and descriptions online in NOVO or PATH Class Search. Click on Browse Classes, then Advanced Search and perform a College search by selecting “Keough School” from the drop-down menu. Courses with the subject code “KSGA” contribute to the Keough School’s Supplementary Major in Global Affairs. Courses offered by the Keough School institutes, including courses that contribute to some of 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, Nanovic/European studies: EURO, and Pulte/McKenna/Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: SEI).

Global Affairs Major

Courses that contribute to the new global affairs major can be found by searching within Coursicle or NOVO or PATH under the subject code “GLAF.” Courses that count towards school level requirements for primary majors or towards the supplementary major in global affairs can be found by using the subject code “KSGA.”

Courses that fulfill the supplementary major’s global cultures and global politics requirements can be found under the subject code KSGA with the course attribute “GLBC” (global cultures) or “GLBP” (global politics).




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