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 2021

Here is just a sampling of courses offered during the fall 2021 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.


Building an Anti-Racist Vocabulary

CHR 30711

Dory Mitros Durham

F 12:30–1:30 p.m.

1 credit

Structured as a weekly guest-lecture series featuring authors, public intellectuals, faith leaders, external and internal members of the academy, the course will engage students with an event or concept necessary to understand and dismantle systemic racism. The series is a sophisticated, interdisciplinary introduction to systemic racism, addressed to students with curious minds and noble hearts. It will cover the range of issues that must be understood and addressed in order for us to build a vocabulary of racial justice as a mental guide to creating a just society.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Civil and Human Rights concentration — Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights

Globalization and Korean Migration

KSGA 20300

Sharon Yoon

MW 12:30–1:45 p.m.

3 credits

Why and how have increasing rates of globalization and cultural diversity led to the intensification of racial discrimination and inequality? We analyze this question in the context of migration to South Korea. By considering the economic, political, and social issues associated with increasing racial diversity, our class will discuss the roles of civic and state actors in easing social integration.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Asian Studies concentration; or

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

Policy Lab: Sustainability, Ethics, and Natural Resources

KSGA 40492

Ray Offenheiser

W 5:05–5:55 p.m.

1 credit

Sustainability is an admirable goal for the world but is not so easy to implement in practice. How do you evaluate the sustainability of a forest, agricultural, or mining project? Each might promise jobs, revenue, and prosperity but will they deliver on sustainability?

In this class, we will focus on the global mining industry as a “wicked problem”—a problem that is large and complex and does not yield easy answers. Using case studies, visual materials and visiting speakers, we will explore the many dimensions of governance, environment, corporate responsibility, and community relations, and grapple with sustainability in context.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Global Policy Studies concentration — Keough School of Global Affairs

Love and Violence: Religion, Civil Disobedience, and Nonviolent Resistance

IIPS 40607 01 02

Jason Springs

TR 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

3 credits

This course explores the ways in which religious ethicists, social critics, and activists have employed conceptions of love and violence for the purposes of criticizing and resisting oppressive political conditions, and for radically transforming existing social arrangements. We will begin by exploring the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, with particular attention to the influence of the Bhagavad-Gita upon their thinking. We will examine the ways that these writings influenced Mahatma Gandhi and his correspondence with the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and how this entire mosaic of influences came to inform Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Black Power Movement. We will engage critical perspectives on these thinkers and ideas, such as criticisms of Gandhi by George Orwell and Arundhati Roy, Frantz Fanon’s claims that colonialism is an essentially violent phenomenon that requires an essentially violent response, Malcolm’s criticisms of Martin, and arguments against pacifism by Max Weber.

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

Tolerance and Toleration: Introduction to a European Discourse

EURO 33000

Clemens Sedmak

TR 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

3 credits

In September 2000, the UN Millennium Summit explicitly recognized tolerance as a global value. Important roots of this understanding of tolerance are found in the history of Europe—with its diversity of landscapes, political units, languages, and faith traditions negotiating peaceful coexistence in a particular way. Tolerance has been contested and promoted, conceptualized and violated, enacted and disrupted. The perspective of toleration allows for a particular way to understand Europe, its history, intellectual traditions and its struggles. The writing-intensive course seeks to offer a systematic introduction to the discourse on toleration and tolerance; and to offer an introduction to Europe and European studies, centered around the idea of toleration. The course will work with historical milestones, conceptual debates, exemplary practices, and case studies.

Departmental approval for this course is required; interested students who are not enrolled in the Minor in European Studies should contact Anna Dolezal to request approval to enroll.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Transnational European Studies concentration; or

Minor in European StudiesNanovic Institute for European Studies

Poverty, Business, and Development

SEI 30999

Michael H. Morris

TR 9:30–10:45 a.m.

3 credits

This course adopts an entrepreneurial perspective in exploring the role of business in helping to address the poverty challenge in developing and developed economies. The multi-faceted nature of poverty and its implications when it comes to business and entrepreneurship are explored. Attention is devoted to venture creation as a pathway out of poverty, and to how the larger business community can be leveraged in poverty alleviation efforts. Students will examine case studies and meet low-income entrepreneurs.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Minor in Social EntrepreneurshipMcKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business and Pulte Institute for Global Development

Asian Spiritualities and Global Affairs

KSGA 30605

Alexander 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. We 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 Supplementary Major, Global Asia concentration and Religion and Global Affairs concentrations; or

Asian Studies Supplementary Major or Asian Studies Minor Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies 

The Northern Ireland Troubles, 1920-present

IRST 30440

Colin Barr

MW 3:30–4:45 p.m.

3 credits

After examining the partition of Ireland in the 1920s and the early decades of its existence, this class will turn to its main concern: “The Troubles.” The major themes will be the civil rights movement, Bloody Sunday, the hunger strikes, and the Good Friday/Belfast Peace Agreement—all explored through the lens of majority/minority politics and divisions along religious and political lines.

Credit hours contribute to the:

Global Affairs Supplementary Major, Irish Studies concentration; or

Irish Studies Minor Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies 

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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


Core courses that count towards the supplementary major in global affairs can be found by searching within Coursicle or NOVO or PATH 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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