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.
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.
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 Major — Keough School of Global Affairs
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.
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 Studies — Kellogg Institute for International Studies
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.
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 Studies — Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
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 Major — Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies; or Asian Studies Minor — Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
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.
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).
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.”