Current Courses (Spring 2017)

Approved Electives

26:478:515:01 Immigration and Security in Europe, Chebel


26:478:517:01 Institutions and Norms, Reich

Current debates in global affairs focus heavily on the respective importance of power, institutions and norms as explanations of behavior by both state and non-state actors. Surprisingly little work focuses on how these explanations interact, how they influence the behavior of actors in addressing a variety of transnational issues, or if and how global initiatives are formulated, codified and then (most importantly) enforced. In this course, we examine the relevant literature, and consider both the ways in which soft and hard power is linked, and when initiatives are likely to actually be not only formulated but also enforced, in attempting to combat a variety of challenging problems such new conflict issues and global economic crisis.

New Brunswick

16:790:566:01 Theory of Politics, Violence, and Stability, Midlarsky


34:833:572:01 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, Jaffe, Stamato

The basic purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the field of conflict resolution and its relationship to public policy-making, planning, and politics. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of negotiation and the processes that build on negotiation when legitimate interests are in conflict (e.g. mediation) as well as those that may substitute for it when differences cannot be voluntarily resolved (e.g. arbitration). Students will gain an understanding of the limits of law and legal process and the benefits of collaboration in making decisions and resolving conflicts. They will learn analytical and intervention skills to address organizational, policy and legislative concerns in areas as diverse as the workplace, the community, government regulatory practice and international relations. Students will have opportunities to apply concepts and practice negotiation and intervention skills in hypothetical and factual public policy situations. Sub-topics include: Decision-making in negotiation and collaboration, barriers to effective negotiation, impact of process on (and compliance with) outcomes, theoretical (and practical) concerns in intractable conflicts.