One-Credit Skills Courses

The CR Program has partnered with the other Government MA Programs in Democracy and Governance and American Government to offer a series of one-credit skills courses. The conflict resolution program requires students to take a minimum of one skills course. Students can also take a bundle of three one-credit skills courses over the course of their studies in place of an elective. These courses are optimal for working students, as many are offered on weekends and for students seeking practical experience for career development. The program continues to offer new skills courses each semester based on the interest of the students and developing relations with practitioners. Below are a sample of recently offered one-credit skills courses.


Government MA One-Credit Skills Courses, Fall 2017

Strategic & Cross-sector Collaboration - GOVX 506

Instructor: Jessica Kritz, Research Assistant Professor in the CR Program

Strategic and cross-sector collaboration is a necessary solution to complex development challenges. While the practice and research of cross-sector collaboration is extremely challenging, there has been extraordinary growth in the developed-country literature. Since 2006, the literature has expanded dramatically with hundreds of empirical and theoretical articles published. By contrast, in developing countries, the practice of cross-sector collaboration has far outpaced the research. While cross-sector collaboration is desired by governments, required by funders and recommended by policymakers—and most fields, including the global health and conflict resolution fields, work extensively across sectors, memorializing these activities through various types of documentation such as contracts and memoranda of understanding—this policy and practice has not been supported by a commensurate level of research focus. This class will highlight and begin to address this crucial knowledge gap. We will investigate the existing literature and analyze key areas where attention is needed. Students will leave the class equipped with cutting-edge tools to build and research cross-sector collaboration in a developing country setting. Case studies will be drawn primarily from the global health and conflict resolution sectors.

Social Entrepeneurship for Social Change - GOVX 508

Instructor: Craig Zelizer, Founder and CEO of Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Over the past two decades the field of social entrepreneurship has increasingly grown in scope and impact. This highly practical and interactive skills course will provide students with the core skills and knowledge to understand and implement market-based solutions to addressing complex social challenges. The course will explore how business based approaches are being integrated with social change and ethical approaches to facilitating change.

Students will explore the field of social entrepreneurship, the challenges and opportunities and relevance for the complex social, economic and political issues in the 21st century. A core part of the course will be students developing a concept for a potential social enterprise initiative, from nuts to bolts including need, context, mapping the existing gaps, competition, a clear revenue plan, etc.

Students will complete the course with a clear understanding of social entrepreneurship, a wealth of tools, skills and resources to advance one’s work in this area, and ability to navigate the ecosystem.

Skills for Fieldwork - GOVX 509

Instructor: Julie Steiger

Routes to Resolve Conflict in the Middle East

Instructor: Mara Rudman