2017 Summer Skills Courses

Success in our complex world of today demands fluency from everyone working in International Affairs in an increasingly diverse spectrum of professional skills. Practice and enhance your leadership, negotiation, public speaking, and briefing skills (and many) more with us this summer!

A leader among professional schools of international affairs, the Elliott School was the first to offer its graduate students a full set of professional skills courses focusing on practical skills that help students succeed as practitioners in their careers. Our professional skills courses are now OPEN FOR YOU!

Our skills and specialized professional knowledge courses are taught by experts with extensive working knowledge across public, private, and non-profit sectors, driven to help our students to become the leaders of tomorrow. Hundreds of successful careers in International Affairs are proof of our success.

See below for a full listing of  summer course offerings along with meeting times and full descriptions.

For full consideration, please register by July 4th.

*Deadline passed and you are still interested? Please contact us!

Office of Academic Programs – 202.994.6034 – esiaacad@gwu.edu

Professional Skills Course Descriptions:
Cross Cultural Communications
IAFF 6503.23 CRN 20692  
July 29 and August 12 (Summer Session II)
Professor Kamal Beyoghlow                                
The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively across cultures has become both more critical and more difficult in today's global environment. The focus of the course will be development of cross-cultural communications/awareness, management, and negotiation skills. National, regional and universal levels of culture and communications will be explored. Course methodologies will include case studies, videos, simulation, and assessment instruments relative to communicating and working in multicultural settings. The course also uses a comparativist approach to flesh out the significance and implications of cultural underpinnings, factors, and variables necessary for successful communication between cultures and individuals in an increasingly globalized world.
Conflict Analysis
IAFF 6502.13, CRN 22882
Professor Matt Levinger
Tuesdays 5:10-7pm (Summer Session II)
Survey of quantitative and qualitative techniques for analyzing risks and dynamics of violent conflict, including early warning indicators, conflict assessment frameworks, scenario planning, systems mapping, and analysis of conflict narratives. Students learn and apply skills relevant to negotiation, peacekeeping, political risk analysis, development assistance, and strategic planning.
Writing for International Affairs
IAFF 6502.22, CRN 22902
Professor Judith Murphy
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10-9pm (Summer Session II)
Professionals who are able to write well have a competitive advantage in their careers. They are able to clearly and quickly express their views and conclusions in written communications. Strong writing skills also sharpen organization and communication skills at all levels. The best strategic thinkers often are superior writers because of their ability to analyze and synthesize complex concepts and explain them in simple terms. Whether a student's future is in policy development, public speaking, corporate management, law, or academia, this course provides tools to think through written communications and produce effective writing.
Introduction to Gaming and Simulations
IAFF 6503.20, CRN 20801
Professor Michael Wasserman
Saturdays July 15, 22 and 29 9am-1pm (Summer Session II)
The course will review collaborative analysis techniques that have been developed to game out or simulate issues and situations of significance. The course presents an overview of public and private sector applications of these methods for analysis and training. It will also provide detailed descriptions of various approaches and their conceptual underpinnings. The course is divided into three sections: familiarization, experiential learning, and design - the last focusing on application. Working in teams, students will select and apply one of the identified methodologies to the analysis of a specific topic. Topics are subject to instructor approval. The course will consist of lectures, a limited number of readings, and a heavy emphasis on student.
Gender Adivsor: Roles and Skills
IAFF 6503.22, CRN 21367
Professor Andrea Bertone
Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 9am-5pm (Summer Session II)
This course will cover the various roles, responsibilities, and necessary skills of a Gender Advisor in multilateral, bilateral, and international development organizations. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of how the latest tools, resources, and practices should be applied in development work. The course will translate the new and evolving set of policies on gender integration/mainstreaming into meaningful practice to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of institutions and organizations seeking to promote peace, security and development through gender mainstreaming of policies, programs, and projects in developing countries as well as leading organizations to improve their internal gender equality.
Political Analysis
IAFF 6503.24, CRN 21478
Professor Lindsey Ford
Tuesdays, 7:10-9:00 pm (Summer Session II)
The objective of the course is to improve each student's ability to analyze a complex policy situation and craft a paper dealing with some aspect of that situation.
Other Summer Courses with the Elliott School:
Introduction to Conflict Resolution
IAFF 6171.20, CRN 23213
Professor Tobias Grieff
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:10-8:00pm (Summer Session II)
In all human societies, conflict is an integral part of daily life, at personal, communal, national and global levels. Conflict can be constructive, focusing attention on neglected voices or social injustice, and driving cultural and political change. It can also be destructive, damaging relationships, polarizing societies or escalating into violence and war. This course is designed to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary field of conflict analysis and resolution, providing an overview of core concepts of contemporary theory and practice. The course will examine frameworks for analyzing the origins and processes of social conflict, and leading practical approaches to the conduct and evaluation of conflict resolution interventions. Our study will focus on intergroup and international levels of analysis, highlighting collective struggles over ideology and power, sovereignty and self-determination, while highlighting the roles of culture, identity, power, relational dynamics and social structure. The first half of the course emphasizes conflict analysis; the second half emphasizes approaches to conflict resolution.
Conflict Resolution in Africa
IAFF 6186.23,  
CRN    22774
Professor Solomon Deresso
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:10-8:20pm (Summer Session II)
This course enables students to analyze the key characteristics and trends in armed conflicts in contemporary Africa and to assess methods of conflict analysis and resolution on the continent. Part 1 deals with the general characteristics and patterns of armed conflicts in Africa; the major explanations for why armed conflicts emerge and persist across Africa; and the various actors involved as well as the strategies and tactics employed in fighting. Part 2 focuses on the major concepts and issues of current interest in the field of conflict analysis and resolution and the main strategies for the management and resolution of armed conflicts in Africa. This part will explore how conflicts in Africa problematize the assumptions and key elements of orthodox concepts and theories of conflict analysis and conflict resolution. It also offers an overview of the role of various actors engaged in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa.
US Foreign Policy in a Global Era
IAFF 6521.83 21165
July 10 - July 21 Mondays -Fridays (Summer Session II)  
Professor Chris Kojm                                                     
Participants in the summer program will be briefed at key institutions that shape U.S. Foreign policy. In past years students have visited:     
  • U.S. Government Agencies: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the U.S. Department of State, the Pentagon     
  • Foreign embassies: Saudia Arabia and Israel
  • International organizations: United Nations, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund
  • Think tanks: The Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson Center, Center for New American Security
  • Media outlets: The Washington Post, Associated Press, al-Jazeera, National Public Radio
  • Interests groups: peace groups, business groups and ethnic lobbies
Participants will have access to the libraries at The George Washington University, the National Security Archive, the Library of Congress, and other research libraries in Washington, DC. In addition to attending lectures, all participants work on group projects and write a policy memorandum on a U.S. foreign policy issue of their choice. After the two-week program is completed, participants write a substantive research paper on U.S. foreign policy. Upon successful completion of the program, participants earn academic credit from The George Washington University.
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