Students choose one of the following course options.
Difference, particularly cultural difference, is the source of many conflicts in international relations. This course will explore conceptual components and theories of conflict, culture, and conflict resolution—with a special focus on the role that culture plays in both starting and resolving conflicts. An in-depth examination of contemporary international conflicts will be used as illustrative case-studies. The class will then bridge the gap between interpersonal, group, and international conflicts by exploring strategies of conflict resolution and cross-cultural understanding.
Climate change and other environmental hazards present humanity with profound challenges. Fundamental to solving these challenges is an awareness that human well-being rests on two essential factors—a healthy planet and healthy individuals. In this course, we will explore the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and global health. The course will explore the root causes and the social, political, economic, cultural, and ecological dimensions of both these areas. This interdisciplinary course introduces students to urgent environmental and health dilemmas with an eye towards successful strategies of response. Examples of lasting solutions do exist, and we will explore what common qualities are necessary to support positive change.
How does the U.S. government confront dictators, maintain allies, and protect the nation from international threats to national security? This course will introduce the major departments, agencies, and actors within the government involved in foreign policy and national security. It will explore how they operate in the new strategic environment by considering major threats and issues facing the United States today, from terrorists to rogue states to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The course will also address the conflicting goals, agendas, and trade-offs present in any foreign and national security policy. Debating the range of policy options, students will explore how the U.S. might best act to enhance U.S. national security and international position.
Financial aid for this program is only available for students enrolled in DC public and charter schools. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are encouraged to seek out and apply independently for private scholarships that may be awarded by local organizations such as businesses, churches, and civic groups.
- 3 credits of college tuition
- Transportation to off-site briefings at government agencies and other sites
- Afternoon briefings and workshops
- All classroom materials
- Access to AU's library and other AU campus resources
- Dormitory housing in doubles or triples in a centrally-located AU dormitory
- All meals
- Evening and weekend activities: barbecues, international film viewings, museum and shopping trips, Arena Stage or Kennedy Center performance, and evening monument tour
- Air-conditioning and Internet connections
- Round-the-clock dormitory staffing with controlled building access
- Linens provided
Note: Room and board is available only for students enrolled in campus program.