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Core Course Offerings

IGS 611 - International Organizations (3 Credits)
Professor: Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli & Dr. Bradford McGuinn

Because MAIA is a professional program its graduates will very likely work in or with international organizations and governmental organizations (IOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of all kinds. Team taught, IGS 611 covers the entire spectrum of international organizations and theoretical and practical issues such as peace and security (including international humanitarian intervention), human rights, and economic development. Organizations covered include the United Nations and major regional integration organizations: particular stress will be placed on the work of NGOs. 

IGS 612 - International Administration (3 Credits)
Professor: Dr. Joseph Ganitsky

This is one of the core courses for students entering the MAIA program, designed for those pursuing careers in international development, non-profit administration, public administration, and for-profit management. The objectives of the course are to: present a broad overview of concepts, theories, processes, and practical global challenge confronting, professional public/nonprofit managers; discuss contemporary issues facing multinational corporations (MNCs), non-government agencies (NGOs), and public agencies; analyze the similarities and differences between public, non-profit and private management; prepare future and current public managers for higher level responsibilities in international agencies; and explore alternative theories, proposals/concepts for change (e.g. empowerment, community-ownership, public-private enterprises, mission-driven government, customer service, etc.) in global organizations in the future. A number of methods will be used in the class but the primary teaching approach will rely on information technology in the classroom. All participants are expected to contribute to discussions and share observations and conclusions with the group. 

IGS 613 - Global Cultures: Religion, Communications, and Security (3 Credits)
Professor: Dr. Edmund Abaka

The course will provide an overview of world religions and cultures as a backdrop of effective communication for international professionals. Religion and political conflicts have increasingly become a staple or our complex, globalized world. As a result, it is important for professionals working with international and non-governmental organizations to understand the religions and the cultures of the world to better facilitate their work in different societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Since religion as an integral part of many cultures, understanding the religious implications of certain activities is important in navigating certain societies and facilitating the work of professionals, especially in regions where religion and political violence dominate foreign relations and foreign policy.

IGS 614 - World Affairs (3 Credits)
Professor: Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli & Dr. Bradford McGuinn

The course is structured upon two intersecting thematic and topical arcs. One takes theories and their applications (from international relations, security studies, international political economy and international development) as its point of departure. The other proceeds from a consideration of the practitioner’s arts: diplomatic service, the conduct of foreign and security policy, and the management of complex administrative systems. The course is designed as a general survey of the theoretical and material aspects of world affairs. The class combines lectures and discussion with an emphasis on the development of professional, analytical, writing skills.

IGS 615 - International Economics for MAIA (3 Credits)
Professor: Dr. Maxime Larivé

This is an introductory course designed to give MAIA students a working familiarity with principles (rules), techniques (schools), and statistical resources (tools) for understanding world economy. It emphasizes general principles and tools so that students can apply them to issues and areas of particular interest. Major areas of concentration are: The classics of political economy and how they apply today; Selected tools from the fields of micro- and macro-economy needed to analyze world economy; Applications to selected problems facing us today; and Statistics of the international situation: where to find them, how to use them, and how to interpret them. The first part of the course jump starts students with a review of Micro and Macro Economics. 

IGS 616 - Organizational Administration (3 Credits)
Professor: Dr. Dina Moulioukova

Organizations are the primary vehicles through which society’s progress. Although this progress can be measured against numerous standards that vary from type of organization and culture, organizations are fundamental to creating the wealth and well-being of societies, individually and collectively. The purpose of IGS 616 is to explore the frameworks and operations of organizations from the strategic perspective of the leader. This exploration will cut across government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations, identifying common elements of thinking, structure, measures, outcomes, issues, and challenges that beset those who seek leadership roles in international administration. The course’s approach is a combination of facilitated discussions, drawing on participants’ experiences, readings, and other assignments, and structured material provided by the instructor. Though a participatory class environment is the context, the focus will be on investigating the interactive roles of leaders, followers, organizations, and their multiple environments.