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Fall 2020  |  PA 5890 Section 001: Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs -- Int'l Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (32992)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
10/16/2020
Fri 03:00PM - 08:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
 
10/17/2020
Sat 08:00AM - 04:00PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (35 of 40 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
PA 5890-1 will be offered REMOTELY. Class will meet synchronously-online during Fall 2020, Friday, 10/16 (3:00-8:00 p.m.) and Saturday, 10/17 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.). http://classinfo.umn.edu/?mtcurtin+PA5890+Fall2020
Class Description:
The role-playing exercise will be led by the Humphrey School diplomat in residence in partnership with a retired senior diplomat and a team from the U.S. Army War College. The course will enable students to engage in a simulated multi-party negotiation of a complex, high stakes international crisis with multiple players, focused on a future world crisis involving political, military, and humanitarian issues. Students will be divided into six teams representing key players, such as the U.S., Russia, , China, and other countries involved in the chosen crisis situation. Each team will be mentored by a retired diplomat and/or military officer who will provide negotiating and strategic advice. The learning objective of the exercise is to help students gain greater understanding of and experience in the skills needed to operate in complex multifaceted negotiations. Students will gain experience in:
  • Regional Situation Analysis:
  • Negotiation Techniques
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Decision Making
  • Team Building
  • Time Management

NOTE: Teams will be formed and a complete read-ahead packet provided before the exercise. Teaches the theory and practice of diplomacy and how it is used by the US and others to advance foreign policy objectives. Readings, lectures, and class discussion provide historical and critical understanding; simulations provide opportunities to develop and practice skills in negotiation, policy development, and oral and written communication. The course will focus on how the U.S., other countries, and other international players use diplomacy to advance their foreign policy goals and address and seek to resolve complex international crises. It will examine differing diplomatic styles and skills needed to operate successfully as a professional diplomat.
Exam Format:
Students will be required to fully participate in the events on October 18 and 19 and to submit a prompted two-page reflection memorandum after the exercise.
Class Format:
This exercise takes place on Friday, October 18 from 3:00-8:00 and Saturday, October 19, 8:00-4:00pm and is an active multilateral strategic negotiation exercise. Students will be assigned to one of seven teams, each with a retired diplomat or faculty member as a mentor. A retired senior U.S. diplomat will lead the exercise acting in the role of a UN Special Envoy. All students who register must actively participate.
Workload:
Students will be provided a 100 page read-ahead document. In addition to full engagement during the exercise on February 3-4, students must submit a two-page reflection memorandum.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/32992/1209
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/mtcurtin_PA5890_Spring2016.docx (Spring 2016)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/mtcurtin_PA5890_Fall2015.pdf (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 March 2019

Fall 2020  |  PA 5890 Section 004: Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs -- Women's Human Rights in Practice (33116)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/08/2020 - 12/16/2020
Tue, Thu 08:15AM - 09:30AM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (14 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
Class will be offered REMOTELY. Class will involve a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous instruction online during Fall 2020. In general, there will be one synchronous lesson per week, typically on Tuesdays from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m., and one asynchronous, pre-recorded session. If possible, we may have two in-person sessions in November (to be confirmed). Those sessions will allow for remote participation, if needed.". http://classinfo.umn.edu/?WALSH912+PA5890+Fall2020
Class Description:

This seminar explores live debates and contemporary movements for women's human rights and gender equality globally and in the US, and builds practical communications skills.


We'll learn about foundational gender and human rights principles and mechanisms, and survey ways that advocates are deploying human rights to tackle gender inequality and intersecting forms of oppression in today's world. We'll examine progress and emerging threats to the rights of women, including trans women, and people with non-binary identities.


We'll do this by looking at examples from the topics of workers' rights, sexual and reproductive health, rights to land and water, and gender-based violence. There are, of course, many other important gender and human rights issues. This selection was chosen to complement what is covered in other UMN courses, and avoid duplication (e.g. given that there's a separate UMN course on sex trafficking, that topic isn't a primary focus for this course).


Throughout the course, we'll do short, practical exercises to sharpen your ability to communicate about gender equality and women's human rights, and be able to advocate for change. We'll practice writing for media and advocacy purposes; making short presentations; and other skills. We'll also reflect on stress and burnout in the human rights profession, and ways to foster resilience and wellbeing.


There are no prerequisites. This class is designed to complement other classes on gender, public policy, and human rights.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the seminar will be online. It will involve two class sessions per week for the full semester. In general, there will be one synchronous session per week, typically on Tuesdays from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m., and one asynchronous, pre-recorded session that you can watch any time.

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate students.
This course qualifies as an elective for the Master of Human Rights and the Human Rights Graduate Minor at the U, as well as the Global Public Policy and the Gender and Public Policy Concentrations at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Learning Objectives:

By reading and discussing course materials and doing practical exercises and assignments, you'll improve your ability to:

  • Analyze how international human rights law applies to contemporary gender and women's rights challenges.

  • Assess and discuss real-life strategies and campaigns to advance gender equality and women's human rights.

  • Write and speak persuasively about gender equality as a human rights issue through media and advocacy-oriented communications.

  • Apply an intersectional lens to class discussions and assignments, and deepen your understanding of the compounding effects of multiple forms of discrimination, including on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, Indigeneity, immigration status, age, and ability.

  • Understand stress and resilience in the human rights field, and strategies to mitigate risk of vicarious trauma in this work.

Grading:
Option for the final grade to be on the A-F grade scale or S/N (Satisfactory or Not Satisfactory).
Exam Format:

Grades are based on class participation and a series of short written and verbal assignments.

Workload:
Comparable to other graduate courses. Students will view or read a variety of short, timely sources to illustrate communications formats and tools used by advocates. There is no long paper assignment.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33116/1209
Syllabus:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/walsh912_PA5890_Fall2020.pdf
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/walsh912_PA5890_Spring2022.pdf (Spring 2022)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/walsh912_PA5890_Spring2021.pdf (Spring 2021)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 July 2020

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