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HSPB500: Foundations of Human Security and Peacebuilding

Focuses on the intellectual foundations of the field through an interdisciplinary examination of the challenges of human security. Approaches the study of human security from the perspectives of economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. Employs broad concept of peacebuilding to designate social transformation that offers greater hope of long-term, sustainable peace. Seeks to illuminate basic theories and concepts through regular reference to concrete cases.
Course Credits: 3.0

HSPB515: Social Policy Issues: Social and Economic Insecurity

Examines linkages between economic restructuring, economic crises, globalization and social crises in the contemporary world. Explores the interconnectedness between local and global dimensions of recurring crises and the ways these relate to policy decisions and outcomes. Focuses on social policy issues as they relate to human security and social reconstruction, and strategies for translating peacebuilding into public policy in support of the foundations of civil society and the rule of law. Includes social reconstruction, humanitarianism in human security, and the social/economic context of conflict. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Course Credits: 3.0

HSPB530: International Law and Global Institutions

Examines the foundations and mechanisms of international law as they apply to issues of human security and peacebuilding, with a specific focus on how the theory and practice of this law converge in the actual operations of the United Nations and other global institutions. It also focuses on the role of courts and their jurisdiction as they relate to conflict resolution, deterrence, enforcement, trans-nationality and trans-boundary issues, especially with reference to human rights, international crimes and threats to human security and peacebuilding, with relation to these institutions. The emphasis throughout the course is on the dynamic interaction of theory and practice between law and institutions. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Course Credits: 3.0

HSPB540: Conflict in the Post-Cold War Era

Uses systematic, substantive, analytical and historical approaches to examine the changing nature of conflict and security threats in the post-Cold War era. Includes a critical examination of the changing patterns of conflict, conflict generating issues, sub-national conflicts, terrorism, international intervention, and counterinsurgency. Examines the consequences of conflict such as refugees and economic decline and political impacts such as failed states. Analyzes the types of conflict resolution strategies and possible interventions and the extent to which conflict can be prevented or deterred. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Course Credits: 3.0

HSPB600: Diplomacy, Development and Crisis Management

A skills-oriented course emphasizing methods and tools used in development planning and in crisis response, including the design and management of interventions (such as programs or campaigns), ethical considerations, conflict mapping, negotiation, and mediation. Explores the relationship between the theoretical and the practical aspects of field activities, and introduces students to relevant theory of political systems in the context of conflict, development theory, and has a strong emphasis on evidence-based planning and assessment. Pre-requisites: HSPB 500.
Course Credits: 3.0

HUMS551: Foundations of Research

Provides an introduction to the foundations of research and to the concepts and procedures of qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Covers strategies for critically assessing published empirical research and discusses the roles of epistemological and ontological assumptions in the application of paradigms of knowledge. Reviews issues concerning ethics in research and the function of social values in the process of knowledge construction. Examines core research methodologies and methods used in professional practice. Pre-requisites: One of CAMN 502, DEMN502, HSPB500, JUST502
Course Credits: 3.0