MAIA Core Courses - (21 credits)
IGS 613 - Global Cultures, Religions, and Communications (3 credits - Fall)
The course will provide an overview of world religions and cultures as a backdrop of effective communication for international professionals. The study of comparative religions and cultures will make students aware of special challenges in international and intercultural communication and the role of mass media in international relations. The course will be team taught bringing together a group of experts on different religions and cultures as well as media.
IGS 614 - World Affairs (3 credits - Fall)
The primary aims of the course are to introduce the conceptual basics of international relations and to help students sharpen their analytical and critical thinking skills through familiarity with the broad palette of issues and actors that make up today’s world affairs. We do what all introductory courses on International Relations do: address the origins of the state and its changing role in today’s world and attend to the politics of a diverse group of actors (human rights activists, governmental and non-governmental international organizations) and issues (among them globalization, ethnic conflict, environmental degradation). However, it is the interactive nature of the course that shapes its focus and differentiates it from other similar courses. The importance of integrating professional and academic knowledge is stressed; this integration is exemplified by the team-teaching arrangement which pairs a full professor with a senior diplomat.
IGS 616 - Organizational Administration (3 credits - Fall)
Organizations are the primary vehicles through which societies 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.
IGS 611- International Organizations (3 credits - Spring)
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 - Spring)
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 multi-national 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 responsi¬bilities 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 615 - International Economics (3 credits - Spring)
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 517 - Practicum in International Administration (3 credits Fall, Spring, Summer)
All MAIA students must complete a practicum, which consists of three parts:
Skills Enhancement Clinics: Sessions offered throughout the year, consisting of technical workshops addressing topics that are not covered in the Information Boot Camp, the Budgeting Boot Camp or other courses.
MAIA Internship: This is a formal work assignment with an organization in a student’s field of interest. A minimum 200 hours contact hours is required to successfully complete the internship. Students may opt for an 8 to 10 week internship during the summer, a part-time internship during the academic year, or a full-time internship during the winter break with additional work and time commitments. Please refer to the MAIA Community Blackboard to find a list of possible internship locations.
Internship/Practicum Report: Following the internship, students will submit a practicum report. An oral defense before the student’s committee members concludes the practicum experience. Please refer to the writing guidelines located on the MAIA Community Blackboard.
Students should generally arrange their course of study so as to complete course requirements before starting the practicum experience. In addition to the twenty-one (21) credit core Student will select three (3) elective courses. Please refer to the “MAIA Tracks” when selecting electives.
NB: Red = Recommended Courses for those Interested in a Ph.D.