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Leadership and Global Engagement

Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 22, 2015 - July 03, 20152M-F 8:30A-3:05POpenJohn Bierbaum, Kelly Keogh10293
July 06, 2015 - July 17, 20152M-F 8:30A-3:05POpenKelly Keogh, John Bierbaum10295

Course Description

The world is a complicated place. World leaders must address an array of domestic and international issues on a daily basis. Their leadership qualities and styles often reflect cultural and social norms as well as their nation’s political system. Understanding how global leaders make decisions and how those decisions impact the world is vital as the world becomes increasingly interdependent.

In this course, students will explore complex international issues including security and terrorism, trade, human rights, environmental challenges, and and other issues related to sustainable development. Through a highly experiential curriculum that includes current case studies, simulations, role-plays, deliberations, panel discussions, and group projects, students will learn about the major actors in world affairs, including the United States and the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank. Through readings, classroom activities, and consultations with experts, and scholars from Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies, students will develop working knowledge of key global issues facing today’s leaders.

As a capstone, students will use their knowledge, skills, and creativity to prepare an Action Plan to engage a complex global issue. Most importantly, students will leave the course able to deliberate and discuss multifaceted issues with people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and points of view. This course is ideal for students interested in international relations, diplomacy, and global affairs.