International Relations Online Cross-University Courses

OT@NYU students are eligible to enroll in the following courses from International Relations Online, the online master of arts program in International Relations from the American University School of International Service:

Intercultural Communications
3 credits

This interdisciplinary course examines the interaction of people across cultures and considers such topics as cross-cultural communication, management and adaptation, intercultural negotiation, and how culture impacts conflict between individuals, cultures, and nations. The primary goal is to provide students with concepts, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to analyze and interpret the dynamics of any cross-cultural interaction or conflict. At the end of course, students will be able to:

  • Define intercultural communication as a field of inquiry within international relations.
  • Identify and understand the contributions of major scholars in the field.
  • Understand the dynamics of intercultural communication at the interpersonal, national, and international levels.
  • Apply concepts of the field to analyze and interpret case examples of intercultural conflict.
  • Explain how culture impacts cross-cultural adaptation and negotiation.
  • Consider how cultural aspects of national identity perpetuate international conflict and shape foreign policy.

Politics of Global Development
3 credits

Politics of Global Development offers examination into the field of international development. The course focuses on the history, theory, and current approaches toward alleviating poverty and global inequality, and focuses especially on the impacts of development strategies on the environment and on the most vulnerable members of society. This course emphasizes critical analysis of the central assumptions and power relations that have influenced the field, and resulting discourses, policies, programs, and political arrangements. In the course, we explore what development means, how to measure it, and how to understand attempts to balance between economic, ecological, and equity concerns. The course engages the key propositions that emerge in contemporary international development debates, and offers frameworks for evaluating theories, interventions, and policies. The course offers a foundation for uncovering and assessing social structures, institutions, inequalities, and development policies as theories meet practice.

Project Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DM&E)
3 credits

This course introduces the six phases of a project cycle, and is designed to build and/or strengthen an individual’s knowledge, methods, and skills to (1) design a development, governance, or post-conflict project for a specific population, and (2) develop a project monitoring and evaluation plan for (a) ensuring project efficiency and (b) measuring project effectiveness. Tools learned and practiced include: Problem/Objectives Analysis; Theories of Change; Needs Assessments; Logical Frameworks; Indicator Protocol Sheets; Data Collection Toolkits; Means of Verification; and Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Report (MERL) Plan.