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Summer Programs

Each summer, the school welcomes visiting students and working professionals to explore the world of international relations through courses and certificate programs. Whether you seek to build professional skills in a graduate certificate, complement an internship, or prepare for graduate school, you will be inspired by world-renowned faculty known for their academic and practical experience and build a network of talented classmates working across sectors and industries.

Summer Courses

Select among on-campus, online, or virtual courses for the schedule that works best for you.  All summer courses are worth four graduate credits each, the same as during the academic year, and can be transferred to many of the schools degree programs. 

On-campus/hybrid and virtual classes: June 1-July 15, 2021

Structured for the working professional, on-campus/hybrid and virtual courses are small and held two evenings per week from 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in a condensed 6.5 week term. 

  • Virtual courses offer synchronous learning with live lectures held over Zoom. 
  • On-campus/hybrid courses will be on-site and simultaneously broadcast via Zoom offering students the option to attend in-person or virtually. The school equipped hybrid classrooms with multiple cameras, microphones and electronic whiteboards so those attending virtually will have the same access to lecture material and discussions as students in the classroom. In order to follow social distancing guidelines, students participating in-person may be required to alternate (e.g. every other week) between on-site and virtual attendance depending on class size. 

If the campus is not able to open this summer due to the global pandemic, all on-campus/hybrid courses will be offered in a virtual format.  

Nina Gardner: On-campus/hybrid or Virtual
International Law; International Development

This course is centered around three main questions: whether business should be concerned about its human rights impacts, the increasing importance of corporate human rights due diligence, and what type of remedy is available for victims of corporate abuse. Students will gain expertise on human rights related business risks and how to advise companies in a transnational business environment through role-playing exercises and case studies like the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar and Apple in China. The course will focus on corporate sustainability, in light of pressures facing business at home and abroad, including their response to issues such as climate change, the COVID pandemic, and systemic racism.

The class will address the crucial role of investors, civil society and consumers, and the legal regime in rewarding (and penalizing) businesses that do not take human rights and the environment into account. By the end of the course, students will have gained advocacy writing experience from the point of view of a civil society activist, as well as a corporate change maker, and the opportunity to engage first hand with guest lecturers working on these issues.

Allison Berland: On-campus/hybrid or Virtual
Focusing on the major institutions of democratic political systems, such as electoral systems, presidentialism, federalism, and judicial and legal systems, the course aims to familiarize students with a diversity of frameworks to understand contemporary politics within countries. The course will draw upon real world cases to highlight functional issues such as democratic transitions, governance and corruption, and the relationship between development and democracy.
Required for those pursuing a Certificate in International Development.

John Banks: Virtual only
Energy, Resources, and Environment

Electricity is fundamental to the functioning of modern society and the electricity grid has been called the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century.  It has also been deemed the lynchpin in combatting climate change – globally, the electricity sector accounts for just over 40% of carbon emissions, 20% of final energy consumption. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the electric power industry, with a focus on the economic, policy, technology, institutional, and regulatory factors affecting the industry, major current issues and trends, and the prospects for the industry’s future development and sustainability.

The overall objective of the course is to provide students first with a basic foundation and fluency in how the sector works and – building on this - the knowledge and an analytical framework to understand, assess, and formulate solutions to address major trends and complex questions confronting the industry. Grading is based on one quiz, two policy memos, and an oral briefing for the instructor.

Brian Levy: On-campus/hybrid or Virtual
International Development
This course will explore how economics, institutions and politics interact to constrain and shape development strategies, using a combination of conceptual material and case studies. Particular emphasis will be given to:

  • the tension between normative visions of ‘good’ economic policy and ‘good governance’  and the challenge of identifying practical ways of fostering change in specific settings (with case studies of Bangladesh and Korea as contrasting examples);
  • how political and institutional complexities influence the functioning of public bureaucracies, and thus the quality of public service provision (using the provision of public education as an example); and
  • how development, inequality, inclusion, and ideas interact (with South Africa as a case study).

Students will write a paper which applies the frameworks developed in class to a country and development problem of their choice, selected in consultation with the instructor.

Fulfills the Certificate in International Development course requirement of Introduction to Economic Development.

Adam Szubin: Virtual only
Strategic Studies
This course will examine the methodologies used by criminals and terrorists to raise and move money, the tools that governments use to track and stop them, and the latest developments in the field. Students will look at how illicit finance campaigns are being fought in the areas of terrorism, organized crime, human rights violations, and cyber-crime. The course will cover both the systemic/structural (e.g. governments enhancing global anti-money laundering) and targeted/tactical levels of the fight (e.g. law enforcement tracking financial flows to unravel plots). Students will learn not just what is being done but how to critically assess tools and policy efforts in the field. 

Sinisa Vukovic: Virtual only
Conflict Management; International Development
Examine bargaining and negotiations from the theoretical and policy perspectives in international diplomacy, including the role of individual negotiators, domestic politics, cultural context, and the international environment. The course includes an analysis of bilateral, multilateral and third-party mediation on a wide range of substantive issues. Students will learn ways in which negotiations may ameliorate conflicts of interest and identity in international politics. Numerous case studies and simulation exercises will be utilized.

Elie Canetti: On-campus/hybrid or Virtual
International Economics

Macroeconomics is an intermediate-level course that studies the theoretical and institutional framework of modern national economies. Develops analytic tools used to understand how the economy functions in the aggregate. Focuses on the primary purpose of those tools to explain national levels of income, employment, prices and interest rates, as well as changes in these variables over time. Devotes equal attention to short-run economic fluctuations and long-run economic phenomena, especially economic growth and development. Assesses the role of fiscal and monetary policy in determining economic outcomes in both closed and open economies as well as the important relationship between financial markets and macroeconomics.

Prerequisite: Principles of Macroeconomics or equivalent.
Required for the Certificate in International Economics.

Muhammad Husain: Virtual only
International Economics

Microeconomics is an intermediate-level course that focuses on the theory of decision-making under conditions of scarcity. Analyzes consumer theory, choice and demand, production, cost, the firm, market structures and market failure. Emphasizes economic efficiency and the application of economic theory to government and firm decisions and public policy problems. Introduces game theory and some differential calculus. Prior knowledge of differential calculus is helpful or additional self-study may be needed.
Prerequisites: Principles of microeconomics or equivalent, high school algebra and facility with graphs.
Required for the Certificate in International Economics.

John Karaagac: Virtual only
This course presents a set of tools for understanding, predicting and formulating policy on international conflict and cooperation. Examining leading schools of international relations theory, including Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism, the course will also survey topics such as alliance formation, nuclear deterrence, imperialism and international institutions. Students will explore the domestic sources of foreign policy, trade, global environmentalism, international law, the integration and disintegration of states, globalization and the future of international relations.

Required for the Certificate in International Studies.

Jeffrey Pryce: Virtual only
International Law; Conflict Management; Strategic Studies

What is the role of the United Nations in maintaining minimum public order? Is it capable of effective action in crisis, and how should it work with other multilateral structures such as NATO and regional groups? The course looks at the crisis in Kosovo, the Dayton process in Bosnia and recent wars in Africa, as well as the work of the United Nations on weapons of mass destruction and human rights law. Discusses the current reform process, the competition for power between the General Assembly and Security Council and the role of the secretary-general and International Court of Justice.

Online classes: June 1-July 25, 2021

Online classes are asynchronous learning divided into weekly modules, consisting of pre-recorded lectures, activities, and assignments housed in the Blackboard (Bb) learning management system. While there is no scheduled class time to attend, faculty will schedule weekly live meetings for you to interact with your classmates and synthesize the material reviewed in Bb. The live sessions are optional and may be recorded for those unable to attend.  Assignments and activities, just as with in-person courses, have due dates and deadlines and are administered using Blackboard.

Ben Purser: Online
Monday 5:00-6:00 p.m.
China Studies; Strategic Studies
Along with China's emergence as a great power, Communist Party leaders in Beijing face a wide range of traditional and non-traditional security challenges. This course examines Chinese perspectives on, and responses to, contemporary national security issues like North Korea's nuclear program, proliferation more generally, Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, energy security and sea lane protection, space and cyberspace security, and U.S. "rebalancing" to the Asia-Pacific region. The course will also consider security-related budget issues and the response of other countries to China’s rise in areas such as export control policy.

John Harrington: Online
Wednesday 5:00-5:45 p.m. & Saturday 12:00-12:45 p.m.
International Economics
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to econometrics. Develops tools for estimating functional relationships and critically reading empirical studies that use different econometric techniques; presents assumptions of multivariate regression and discusses the most common econometric problems and the potential consequences and remedies; and discusses omitted variables, sample selection, heteroscedasticity, autocorrelation, multicollinearity and use of discrete variables. Introduces students to instrumental variable technique. Uses statistical software in applied exercises.
Prerequisite: Statistical Methods for Business and Economics.

Jonathan Hoddenbagh: Online
Wednesday 7:30-8:30 p.m.
International Economics

Students will learn the basic theory underlying the international monetary system. Topics include balance-of-payments analysis, foreign-exchange markets, interaction of economies at the macro level and exchange-rate regimes.
Prerequisite: SAIS Macroeconomics, or intermediate macroeconomics from another institution and passing the SAIS Macroeconomics online waiver exam.
Required for the Certificate in International Economics.

Christine McDaniel: Online
Thursday 6:00-7:00 p.m.
International Economics
This course covers the theory and practice of international trade and investment. The first part of the course examines the cause of trade, the sources of the gains from trade and the domestic and international distribution of those gains. The second part examines the instruments and consequences of trade policy measures, especially tariffs and quantitative restrictions. Addresses preferential trade agreements and the practice of trade policy.
Prerequisite: SAIS Microeconomics, or intermediate microeconomics from another institution and passing the SAIS Microeconomics online waiver exam.
Required for the Certificate in International Economics.

Seth Kaplan: Online
Tuesday 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Global Theory & History
Politics affects risk on many levels (e.g., international, national, regional, and local) and is the result of the interaction of many different elements. Students will examine basic issues with regard to risk analysis as well as why forecasts often fall short before examining three broad issues: country structural fragility, problems with collective action policymaking, and operational breakdowns. The class focuses more on the risks that face countries than on how particular risks might impact corporations or NGOs, though the latter is also examined. The course will also examine how to prioritize and mitigate risk. Each class aims to provide students with a set of frameworks to think about and assess these issues and to work on case studies to develop their skills.

John Harrington: Online
Tuesday 5:00-5:45p.m. & Friday 12:00-12:45 p.m.
International Economics
Students will study basic statistical tools for data analysis. Emphasizes facility in problem-solving in statistical inference and two-variable regression and correlation analysis. Presents descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions and their use in hypothesis testing. Uses computer to solve problems and to reinforce statistical concepts.