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International Affairs

School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

The School of International and Public Affairs offers two Certification of Professional Achievement (CPA) programs over the summer:

Students may also apply to take individual SIPA courses without pursuing a CPA. Columbia College and General Studies students can take a limited amount of graduate level and courses from professional schools and count them towards their degrees (4 credits and 6 credits, respectively). Please discuss these courses with your advisor before moving forward with scheduling to ensure credit will be counted.

Students enrolled in (or on leave from) a degree program at SIPA are not eligible to receive the certificate. Should SIPA students wish to take classes associated with the certificate they must first consult with their assigned academic advisor for guidance and approval. A person who earns the certificate and then later enrolls in a degree program at SIPA may not count any of the certificate courses towards the SIPA degree.

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

Summer 2022 Session Information

  • SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 23–July 1, 2022
  • SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 5–August 12, 2022
  • SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 23–August 12, 2022

Visit our calendar for a complete list of Summer dates.

Note: Permission may be required for CC/GS (Columbia College/General Studies) matriculated students. Contact smg16@columbia.edu.

Courses
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UNITED NATIONS & HUMAN RIGHTS
INAF6552S001 3 points.

What is the UN track record in promoting and protecting human rights? This intense six-week course will examine the UN human rights standards, mechanisms, institutions and procedures established over the past sixty years and question their effectiveness. With a particular focus on the actions (or lack thereof) of the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council and diverse international judicial institutions like the International Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court, the course will illustrate, through practical case studies, the inherent challenges associated with the protection of human dignity, the enforcement of human rights and the fight against impunity.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6552S001 001/10077 Session B Tu 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
Th 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
David Marshall
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
UN & CHALLENGE OF PEACEBUILDING
INAF6554S001 3 points.

Peacebuilding is complex and multi-faceted encompassing security, sustainable development, human rights, reconciliation of past differences, and, ultimately, societal transformation. It is above all else an inherently political process. This course examines the evolution in thinking and approaches to peacebuilding and how it has been put into practice by the United Nations, at both the Headquarters and country levels. We will look at the many stakeholders, the need for partnerships and the challenge of coordination, as well as the tools used by the UN in its support to peacebuilding. We will also extract lessons learned and the conditions for peacebuilding to succeed, with special attention to the UN’s work in supporting peacebuilding at the country level.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6554S001 001/10078 Session A Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
JAMES WILLIAM RAWLEY
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
UN & MAINT OF INTL PEACE & SEC
INAF6559S001 3 points.

The United Nations recently passed its seventieth anniversary and a new Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, was selected by the Security Council to succeed Ban Ki-moon. At this critical juncture, the international system is being challenged to provide adequate responses to the rise of violent extremist groups, waves of refugees arriving in Europe, and to --†fewer but deadlier --armed conflicts. As prevention continues to be elusive and recent - mostly intrastate --armed conflicts have proven to be particularly resistant to peaceful settlement whether through mediation, the deployment of peace operations or peacebuilding projects, the question of the relevance of the UN is posed yet again. Has the Security Council been successful in using the tools at its disposal, from prevention to peace operations and enforcement measures? What has become of the Responsibility to Protect? Is a divided Security Council facing a crisis of relevance? What does it mean for peace operations sent where there is no peace to keep? What are the persisting obstacles to effective prevention? What are the lessons from the evolving partnership with regional organizations? How can peace be sustained over the long term? What will have been Ban Ki Moon's legacy? What are the prospects for UN reform and what could it look like? To address these questions and more, the course will examine the evolving role of the world organization in global security, shaped by its member states with different strategic interests and by the broader geopolitical context in which it operates.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6559S001 001/10079 Session A Tu 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Th 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Arthur Boutellis
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
THE UN AND DEVELOPMENT
INAF6569S001 3 points.

This six week course provides an overview of the contribution the United Nations development system has made in the sphere of development. The course traces the historical evolution of the UN's contribution in the areas of development cooperation, poverty reduction, environment and climate, human rights, gender and humanitarian action. It explores the emerging role of non-state actors, in particular the private sector and civil society. The last sessions will examine in detail the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 and the recognition that to be relevant in today's rapidly changing world, the UN must commit itself to major reform. The course will draw extensively from the practical experience of the instructor.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6569S001 001/10080 Session B Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Kimberly Gamble-Payne
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY
INAF6572S001 3 points.

This course explores the unique and distinct foreign policy behavior of different states in the international system. Explanations of state behavior will be drawn from many overarching international relations frameworks including but not necessarily limited to realism, liberalism, and constructivism. The effects of power, culture, institutions and history will be examined.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6572S001 001/10081 Session B Tu 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
Th 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Zachary Shirkey
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
US FOREIGN POLICY
INAF6795S001 3 points.

This course examines the foundations, decision-making processes, and substance of American foreign policy, particularly as it has developed over the past fifty years. We explore the role of American political culture, the presidency, Congress, and the foreign policy bureaucracy in helping to determine America's relationship with other states and international organizations. We pay particular attention to the recurring tensions that run through American foreign policy: isolationism v. internationalism, security v. prosperity, diplomacy v. military power, unilateralism v. multilateralism, and realism v. idealism. Each week we will explore a broad theoretical/conceptual theme and then focus on a specific topic that exemplifies a practical application of the theme.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6795S001 001/10082 Session A Mo 09:00 AM–12:10 PM
We 09:00 AM–12:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Bruce Cronin
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
INTL RELATIONS:THRY & CONCEPTS
INAF6800S001 3 points.

Through a review of major academic literature, lectures, and class discussion, this course examines many of the central concepts, theories, and analytical tools used in contemporary social science to understand international affairs. The theoretical literature is drawn from fields including comparative politics, international relations, political sociology, and economics. The course is designed to enhance students' abilities to think critically and analytically about current problems and challenges in international politics.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6800S001 001/10083 Session A Mo 02:00 PM–05:10 PM
We 02:00 PM–05:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Laura Samotin
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
EAST ASIAN SECURITY
INAF6801S001 3 points.

This course empowers students to develop a deep understanding of the major issues of East Asian security. We will examine the various challenges to stability in East Asia in the context of power, institutions, and ideas (the three primary factors that impact international relations), including: China’s increasing assertiveness; the North Korean nuclear crisis; historical stigma amongst Japan, South Korea, and China; lingering Cold War confrontations on the Korean Peninsula and across the Taiwan Strait; and an unstable relationship between the US and China. Through a comparison with the West, students will inquire whether a unique approach is required when considering appropriate responses to security issues in East Asia.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6801S001 001/10084 Session B Mo 02:00 PM–05:10 PM
We 02:00 PM–05:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Fumiko Sasaki
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
INTL POLITICAL ECONOMY
INAF6820S001 3 points.

This course serves as an introduction to the study of international political and economic relations. We look at the connections between politics and economics as well as markets and governments and relate them to key substantive issue areas such as finance, trade, investment, marketing, income inequality and poverty, and globalization. In examining the issue areas, we shall look both at how scholars think about them and how private and public decision makers analyze and impact them. The teaching is informed by the sharing with students knowledge deriving from multiple disciplines, cultures, and languages to help them gain useful real-world insights.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF6820S001 001/10085 Session B Tu 02:00 PM–05:10 PM
Th 02:00 PM–05:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
David Spiro
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person
Ukrainian Foreign Pol: Russia, Eur, & US
INAF8757S001 3 points.

The seminar consists of three parts: Historical Background, Thematic and Political Issues and Conclusions. It provides historical perspectives on the development of today's Ukraine, analyses the evolution of its politics since Independence, and its quest for Euro-Atlantic Integration. While providing an assessment of political, social and economic transformations, the course examines major causes of Euromaidan and the Revolution of Dignity. The current political situation in the country and the current war with Russia will be thoroughly investigated.

The top priority of Ukraine's foreign policy is to ensure international support for its efforts to rebuff Russia’s full-fledged aggression and to restore its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Can diplomacy still play a role? What is to be done to solve the existing internal problems? What is to be done to restore the country? Can Ukraine’s President, its government and Parliament solve all these problems? Is there a future for the UN peacekeeping operation in Ukraine?

These and other issues, including international assistance to Ukraine, behind-the-scenes activities, power struggles and diplomatic endeavors are analyzed in the course.

The course delivers first-hand Insight by a career diplomat who has been actively involved in the implementation of Ukraine's foreign policy and closely connected with the upper echelons of the country's political establishment.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
INAF8757S001 001/12584 Session B Tu 02:00 PM–05:10 PM
Th 02:00 PM–05:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Valerii Kuchynskyi
3 Open for Enrollment
(auto-fill Wait List)
In-Person