Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A spring cornucopia of courses

SAIS Europe students return to Bologna from mid-term break next week with a smörgåsbord of courses to choose from for the second semester.

Each student typically takes four courses per semester. Imagine the difficulty, then, of choosing from among the 40 on offer in Bologna.

Any concentration can be pursued in Bologna, although a student wishing to concentrate in Asia Studies requires special authorization.

Interested in International Development? How about "Multiculturalism and the Human Rights of Women" or "Economic Migrants, Refugees and Human Security"?

The Middle East? There is a course focusing on Turkey and another called "The Israel-Palestine Conflict: History, Politics, Narratives".

Prof. Erik Jones will be offering "European Financial Markets", while Prof. Francesc Vendrell will teach "Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution".

Søren Jessen-Petersen, a popular adjunct professor, returns to teach a course that satisfies requirements in two concentrations: International Law and International Development.

Given Jessen-Petersen's professional background, it's little wonder his course covers a lot of ground. He has served as Special U.N. Representative for Kosovo, the European Union's Special Representative in Skopje, Macedonia and Assistant U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees among other top posts.

Another adjunct professor, Jonathan Brooks, is a senior economist at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where he has led reviews of agricultural policies in Brazil and Chile.

More than half of the courses this spring are taught only in Bologna. The 40 courses do not include the eight languages offered in Bologna: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

Buon appetito.

Nelson Graves

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

These all sound incredible!