The RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) courses highlight different dimensions of conflict transformation and development.
POLS-445: Terrorism and Political Violence (3 credits/45 class hours)
- This course explores the definitions, causes, methods and tactics of violence and terrorism as distinct tools in politics and policy. It will cover state and non-state terrorist actors; underlying values of terrorist movements; individual motivations to join such groups; organization and management of terrorist operations; and counter-terrorism strategies that have been employed against domestic, foreign, regional and global terrorist groups.
ECON-448: Development Economics (3 credits/45 class hours)
- The course deals with the economic and social development in post-conflict societies with a special focus on the Balkans. It will focus on the problems and challenges typically faced in developing and post-conflict countries, by exploring specific issues associated with economic development at the end of wars, historical causes of development gap between developed and underdeveloped countries, and the theories and the policies aimed at accelerating the rate of growth in LDCs. It also addresses the role of international organizations in the economic development of LDCs and post-conflict societies. It will survey the extensive literature and experience on modeling economic growth through relevant case studies from developing and post-conflict countries.
POLS 542: War, Diplomacy & State Building (3 credits/45 class hours)
- The first portion of this course will discuss the conflicts and international peace-keeping efforts that arose as a result of the disintegration of Socialist Yugoslavia and the USSR. Taught by a former US diplomat who participated in many of these events it will focus on the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Chechnya, and Nagorno-Karabakh. It will then turn to subsequent efforts to build sustainable institutions in Kosovo and other governments in the Balkans. It will consider the role of domestic and international actors, such as NATO, the US Government, the UN, OSCE and others. Students will have an opportunity to participate in role-playing exercises during the course.
POLS 541: Peace Keeping & Conflict Transformation (3 credits/45 class hours)
- The goal of this course is to prepare students who may pursue work in the field of stabilization, reconstruction and for the complexities of the transition from war to peace where the political, security, rule of law and economic elements are complex and interdependent. Each week of the course will tackle these cross cutting themes through the lens of Kosovo from 1999 – 2008. Using examples drawn from their work in KFOR, UNMIK, CivPol, local civil society and local business the instructors and speakers will focus on practical skills, strategies and frameworks that can be applied to other conflicts and other missions. The course will be team taught by a group of three experts, and will be augmented by outside speakers drawn from the Kosovo community and other outside experts with experience working in Kosovo.
POLS-330 Human Rights in Global Perspective (3 credits/45 class hours)
- This course explores the theoretical meaning, both domestically and internationally, and the institutional and political aspects of human rights. Issues covered include the definition of human rights; the relationship between civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights; the meaning and impact of humanitarian and international human rights law; the impact of cultural relativism in the definition and assessment of the promotion and protection of human rights; the significance of different religious perspectives; the question of the legitimacy of humanitarian interventions and the effects of globalization on human rights perceptions and practices.
ENGL 210: Literature, Culture and Media: Graphic Novels of the Balkans – 3 credits
- Students will study literary and cultural texts selected from traditional literature to contemporary media and culture (including mythology, poetry, plays, novels, film, graphic novels, television, and digital literature). Students will analyze these texts from a variety of perspectives and become familiar with the history of debates about literature and/or culture as arenas of human experience. In this special topics course as part of the Kosovo Summer Peace and Conflict program the focus will be on several nonfiction graphic novels that explore modern Balkan culture and politics, including diverse coverage of and commentary on the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s.The course is appropriate for students studying humanities including English, history, literature, comics studies, digital humanities, political science, and languages, as well as those pursuing degrees in numerous visual arts and studio arts such as drawing and illustration.
Social Issues Through Dance (Noncredit)
- In this course we explore various current events and historical, social, and political issues through the powerful potential of dance. Participants will create & perform choreography in post-conflict locations under the guidance of some of Kosovo’s best dancers, choreographers, & teachers. They will study choreography, ballet, modern, somatics (yoga/pilates), contemporary, partnering, improvisation, & composition. These activities will lead participants to explore social issues, including inequalities, reconciliation and building peaceful and tolerant communities following conflicts. They will deliver a final professional performance on aspects of peace & conflict at the end of the program. Each dancer will receive individualized attention and be given the time and structure to develop their artistry. They will be working under the direction of some principal dancers of the Kosovo National Ballet and award winning international choreographers.
AS 220 UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
- This course is a survey of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and systems, emphasizing the military and commercial history, growth and applications of UAVs. Course will include basic acquisition, use and operation of UAVs with an emphasis on operations.
Basic Course in Albanian Language (15 class hours, non-credit)
Note: cancellation of courses will depend on the number of registered students
Internships: The RIT-K Peace and Conflict Summer Program is exploring the opportunity for a few participants to complete a short, intensive internship at the end of the program. These innovative internships with an international development project, an agency of the Kosovo government or an international mission will give the participants some valuable experience in a field related to the summer program. Interested candidates for internships can address any questions to the summer program staff.