Courses

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.

POLS 542 or POLS 642: 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 or POLS 641: 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.

ECON-448: Development and 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 the 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.

ANTH-345 Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice

  • The destruction and survival of societies often hinges upon the ideas and the social, cultural constructions of identity and belonging. When ideas fail to incorporate people, essentialist categories of identity, historical memory, and accounts of extreme violence become interrelated, potent sources of destruction. Slavery and exclusive ownership of resources leave people starving or living in perilously polluted environments. Globalizing cultural economies threaten local systems and self-representation. Group identities may be sites of crises within nation-states and global political, economic, and cultural processes. In this course, we will take critical, anthropological approaches to studies of ethnocide, genocide, and post-conflict justice. Students will use critical, anthropological approaches to assess ethnocides and genocides from the 19th century forced assimilation and slaughter of Native Americans and Amazonian Indians to more recent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and the Sudan, to understand the impact of globalization on techniques and technologies of genocides, the legal, moral/personal responsibility for genocides, media representations of genocides, and the effects of cultural, historical memory and social, global inequities upon future genocides. Students will use anthropological perspectives on genocide to assess post-conflict concepts of justice, reconstruction and reconciliation and local-global debates about their cultural resonance and effectiveness.

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 Kosovo (A.U.K) Peace and Conflict Summer Program offers the opportunity for participants to complete a short, intensive internship either during or 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 should address questions to the summer program staff.