Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Weekend Workshops

Development Practice and Policy

Leading Capacity Development (2 credits)

October 6-8, 2017 & October 27-29, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
Organizational capacity development is considered a cornerstone of all sustainable development strategies. It entails enabling major development actors (e.g., civil society organizations, government entities, networks, and partnerships) to acquire and act on new knowledge and skills as well as to adopt new forms of interaction and reflection.

Systems Thinking (1 credit)

September 8-10, 2017 & September 22, 2017
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This workshop focuses on the importance of systemic thinking for social change, with an emphasis on methodological use and management implications of systems thinking and practice for social change organizations (SCOs). We will explore core systems thinking concepts—e.g. relationships, emergence, layers, coordination and communication, feedback, worldviews / system philosophies, complexity and chaos, etc.—to help answer the core question:“How can systems thinking and practice (i.e. use of methodology) support organizations to effectively develop and apply capacities, processes, and systems to contribute to emergent social change in complex development environments?”

Fieldwork and Reporting (2 credits)

November 3-5, 2017 & November 10-12, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
Today, students of almost every social science discipline (conflict studies, development, security studies, and related disciplines), engage in research that involves gathering information from primary sources. Primary data is what transforms research from an abstract state to a more ‘real’ relevant body of knowledge. For the research-cum-practice student seeking to get their hands dirty - to experience first hand the realities that inform theories and concepts - the need to prepare for fieldwork has become a must. How does one conduct oneself when on the ground? How does one represent themselves to people who in effect are sources of data?

Survey Design (1 credit)

September 8-10, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
This course focuses on the various ways that surveys can be used to collect necessary information for program design, development, and assessment. The course will begin with a discussion of the research process (establishing an area of interest, conducting a literature review, developing research questions, selecting an appropriate research design, data collection, data analysis, sharing of findings, building an argument, identifying implications). After a consideration of the possibilities and limitations associated with surveys, we will discuss the macro- and micro-level details of survey design (organization, question order, question types, word choice) and analysis (qualitative, quantitative).

Intercultural Competence

Power Identities Intercultural Contexts (2 credits)

September 22-24, 2017 & October 6-8, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
Power and privilege are relative. Individuals hold multiple, complex, and crosscutting identities and group memberships that confer relative privilege or disadvantage differently in different contexts (Collins, 1990). Derald Wing Sue posits that identity is not simply additive but multiplicative (Wing, 2003). To grow as competent global leaders, those preparing for or in careers that cross cultures, will benefit from a deep understanding of multiplicative identities and how power is negotiated within and without the boundaries of those identities.

Trust Across Cultures (2 credits)

November 4-5 & 11-12, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
The desire for trust is a constant across cultures. In any setting, a person must know how to create a trusting environment to increase creativity, productivity, and morale. The decision to trust is influenced by one’s cultural norms, values, and other life experiences which in turn, impact how people behave in organizations or groups.

Intercultural Group Dynamics (2 credits)

September 15-17, & 27-29, 2017
Meeting Times - TBA | Course Description - TBA
Why do global & multicultural teams struggle and most often fail? Why does performance drop once the honeymoon of team development/team formation is over? What are the factors of successful culturally competent and diverse teams? What leadership style is appropriate when managing/leading globally diverse teams?

Develop Intercultural Training in Organizations (2 credits)

October 13-15, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
The workshop is a comprehensive, hands-on introduction on how to design intercultural training programs and gain the knowledge needed to design and deliver cross-cultural awareness programs within organizations - whether they are educational, governmental, not-for-profit or for-profit.

Fieldwork and Reporting (2 credits)

November 3-5, 2017 & November 10-12, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
Today, students of almost every social science discipline (conflict studies, development, security studies, and related disciplines), engage in research that involves gathering information from primary sources. Primary data is what transforms research from an abstract state to a more ‘real’ relevant body of knowledge. For the research-cum-practice student seeking to get their hands dirty - to experience first hand the realities that inform theories and concepts - the need to prepare for fieldwork has become a must. How does one conduct oneself when on the ground? How does one represent themselves to people who in effect are sources of data?

International Education Management

Logic Model Framework for IE B (1 credit)

September 29, 30 & October 1, 2017
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International School Management (1 credit)

October 13-15, 2017
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Using team collaboration students will address tasks that allow them to grabble with key questions, data, and concepts directly tied to American and International K-8 or K-12 Schools with an English language curriculum. Areas students will address include, accreditation, curriculum, school governance, grade levels, and the nationalities of teachers, staff, and students. Teams will be assigned a school. Each team will develop an understanding of the country, city, and the culture the school is operating in.

Survey Design (1 credit)

September 8-10, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
This course focuses on the various ways that surveys can be used to collect necessary information for program design, development, and assessment. The course will begin with a discussion of the research process (establishing an area of interest, conducting a literature review, developing research questions, selecting an appropriate research design, data collection, data analysis, sharing of findings, building an argument, identifying implications). After a consideration of the possibilities and limitations associated with surveys, we will discuss the macro- and micro-level details of survey design (organization, question order, question types, word choice) and analysis (qualitative, quantitative).

International Environment Policy

Offered in Spring 2018

International Management

Building & Investing in Social Ventures I (2 credits)

October 14-15 & 21-22, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
This is the introductory course on Building and Investing in Social Enterprises. It is meant to give students an understanding of the current state of the social enterprise and impact investing ecosystem, and to learn about the management of social enterprise and impact investment.

Accounting & Fraud Prevention Small Biz (1 credit)

October 7-8, 2017
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Starting a new business is exciting for entrepreneurs/start-ups. In order to be successful, among other things, entrepreneurs/small business owners must keep scores of their business performance and maintain sufficient cash flows. Preventing losses from fraud is also important as it can adversely affect both profitability and cash flows of the business.

International Policy and Management

Offered in Spring 2018

International Professional Service

Offered in Spring 2018

International Trade & Economic Diplomacy

Offered in Spring 2018 

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Workshop: From Islam to Islamism (1 credit)

September 22-24, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
From Islam to Islamism: Exploring the Link between Ancient Religions and Modern Extremisms. What drives Muslim violence? Is there a link between Islam as an ancient tradition and Islamic extremism as a modern political movement? How should we understand the relationship between the Islamic faith and Islamist violence? In this workshop, we will explore the linkages and disjunctures between Islamic traditions and modern extremist practices.

Workshop: Cyberwar (1 credit)

December 1-3, 2017
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Workshop: Writing and Briefing Memos (2 Credits)

September 16-17 & 30, 2017 & October 1, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
The goal of this workshop is to hone students’ professionally-relevant, policy-oriented communication abilities, including memo writing and briefing. The course will include a combination of lectures, seminar-style discussion, small working group engagement, and individual student work.

Workshop: Islam, Islamism & Policy in Central Asia (2 credits)

September 9-10, 2017 & October 7-8, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
This workshop will examine contemporary jihadism in Central Asia and the evolution of US security policy toward the region. We will review select terrorist organizations in the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Workshop: Geospatial Tools/NP Analysis (2 credits)

October 13-15 & 20-22, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
This course serves to introduce students to the increasingly important role of overhead reconnaissance and imagery analysis in nonproliferation. Students will receive a background in the rise of commercial satellite imagery and its open-source intelligence applications.

Workshop: Intel Surprises & Deception (1 credit)

October 27-29, 2017
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Warning, Surprise, and Deception: Topics in Intelligence Practice and Policy
Since 9/11 the public and even national security experts have demanded a lot of government intelligence services. This workshop uses historical case studies from various countries to introduce the basic concepts of the secret world. Through lectures and role-playing exercises, the instructor seeks to help students develop the skills necessary not only to understand the limits of intelligence-gathering institutions but to make the best use of their product.

Workshop: Pakistan & the Bomb (2 Credits)

November 10-12, 2017
Meeting Times | Course Description
This workshop is designed to provide an understanding of the motivations of a state – in this case, Pakistan – that chooses to develop nuclear weapons despite severe political and economic conditions as means to redress its acute sense of insecurity.

Pakistan’s steadfast attachment to nuclear weapons is a product of its decades-old struggle to improve its precarious security predicament vis-à-vis India; a stronger and increasingly assertive neighbor.