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International Affairs courses and other University at Albany courses that meet Master of International Affairs elective requirements

International Affairs Courses

Fall 2017 | Spring 2018 | Fall 2018

Core Courses

RINT 501 Global Governance (4 Credits)
This course examines the organization of world politics in the context of globalization and provides an overview of international organizations, such as the United Nations, and regional organizations, such as the European Union.  The course reviews the historical evolution of the international system and the basic concepts of international relations. It then examines international cooperation beyond the confines of formal organizational structures with particular emphasis on international regimes, institutions and norms that govern state practices in particular issue areas—from trade and weapons proliferation to the environment and refugees.  The course also examines transnational relations of non-state actors such as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and multinational corporations as well as transgovernmental relations of sub-national governments and government agencies that shape policymaking at a global level. 

RINT 502 Economics for Global Affairs (4 Credits)
This course provides an introduction to microeconomics and macro-economics as well as the principles, policies, and practices of international trade and finance that are fundamental for understanding international economic relations and the global economy. This course is designed for students without an economics background. Students who pass a microeconomics and macro-economics placement examination may take a more advanced economics course as a substitute. Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in RINT 503 Quantitative Approaches to International Affairs.

RINT 503 Quantitative Approaches to International Affairs (4 Credits)
Introduction to computer-based tools for planning, policy analysis, and decision-making. Topics include evaluating the quality of data for decision making, database construction and information management, administrative and policy models in spreadsheets, project monitoring and evaluation, performance measurement. Emphasis is placed on summarizing information meaningfully for policy makers and different stakeholders.

RINT 505 Global Security (4 credits)
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and issues of security in the contemporary world.  After briefly reviewing the historical development of war, the course examines deterrence, alliances, collective security, conventional war, and the nuclear revolution. The course then analyzes emerging transnational threats such as terrorism, the challenges of the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, the tensions between economic globalization and the imperatives of homeland security and the technological changes giving rise to new weaponry such as military robotics as well as the prospects of cyber warfare.

RINT 506 International and Comparative Public Management (4 Credits)
This course focuses on tensions and trade-offs between important values in public administration and the institutional foundations of public service in cross-national political, bureaucratic, and legal settings.   It examines management within the administrative structures, international organizations and agencies of the UN system and the foreign ministries of UN member states as well as functional agencies of national governments and sub-national governments (e.g. provinces and cities) engaged in trans-governmental relations. Major topics include dimensions of the public sector, characteristics of institutional settings, environmental context, and functions, roles, behaviors, and structures.

RINT 507 Statistics for International Affairs Managers and Policy Analysts (4 Credits)
Introduction to the statistical methods that are commonly used by international affairs professionals. This course will help students understand the findings of academic and policy research that relies on quantitative methods and present the findings of their own analysis of real-world data using regression analysis and other statistical methods.


RINT 511 International Law (4 credits)
This course is an introduction to international public law in its political context.  It examines the role of law in the functioning of the international system of states, including operation of international organizations and activities of non-state actors and individuals.  It also includes an examination of the theory, development, and practice of international law, the interplay between law and politics, and the content and process of international legislation and authoritative decisions.  It will introduce students to the International Court of Justice, the international law governing the use of force, the laws of war (international humanitarian law or the law of armed conflict), and the development of international criminal courts.

RINT 512 Human Rights (4 credits)
This course examines the legal, political, and social dimensions of the modern human rights movement and its implications for international affairs. It provides both an introduction to basic human rights philosophy, principles, instruments, and institutions, and an overview of several current issues and debates in the field. The course also seeks to analyze the ways in which allegations of human rights violations are dealt with and to expose some of the limitations in the architecture of the international system. Case studies will be used to illustrate contemporary debates regarding hierarchy among rights, conflicts between individual rights and societal priorities, human rights in single-party states, rights and transitions to democracy, amnesty for human rights violations, and the linkage between human rights and other national interests. 

RINT 513 Global Environment: Politics and Policy (4 credits)
This course examines the theory and practice of international environmental politics. It examines pollution prevention through regulation and public works, the development of institutional mechanisms, and how political systems respond to environmental crises. Particular focus on the problem of the global commons (e.g., greenhouse gases and global climate change, ozone depletion, global fisheries and seabed resource extraction) as well as factors that contribute or impede the creation and implementation of effective international environmental policy.

RINT 504 International Economics (4 Credits) 
This course introduces students to the principles, policies, and practices of international trade and finance that are fundamental for understanding international economic relations and the global economy. The course will also examine microeconomic applications in political economic analysis of international trade and finance. Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in RINT 503 Quantitative Approaches to International Affairs; completion or placing out of RINT 502 Economics for Global Affairs.

RINT 521 International Trade Policy (4 credits)
This course develops the theoretical foundations of international trade and applies this knowledge to problems in trade policy.  For example, tariffs and other policy restrictions on trade are evaluated with respect to their impacts on employment, prices, income distribution and national economic welfare. Institutional frameworks examined include the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as regional frameworks, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Issues to be considered include protectionism, "fair" and "unfair" trade, trade in services, intellectual property rights.

RINT 522 International Finance and Monetary Policy (4 credits)
This course examines concepts of international finance and the principles governing the functioning of the international monetary system, including its institutional framework through the examination of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the G-8 and G-20, as well as regional institutions such as the European Central Bank (ECB). Among the topics examined are the structure, operation, and stability of foreign exchange markets, the causes and consequences of international accounts disequilibria, the mechanisms of balance of payments adjustment, the merits of different exchange rate regimes, financial crises, the effects of international capital mobility on trade, growth, and employment, and the problem of international policy coordination.

RINT 523 International Development Policy (4 credits)
This course introduces the main principles of economics of development and provides students with an appreciation for the problems and constraints that poor or less developed countries (LDCs) face. It presents economic frameworks that facilitate analysis of these problems and the generation of relevant policy recommendations as well as country- and issue-specific contexts within which students can apply the knowledge they acquire during the course.

RINT 531 Government Information Strategy and Management: Comparative and International (4 credits)
This course introduces the interaction of policy, management, and information technology in the design, operation, and evaluation of government operations and public services. It relies heavily on cross-national and international organization case studies to illustrate how these domains play out in multiple settings and across all sectors—public, private, and not-for-profit.

RINT 532 Public Finance: Comparative and International (4 credits)
This course focuses on teaching students how to use financial information to make decisions in public and not-for-profit organizations in cross-national settings as well as within international governmental organizations such as UN agencies.  The course focuses on developing, implementing and controlling agency financial plans and covers an introduction to financial management, the development of operating budgets, tools for short-term decision-making, capital-budgeting decisions, and the analysis of long-term financial options.  The course then focuses on summarizing, reporting on and analyzing an organization's financial position and the results of its operations.

RINT 533 Global Non-profit Management (4 credits)
This course explores the critical tasks associated with managing international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working primarily in the international development, humanitarian assistance and human rights domains. It will examine internal operational efficiency, strategic management, program performance, and sustainability of NGOs, and introduce a set of analytic and management tools. Features of NGO management are compared and contrasted with the public and private sectors and issues such as funding, scale of operations, accountability, local participation, comparative advantage, and effectiveness. It analyzes NGOs' roles as project implementers, technical assistance providers, intermediaries, partners, and advocates.

RINT 541 Homeland Security in Comparative and International Perspective (Elective; 4 Credits)
This course introduces students to the concepts, institutions and policy issues of security as they relate to the administrative practices of interior and home ministries around the world.  The course examines the following topics: counterterrorism; intelligence gathering and information sharing; governmental reorganization; border security and immigration; transportation, trade and port security; cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection; all-hazards prevention, preparedness and response.  The course also examines how countries have responded to terrorist attacks and security threats by engaging in international cooperation on travel, border, trade and cyber security.

RINT 542 Intelligence and National Security Policymaking (Elective 4 credits)
This seminar examines the role of intelligence in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy in the United States.  Through critical analysis and case studies, students will develop techniques to increase intelligence's contribution to policy deliberations.  The course will assess the most appropriate role for national intelligence agencies and the international intelligence community in supporting executive branch processes, including such aspects as key players and institutional bias.  Much of the course is devoted to a series of mock intelligence and policy meetings on international crises to critically analyze intelligence agencies' proper role in supporting the policy process.

RINT 543 Political Violence, Insurgency and Terrorism (Elective; 4 credits)
This course examines the relationships among, and differences between, the following activities in the international political system: political violence, insurgency, and terrorism. The course will include a consideration of the causes of these activities, their effects on national and international politics, and an evaluation of governmental responses to them.

RINT 597 Capstone Project (4 Credits)
The capstone project provides students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned in a professional context.  Individual or groups of students supervised by faculty will work on project for an organization during their final semester in the program. 

RINT 598 Career Experience (0 Credits)
The career experience requirement may be met either by providing documentation of two years' entry level professional administrative experience in the private, public or non-profit sectors, concurrent full-time employment in a private, public, nonprofit, or related organization, or by obtaining placement in an internship (0 credits).

RINT 599 Professional Development Module (0 Credits)
The objectives of this module are threefold: to increase student insight into personal and professional development needs and heighten awareness of career opportunities; to provide a forum for the dissemination of information on employment trends; and, to refine resume writing, interviewing, and job search skills.

Additional courses that meet elective requirements

The following University at Albany graduate courses may be applied to fulfill elective requirements of the Master of International Affairs Degree. For some of these courses, International Affairs students may be required to meet course prerequisites and/or receive instructor permission as indicated in the Graduate Bulletin. Other University at Albany courses with international content may be applied to the elective requirement with the MIA program director’s permission.

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Department of Political Science 

  • RPOS 549 The Welfare State
  • RPOS 552 Comparative Communist and Post-Communist Systems
  • RPOS 553 Politics in Developing Countries
  • RPOS 555 Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management and Policy
  • RPOS 561 Nationalism and Nation-Building
  • RPOS 563 Government and Politics in the People's Republic of China
  • RPOS 567 Contentious Politics
  • RPOS 571 International Political Economy
  • RPOS 572 Comparative Foreign Economic Policy
  • RPOS 581 Comparative Defense Policy
  • RPOS 584 American Foreign Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • RPOS 585 Information Technology and Homeland Security
  • RPOS 605 Politics of Migration and Membership
  • RPOS 663 Comparative Policy Systems

Department of Public Administration and Policy

  • RPAD 501 Public and Nonprofit Financial Managemen
  • RPAD 502 Human Resources Development
  • RPAD 506 Foundations of Public Management
  • PRAD 510 Introduction to Legislative Administration
  • RPAD 512 Non-Profit Fundraising & Development Fundamentals
  • RPAD 515 Implementation and Impact
  • RPAD 516 Introduction to Health Policy and Politics
  • RPAD 521 Issues and Practices in Program Evaluation
  • RPAD 532 Contracting and Performance Measurement in Government
  • RPAD 545 Principles and Practices of Cyber Security
  • RPAD 546 Homeland Security Risk Analysis and Risk Management
  • RPAD 550 Foundations of Government Information Strategy and Management
  • RPAD 553 Topics in Homeland Security and Terrorism
  • RPAD 556 Homeland Security Intelligence
  • RPAD 557 Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security
  • RPAD 559 Homeland Security: Building Preparedness Capabilities
  • RPAD 563 Planning for Jobs, Housing and Community Services in Third World Cities
  • RPAD 564 Ethics in Public Administration
  • RPAD 567 Local Economic Development Strategies and Techniques
  • RPAD 569 Cyber Threats and Intelligence
  • RPAD 571 Military Forces in Support of Civil Authorities
  • RPAD 586 Health and Human Rights: an Interdisciplinary Approach
  • RPAD 653 Public Health Politics and Policy: Domestic and Global Perspectives

College of Arts and Sciences


  • HIS 555 The Diplomacy of Global Conflict, 1890-1945
  • HIS 556 The Diplomacy of the Nuclear Age


  • ECO 545 International Trade
  • ECO 546 International Finance

Africana Studies

  • AAS 520 Problems of African Economics

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

  • LCS 503 Latin American and Caribbean Cultures and Societies II
  • LCS 504 Seminar: Latin America
  • LCS 505 Seminar: The Caribbean


  • SOC 666 Selected Topics in Sociology: Immigration in a Global Era

School of Criminal Justice

  • CRJ 641 Comparative Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 648 Terrorism, Public Security, and Law Enforcement

School of Public Health

  • HPM 645 Global Health
  • HPM 570 International Health Economics
  • HPM 656 Comparative Health Systems: A Global Perspective

School of Social Welfare

  • SSW 782 International Social Welfare Policy
  • SSW 786 Policy and Practice of International Development