Overview

Think critically about solutions to the world’s greatest problems by examining current conflicts, political relationships, challenges faced by key players and how they operate on the international stage to improve lives.

How do we eliminate widespread issues that cause human suffering? How do we work together to improve humans’ quality of life in a large-scale way? Attempting to find solutions to far-reaching challenges, international relations focus on global political, military, economic and cultural interactions whereas international development focuses on solving global social and economic issues such as inequality and poverty. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of both topics by covering key concepts being addressed, investigating questions and debates as well as teaching students to think critically about the world stage.

This multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared towards students eager to discover their passions, try something new and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Site Visits:
This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

  • A visit to an NGO such as the Organization for International Cooperation
  • An opportunity to interview industry-related professionals
  • A trip to a DC-based think tank
  • A museum or institution that focuses on local history and its connections to the world stage such as Historical Society of Washington DC.

Guest Speakers:
Possible guest speakers on this subject include:

  • Reporters from The New York Times
  • Bilateral and multilateral policy makers
  • NGO staff
  • International Development practitioners

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 23 - July 5

LOCATION Washington, DC

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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