Take a Look at the GLOA 450 Special Topics courses offered for Spring 2018!


 GLOA 450-001/599-001: Globalization and Development in the Middle East & North Africa

Prof. Néjib Ayachi



CRN: 15226/15527


This seminar will survey and compare the nature and outcome of economic models and development strategies adopted in the Middle East and North Africa since the end of World War II, with a focus on recent adjustments and reforms triggered by globalization, while assessing the various challenges facing the region in terms of demographic and environmental pressures, inclusive economic growth and job creation, and their relationship to the Arab Spring uprisings. It will explore the interconnection between political and economic history, Islam, the legacies of colonialism, systems of governance, and the role of international organizations on economic policy and development choices, as well as the dramatic impacts of demographic and social transformations.

The class is taught in seminar format, where participation and attendance are essential to learning.



GLOA 450-004: Diplomatic Simulations

Professor Sonja Taylor



CRN: 21218


Are you planning on becoming a Foreign Service Officer? Or do you want to have more confident in class presentations, job interviews, and throughout your career?  If so, this interactive class can help you learn how to present and negotiate complex issues facing our world today with confidence! Sharpen the skill of active listening, applying data to support outcomes, compromising, and proposing and agreeing upon viable solutions to all parties.

Classes are based on simulations, including those designed by George Mason University for the U.S. 

Department of State's Diplomacy Center, through role playing, using both oral and written communication skills, to practice the skills of diplomacy. Students work individually and in small groups, depending on the simulation, to integrate theory and practice into class activities and assignments from a variety of stakeholders positions.