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Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects

The Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects are academic courses that have an experiential learning project component. These project-based courses are offered within specific academic fields where students apply the skills they have learned to real-world problems and scenarios in partnership with international organizations and IAU community partners.  The course focuses on both the theoretical and experiential realms of course topics, in a variety of disciplines, enabling students to develop skills, knowledge, and values from practical experiences and ongoing reflection. Practicum courses can involve research, social impact initiatives, and community-based learning activities, theatre, art, or project-based work, which is related to the course material. 


IAU is proud to offer Virtual Social Impact Practicums: Experiential Learning Projects (3-credit courses) listed below.

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All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Course offerings are subject to change.


LEA 305: LEADING CHANGE IN A GLOBAL WORLD - The primary objective of this course is to learn a method for assessing your knowledge, abilities, values, and interests relevant to leadership so that you will be able to develop and implement a plan for enhancing your leadership throughout your career and life. The enabling objectives are: (a) To systematically identify your current and desired capability (i.e., knowledge, abilities, values, and interests); (b) To develop an individualized learning agenda and plan for the next 3-5 years; and (c) To explore techniques to assist others in doing the same. This course will explore questions that will impact students' professional lives, such as: Who are effective leaders? How are they different than managers? How do they think and act? What makes us want to follow them? How are leaders developed? How can people help others become effective leaders? What type of leader do I want to be? And, what can I do to become that type of leader?


IR 305: Contemporary US Diplomacy in an Age of Change: From 9/11 to COVID-19 - The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined that modern diplomacy is conducted in a world of rapidly evolving and interconnected global challenges: the spreading dangers of weapons of mass destruction; new and more malignant forms of terrorism; regional and sectarian conflicts; failed and failing states; global economic dislocation; and transnational health, energy and environmental concerns. This social impact practicum will explore contemporary U.S. foreign policy and the challenges that face its practitioners. It will also examine how U.S. diplomats organize their work in a world where longstanding assumptions about U.S. leadership are questioned from all sides of the domestic political spectrum. Students will explore the context of US diplomacy today through direct discussions with U.S. diplomats (past and present) and analysts located around the world. They will hone essential written and oral communication skills by presenting to U.S. diplomats practical proposals for confronting a current U.S. foreign policy challenge.