The Core Seminar examines key concepts in the study of international affairs including: states; anarchy; the balance of power; cooperation; and more. The conceptual, rather than theoretical, approach allows students from all backgrounds to succeed in the class. The class situates the students' internships in the broader study of international affairs by examining the role of NGOS, IGOs, think-tanks, multi-national corporations, and transnational networks in the international system.
In addition to the traditional seminar setting, the class includes: multi-media presentations on the internship organizations; small group discussions with IR practitioners from organizations throughout Manhattan; and the James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series.
The final project is an academic work that emanates from a substantive aspect of the internship and may even serve as an organizing principle around which the student builds the internship. Written work is normally a single essay of 15 – 20 pages or a group of short pieces adding up to a similar length. In the past, the form of the final project has varied, from a piece of writing produced during the internship, to an article for the BGIA journal, BardPolitik, to a film or documentary.
Jonathan Cristol, Director of BGIA, teaches the Core Seminar. Mentors provide additional guidance, introducing students to the responsibilities of the internship, monitoring student performance, and helping to shape the final project (see below for greater details). BGIA is in regular contact with this mentor throughout the semester to insure that the student is performing up to expectations and that the work is of a highly substantive quality.
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