International Relations is the study of interactions, the operation, and evolution of various international systems. The core of international relations is in political science and history, in connections with philosophy, law, geography, sociology, anthropology, psychology and other disciplines. Middle school students must become “citizens of the world,” by understanding how other people perceive the world, and establishing connections among these differences. Led by a Northeastern University professor, the course encourages students to think profoundly about global issues through researching on international relations.
Teacher F — Northeastern University Professor
- Currently teaching at Northeastern University and Massachusetts Bay Community College, has taught at Tufts University, Brandeis University, Rhodes University, and other universities;
- Has published books and research papers, his research focus includes economy, microfinance, political economy, democratization in Latin America and behavioral economics, etc.,
- A member of the American Political Association, the American Economic Association, International Research Association, and has extensive corporate work experience with a well-known financial consulting company;
- Holds a doctorate and master’s degree in political science from Northeastern University, and a master’s degree in international economics and finance from Brandeis University.
Group courses will introduce commonly used methods in social science research. Students will learn new concepts, research methods, and applications of research and evaluation; learn how to analyze research critically; and propose an appropriate research project to illustrate important issues. One-to-one courses will help students write a research paper on a topic of interest.
Students will learn research methods and structures, how to use theoretical frameworks, develop research questions, and the correct APA citation format.
After completing this course, students will have an 8-15 page research paper, receive a recommendation letter from the teacher, and a certificate of completion from Aralia Education.
- Completed an original 15-page research paper.
- Developed an original intellectual position, effectively defined and argued it.
- One recommendation letter from the teacher.
- 1 final academic report from the teacher.
- 1 Aralia Research Program Certificate.
- What are trade wars and who do they benefit?
- You have been asked to write a series of papers for the National Security Council (NSC) covering two important issue areas: human rights and the environment. Topics you will cover include but are not limited to: the rights of women, the rights of children, human trafficking, child soldiers, protection of speech and political activities (for example Russia, Turkey, China), protection from discrimination based upon ethnicity, race or religion, clean air, global warming, and access to sufficient and clean water, refugee policy, immigration policy. You will use a case study other than from the United States.
- What is globalization? How do we measure it? What have been some pros and cons of globalization?
- What is the best approach to reduce corruption in the government? Using Transparency International data, choose a country and write a report of the situation along with your policy recommendations
- Democracy vs Authoritarian regimes. Based on the work from Freedom House, how democratic is the world today? What does Internet Freedom mean? What is the projection that you expect to see in the world in the next 5 years?
- Is Twitter censoring Donald Trump? What is free speech? What would you recommend to the leaders of Twitter and Facebook to do?
Overview of the course syllabus
Basics of Research
Roadmap of the project
Purpose of Study
Identifying a problem of practice selection of the research topic
Establishing rationale and significance
Research problems and questions
Choosing a theoretical framework to guide your study
Rationale and application of the theoretical framework to research
How to Conduct a Literature review
Primary and secondary sources
Acceptable sources for academic research
Proper APA Citations for academic research
Qualitative Analysis and Quantitative Analysis
Data Collection Methods and Protocols
Surveys, Questionnaires, Interviews, Case Studies
Analysis and Coding
Small N- and large N-analysis
Identifying Themes and Future Research Opportunities
High school students who are interested in the field of international relations and want to do related research
After each class, the teacher will send course feedback, including course topics, homework and student progress.
15 hours of classes, including 9 hours of group classes (90 minutes/class/week), and 6 hours of one-on-one classes (60 minutes/class, scheduled after group sessions are completed)