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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Regional Emphasis on Africa

Regional Emphases


Since 2000 a number of targeted initiatives that bridge class work and community work in Africa have been initiated. These have featured Josef Korbel School students and professors in collaboration with professionals based at home and abroad. Partnering organizations have included Africa Today Associates, Project Education Sudan, Rotary International, and LIONS (Leadership Institute Of New Sudan). Josef Korbel School's Students for Africa group sponsors a wide range of seminars, film screenings, and community outreach activities.  The student-run Center On Rights Development (CORD) regularly features the intersection of African and human rights themes, including those analyzing human trafficking. Others work with African immigrants and refugees close to home, in metro Denver. These include students who have served as interns at (e.g.) the African Community Center, the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center, and Lutheran Refugee Services.

Students are encouraged to engage in important work inside and outside the classroom. For example, six students during 2009/2010 authored papers on the challenges of peace building in six African nations; their efforts were funded by the Carnegie Foundation through a project sponsored by Prof. Tim Sisk. During the same period, another student served as an intern with Gen. Scott Gration, President Obama's special envoy to Sudan.  Four students worked in Kibera, Kenya (under the advisement of Professors Randall Kuhn and Peter Van Arsdale, plus faculty in other departments), to enhance the sanitation capacity of Africa's largest slum. During 2009/2010, approximately a dozen students (including undergraduates) worked in Africa through internship, study abroad, and applied research assignments.

Writ large, themes of importance to those at Josef Korbel School working with African issues currently include genocide (e.g., in Sudan), food security (e.g., in Ethiopia), refugee and IDP resettlement (e.g., in Rwanda), extractive industries (e.g., in Democratic Republic of Congo), alternative peace building strategies (e.g., in South Africa), military relations (e.g., in Djibouti), child soldiering (e.g., in Sierra Leone), and disability rights (e.g., in Uganda).


Student groups and initiatives

Course offerings with substantial African content

  • INTS 4601: Development Forecasting
  • INTS 4602: Human Rights, Needs, and Duties
  • INTS 4603: Sustainable Development
  • INTS 4606: Global Health
  • INTS 4612: Community Health
  • INTS 4611: Relief to Development Gap
  • INTS 4616: Ethics, Education, and Change
  • INTS 4617: Youth Development
  • INTS 4368: HIV/AIDS in international affairs
  • INTS 4468: Politics of development
  • INTS 4493: Humanitarian aid in complex emergencies
  • INTS 4594/95: Civil wars and international responses
  • INTS 4705: Democratization in Africa
  • INTS 4711: Politics of democracy and development
  • INTS 4935: International humanitarian law of armed conflict
  • INTS 4936: International law and human rights
  • INTS 4937: Human rights and the international refugee system
  • INTS 4955: Human rights practicum
  • INTS 4966: Applied field methods
  • INTS 4939: Human rights: genocide
  • INTS 4987: Contemporary slavery/human trafficking
  • INTS 4991: Independent study (whereby students can work with an advisor and focus on an issue/issues in a specific region of the world)

Denver - Africa related resources