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About the Course

This seminar, intended for students graduating with the PACS Certificate, is taught in the graduate school level. This course is focused on developing students’ skills as researchers, creators, and presenters of information on PACS related issues, particularly preparing them to work in conflict zones and with conflict-affected populations. Learning how to produce empirical research is not just for scholars; its creation and distribution are vital in helping activists, policymakers, humanitarian organizations, artists, and other citizens make informed decisions about the pressing matters facing our world. Our work over the semester is directed toward helping students develop their talents through the design, implementation, and presentation of an independent, pilot research project. We will discuss the research process as it pertains to the field of PACS, including ethical concerns, topic formation, research methodologies, data collection strategies, as well as how to present findings. We will explore the differences and commonalities between knowledge manufactured for policymakers, academicians, and the public.  Additionally, we will practice various methods of data collection and analysis techniques, specifically focusing on interviews, surveys, and secondary sources.

Completion of PACS 2500, 3700, 3850, or 3860 is a prerequisite for enrollment in PACS 4500. Students are encouraged to have also completed their PACS electives before taking this course.


PACS 4500 Syllabus

Class Attributes

  • This course counts for Arts & Sciences General Education: Distribution-Social Sciences

  • This course is required for students to complete the PACS Certificate unless a substitution is approved by the PACS Associate Director

  • This course fulfills the senior seminar requirement for International Affiars Majors also enrolled in the PACS Certificate


  • This course is offered in person fall term.