The Center for International Science and Technology Policy (CISTP) is a world leader in international public policy research and education in science, technology, and innovation. It hosts visiting scholars from around the world and offers an International Science and Technology Policy M.A. program. Center faculty oversee the coursework and dissertation research of students working in related fields throughout the George Washington University.

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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 courses can be found on this page

Two NEW courses offered in the FALL 2016

Course:  RnwEnergy in DecarbonizingWrld. (Renewable Energy in a Decarbonizing World)
Professor: Nina Kelsey
Description: This course investigates the politics and policy of renewable energy in the context of global climate change. Development of renewable energy is a critical tool in the effort to reduce carbon in the global economy. In this course, students will examine theory and practice of renewable energy policy and policymaking both in the context of international policymaking and comparatively at the national level for key states and regions like the US, China, and the EU. Students will also look at the broader context and implications for renewable energy policy in areas such as global energy systems, international trade, intellectual property, and development and distributional impacts
Course: Applied Qualitative Methods
Professor: Hugh Gusterson
Description: This class introduces students to the main methods of qualitative research: interviewing, taking oral histories, running focus groups, doing surveys, and participant observation. Students will also discuss the ethics of qualitative research, looking at some studies that have been criticized as unethical (the infamous Stanford prison experiment,an undercover study of gay sexual practices, and a deceptive study of undergraduate dorm culture, for example). Students will spend part of the semester conducting their own research projects, which they will present to the class. Students will learn about qualitative research through "how-to" readings, reflective articles by practitioners, guest presentations, and through practicing the techniques we read about.



We are pleased to announce three fellowship opportunities at the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at the Elliott School of International Affairs for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Two pre-doctoral fellowships and one post-doctoral fellowship are available.  The selected fellows will focus on areas in nuclear energy and nuclear security policy.  You can find more information about the process on the application form.