Available courses

The course highlights and discusses the practical chemical world of human beings and the chemical nature of everyday processes. The role of chemistry in necessities of daily life such as the chemistry of life, agriculture, food, healthcare, clothing, housing and household goods (e.g., toys and furniture), transport and communications will be discussed. In addition the course will introduce various applications of chemistry in the area of arts, crime and law enforcement, consumer products, cosmetics and warfare. As a science-based, quantitative course, the course will teach students the methods of scientific inquiry, including experimental design and chemical analytical methods, data generation and analysis, and presentation of the final results.

This course aims to build knowledge regarding the interrelationship between the nine organ systems responsible for the healthy functioning of the human body. Analysis will encompass from cells and tissues to the entire organism, underpinning the role of major structures supporting physiological processes. Important diseases will be discussed, including their causes and consequences as examples of disturbed homeostasis and dysfunction of human body systems.  Instructor-led discussion, along with reading, written, and practical assignments.

Without adequate supply of freshwater our economies will not function and our health will not be secured. Human overuse and pollution of freshwater can also cause political conflict as well as damage ecosystems. This course will examine water from various perspectives including ecological, human health, resource stewardship, economic, and legal/political. Specific topics to be covered include water supply and use in manufacturing, mining, energy, agriculture and domestic life; potential for resource efficiency and optimization; water quality and types of water pollution, methods of testing and monitoring water quality and conditions of freshwater ecosystems; water purification and waste water treatment; water planning and management tools/models including those for watersheds, surface, and ground water resources; new technologies, such as desalination, to access freshwater; and international and national laws on water.

Welcome to ENV 203: Environmental Monitoring

The course is to present general procedures, methods, theories and techniques in the monitoring programs for different environments. Environmental contamination in air, water and wastewater, soils, and food will be discussed with the emphasis on instrument selection and quality control, including documentation, calibration, and sample management. As a science-based, quantitative course, the course will teach students the methods of scientific inquiry, including planning and designing monitoring, biological and physical-chemical analytical methods, data generation and analysis, and effective presentation of the final results. Instructor-led discussion, along with reading, written, and practical assignments.

What is the relationship between religion and politics? This course examines the meanings of and interactions between, religion and politics in comparative politics and international relations. Contrary to theories about toward secularization recent developments underscore the important role religion continues to play in world politics. In many countries religious beliefs, practices and institutions shape individual values, social organizations, state institutions and international. The course will examine trends and theories on the of religion in public life, in state and global politics, including separation of church and state (i.e., state secularism); nationalism and religion; war and peace; non-discrimination, and gender issues. Issues of religion, church and state in Armenia will also be discussed in the context of global developments. Assessment will include tests, essays, and presentations.

National taxation plays an important role in the public and economic policy of any country, serving many ends: economic, social, political, moral to name a few. However, in light of increasing cross-border mobility of goods, services, capital and labor, taxes became a crucial tool for international policy and economic competition. This course is an introduction to international aspects of taxation with particular focus on tax competition, double taxation treaties, transfer pricing. The course will also examine how the tax system of Armenia is facing the challenges posed by the rapidly integrating global economy. The Armenian perspective on each of the major topics discussed will be presented throughout the course.

This course focuses on school/classroom-based assessment. It provides the latest information on the theoretical principles of language testing and assessment and discusses the implementation of the principles in real life practices. The primary focus of the course is on language assessment in classroom context. In addition, the course provides learners with knowledge and skills required for critically examining the existing tests and selecting or developing appropriate tests for their own academic context.

In this course, students will implement their capstone projects, which depending on the project, may include data collection and analysis, development and piloting of materials. In the process, they will have a few face-to-face class sessions, meet with their Capstone Committee or adviser on a regular basis, and write an MA Thesis or MA Design Project. In addition to the written work, students will present their final capstone publicly. The course does not meet face-to-face on a regular basis.

This course introduces students to theoretical principles and current practices of teaching and assessing learners of English starting from preschool until teenage years. The course also covers fundamentals of bi- and multi-lingual education. Practical course assignments include observations, material development, and teaching. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.

This course explores the various theories that scholars and researchers have put forward concerning second language acquisition, or how people learn languages.  Since it is language learning that is being examined, it is important to understand what language is.  Linguistics explores this question, and hence, this course draws to some extent on insights from linguistics.  In addition, as people and learning have both social and psychological dimensions, the course also draws on insights from sociology and psychology.  In other words, SLA is an inter-disciplinary subject that draws on all three disciplines, as well as the sub-disciplines and research areas that inter-relate them. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.

How would you describe a region? Which countries and actors are in and which are out? Why is it important? The course seeks to answer these questions by providing insights into existing and emerging dynamics of the Caucasian region. Features of political cultures, traditions of statehood and key domestic developments in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Georgia, as well as foreign policy priorities and interests of Russia, EU, USA will be discussed. The course will also reflect upon Armenia’s relations with these countries. It will also discuss different geopolitical interests pursued by major global stakeholders. The course consists of lectures, discussions and presentations.

This is an introductory course that will examine the history and recent developments in development of the discipline of public administration, mostly drawing from the US experience and American (management- and politics-based) understanding of the discipline. The course will also address characteristics of public administration in different countries, including Armenia. By the end of the class, you should be able to write a theoretically informed discussion/argument on issues and developments in public management, make an oral presentation of your argument and debate its merits, and evaluate the techniques of presentation and arguments advanced by other students during their presentations.

This course addresses a number of security policy related questions, including a) how national security decisions are made; b) strategic planning and implementation of security policies on the executive and legislative levels; c) implications of globalization and human rights on national security related issues; d) interdependence of foreign, defense, intelligence and security policies. The course will also reflect upon Armenia’s experience in national security policy planning and implementation. The course will be taught at 608M. The course is composed of lectures, discussions and presentations. Reading materials will be available both in electronic and hard-copy versions.