This graduate seminar provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical tools and skills necessary to successfully manage nonprofit organizations. This course begins with a historical overview of the nonprofit sector and demonstrates its complex structure. The course then explores various aspects of nonprofit management such as organizational creation, strategic planning, performance evaluation, board governance, executive leadership, human resources, finance, advocacy, and collaboration. Students will learn to analyze and assess best practices in non-profit management, compare and contrast how similar management concepts are applied to non-profit and for-profit setting, and learn to appreciate current controversies and areas of debate.

This course aims to introduce the tools, approaches and institutions that govern political decision-making in environmental conservation and natural resource management. The course starts with an overview of global environmental issues of concern to all humanity and their impact on people’s life. Students further explore the international and national policy frameworks that focus on environmental issues and zero in on their solutions. Students learn about the history of environmental policy and politics in the US, Europe (and particularly the EU), former Soviet Union and post-Soviet space; emergence and evolution of green parties, social movements and groups. Armenia’s international obligations in the environmental sector are presented to students.