Borders and Security Concerns

Border and Security Concerns

Go beyond the headlines and try your hand at resolving global border conflicts with your fellow Hoyas.

Program Details

A four week online experience including two border conflict simulations, led by Prof. Betsi Stephen (SFS).

September 12 through October 7
September 12 – Opening simulation begins

October 10 – Closing simulation begins

Participate in online discussions, video Q&As with Betsi, and timely readings and videos at your own pace.


Why Sign Up?

In this PULP (Pop-Up Learning & Politics) Fact and Fiction seminar, go beyond the headlines and engage with your fellow Hoyas about critical issues surrounding border disputes around the world.

In the first and last week participants will participate in simulations about border disputes.  These two simulations will bookend discussions about border and security concerns around the world.  Short articles, videos, and guided discussions on an online forum will guide the learning.  Participants from around the world are encouraged to sign up for the course.

WEEK 1: Opening Simulation – The Temple of Preah Vihear

WEEK 2: The US/Mexico Border

WEEK 3: India/Pakistan

WEEK 4: Closing Simulation – India/Pakistan

Professor Elizabeth Hervey Stephen has been a member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1987, and has now taught well over 2000 students. She has served in numerous administrative positions including Chair of the Department of Demography and she was the Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a research assistant for the Center of Population Research, University of Texas, Austin; a social science analyst for the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; a survey statistician for the U.S. Bureau of the Census; and a demographer for the Denver Regional Council of Governments.


Dr. Stephen has been a visionary instructor and has participated in numerous pedagogy innovations and linking global education with activities on the main campus. She received two ITEL grants from the Provost’s office to assess global education and to assist students in preparing ePortfolios. She has been an active supporter of CNDLS and chaired the Faculty Advisory Committee. She participated in the Doyle Initiative, the Englehard Project, Thresholds and Bottlenecks, and with designing the future of the university with the Red House.

Dr. Stephen has the distinction of being the only Georgetown faculty member who taught at the McGhee Center for Mediterranean Studies and Villa Le Balze during the academic year.

She is now the first professor to teach an undergraduate on-line course during the academic year. The course, “Borders and Security Concerns” will be rolled out for the Spring 2017 semester with sections at the Main Campus, SFS-Q, and Villa Le Balze.

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