International Development Program Concentration
The International Development concentration equips you with the skills you need for careers that contribute to improving the lives of people in low-income communities throughout the world. The coursework provides an understanding of the economic, political, and social challenges of economic development; contending perspectives on how best to achieve development; and issues crucial to development, such as the environment and global health.
In addition to core courses, students who select the International Development concentration will select three of the four courses listed below:
- Politics of Global Development
Politics of Global Development offers examination into the field of international development. The course focuses on the history, theory, and current approaches toward alleviating poverty and global inequality, and focuses especially on the impacts of development strategies on the environment and on the most vulnerable members of society. This course emphasizes critical analysis of the central assumptions and power relations that have influenced the field, and resulting discourses, policies, programs, and political arrangements. In the course, we explore what development means, how to measure it, and how to understand attempts to balance between economic, ecological, and equity concerns. The course engages the key propositions that emerge in contemporary international development debates, and offers frameworks for evaluating theories, interventions, and policies. The course offers a foundation for uncovering and assessing social structures, institutions, inequalities, and development policies as theories meet practice.
- Foundations of Economic Development
This course has three aims. It introduces different ways to define and to measure economic development. It examines the nature and causes of the economic challenges in developing countries (growth, employment, poverty, income inequality, gender inequality, financial stability, maintaining balance of payments, etc.). The course also explores debates about the most effective economic policies for promoting the advancement of low and middle-income countries.
- Sustainable Development and Global Environmental Politics
Global environmental dangers are among the most profound challenges facing humanity. They currently undermine the quality of life for many and threaten, in the extreme, to compromise the fundamental, organic infrastructure that supports all life on earth. This course introduces you to the sociopolitical dynamics of global environmental affairs. It explores the causes of environmental harm and avenues of effective response. Furthermore, it examines a number of key environmental challenges including species extinction, food and agriculture, and climate change. Its overall aim is to familiarize course participants with the role power plays in the emergence of environmental problems and how power in turn can be wielded in the service of sustainability.
- Global Health Politics and Policy
Beginning with an overview of the most significant health and disease issues facing the global community—including HIV, TB, malnutrition, SARS and avian flu, endemic diseases like malaria, and the growth of noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer—this course will relate these nontraditional challenges to current theories and research in international relations. The course addresses a number of different issues in international relations and affairs, primarily from the perspective of how they interact with global and international public health.