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International Development Course Descriptions

Core Curriculum Courses

IDEV 1010 Introduction to Development
This course introduces students to the notion and history of “international development” and examines the different theories and strategies of development that have evolved in the last seventy years. We address the many challenges that the global community is facing in its efforts to reduce poverty in an equitable and sustainable manner. We then tackle varied thematic issues and goals of development such as understanding multifaceted poverty, improving health and education outcomes, and building sustainable cities, which provide students with opportunities to apply the theories under study along with exploring possible solutions.
Credit hours: 3

ECON 1020 Introductory Macroeconomics
Course offered by the Department of Economics.
An introduction to theory of aggregate income, employment, and the price level. Topics include unemployment, alternative monetary and fiscal policies, and economic growth.
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 3200 Approaches to Sustainable Development
This course gives insight into how to make development more sustainable, durable, compatible with nature, the needs of current and future generations, and, in particular, the essential needs of the world’s poor. Keeping in mind that the definition of sustainability is heavily dependent on local contexts and concerns, the course provides several approaches to understanding sustainable development. These include: governance at global, national, and local levels, the resource curse hypothesis, sustainable and durable peace, international aid and debt structures, and a gender lens. The assignments take the students through a process of developing a policy for a current problem in a developing country of their choice.
Pre-requisites: IDEV 1010 and ECON 1020
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4300 Identity and Development
A principal concern of many development theorists and practitioners today is the need to recognize differences. That means, fundamentally, respecting differences in identity and how one’s identity or identities, such as gender, ethnicity, family structure, national origin, political affiliation, race, and religion play out in daily practice. The first section of the course provides historical and theoretical context for current discussions of identity as they relate to, affect and shape current international development theory and practice. The second section of the course examines cross-cutting issues where identity concerns intersect, with an emphasis on current trends and challenges, such as migration, violence, and urban change.
Pre-requisites: ECON 1020, IDEV 1010, and IDEV 3200
Credit hours: 3

Elective Courses

IDEV 4320 Migrants, Refugees and Development*
This course provides students with the opportunity to consider the implications of global population movements – 244 million in 2016, exclusive of internal migrants – and the events they reflect. We examine internal and external migration flows, their political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental causes and consequences. Moreover, we consider whether migrants may be an engine of development, a hindrance, or both. Success stories of migrant integration, upward mobility and thriving businesses go alongside with tales of discrimination, crowded slums and refugee camps where disease is rampant, education is scarce, and youth widen the ranks of the unemployed and revert to crime as a way of living and violence as a means of surviving. Based on migration theories and case studies, this course aims at understanding these patterns and exploring how the pace of migration may be slowed and conditions improved in order for migrant populations to better integrate their new societies and become positive agents of change.
Pre-requisites: IDEV 1010, ECON 1020 and IDEV 3200
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4330 Post-Conflict Development: Transitional Justice
The main objective of this course is to help students understand post-conflict development, in particular the rebalancing of unequal power relations through restorative and retributive justice. Determining the appropriate response to atrocities of gruesome scale, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, is one of the most difficult tasks scholars and policymakers have had to grapple within societies transitioning from conflict. Several case studies and a variety of transitional justice mechanisms are covered in the course, including truth and reconciliation commissions, reparations, ad-hoc criminal tribunals, the International Criminal Court, hybrid courts and domestic courts. The course ends by exposing tensions between the aim of justice and other crucial aims in post-conflict societies, including lasting peace, reconciliation, nation-building, poverty elimination, and gender and refugee issues, in order to familiarize students with the complexities of political development.
Pre-requisites: Must have taken at least one 3000 level course
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4340 Law, Sustainability and Development
Prior knowledge of law or legal study is NOT required to take this course. This courseasks students to explore three central questions: (1) how can and does law promote — or hinder — sustainable development; (2) to what extent are national development goals at odds with sustainability goals and (3) can sustainable development law and regulation promote a more just, equitable society? Course materials include both legal and non-legal texts that address these questions. In addition, assigned readings will consider the meaning and interpretation of words and terms such as “sustainability,” “development,” and “sustainable development” through various lenses – trade and the environment, human rights, property rights, country studies, and so on. A portion of classroom time will be devoted to consideration and discussion of these texts. Students are organized in teams and asked to work collaboratively to articulate their own answers to the course’s three central questions by designing a document or documents relating to a sustainable development policy that draws upon the skills of their respective disciplines.
Pre-requisites: IDEV 1010, ECON 1020, and IDEV 3200
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4560 Internship
With the approval from the International Development Studies Program and the Center for Public Service, students can gain unique practical experiences and earn credit by engaging in a service-learning internship course. The internship program provides students the opportunity to bridge academic learning with service in the community. Internships foster professional development, promote practical application of knowledge acquired in the classroom, and encourage civic engagement. This course requires motivation, passion, and enthusiasm.
Must also register for SRVC 4890
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4561 Environment and Development
Those in developing countries face serious environmental challenges. Resource exploitation,
rapid industrialization, disadvantageous trade, and labor abuses are some of the potential
consequences of unbalanced and non-sustainable development. Sustainable human development ensures that environmental stewardship accompanies concomitant progress in economic growth, responsive governance, social justice and health of the population. Sustainable development implies that resources are used wisely, industrialization occurs without uncontrolled pollution, and labor is engaged in production and trade practices that avoid exploitation. Environment and Development is a course that identifies potential environmental problems that may arise during development. Global and local environmental problems and their root causes are discussed. Potential avoidance and mitigation measures are presented which may be implemented to guide a developing economy toward responsible and sustainable development.
Pre-requisites: ECON 1020, IDEV 1010, and IDEV 3200
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4900 Leadership and Management for Development*
This course is designed for students who seek careers in International Development, working for international or non-governmental organizations, in the public or private sector, or aiming at starting their own social enterprise. Using a variety of case studies including recent economic and human development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, we explore the challenges of effective decision-making, policy formulation and implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation, in the context of real world social, political, and financial constraints that regularly arise. Students are introduced to a strategic planning conceptual framework, which they use to create a sound and sustainable development project in the location and under an organization of their choice.
Pre-requisites: IDEV 1010, ECON 1020, IDEV 3200
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4910 Independent Study
Open to upper-level students with approval of instructor
Credit hours: 1-3

IDEV 4920 Independent Study
Open to upper-level students with approval of instructor
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 4950 Special Topics
Courses offered by visiting or permanent faculty.
Descriptions and timing: please see below as well as Schedule of Classes. For more information, please contact the International Development Studies Program.
Credit hours: 3

Special Topics and Additional Electives

Spring 2017
IDEV 4951 Women and Development in Africa
Development studies increasingly focus on questions of gender and family as drivers and receivers of development. In this course we explore the following question: How are women, gender and sexuality central to development in Sub-Saharan Africa? The course aims to answer this question by providing a comprehensive overview of the social, political, economic, regional and global realities that shape daily lives of women in Sub-Saharan Africa. We examine diverse topics ranging from family planning and social entrepreneurship to beauty politics and women’s role in conflict. A variety of examples and authors from across the continent are explored using an interdisciplinary approach, with material drawn from public health, history, education, psychology, political science, environmental studies, and literature.
Pre-requisites: IDEV 1010, IDEV 3200
Credit hours: 3
Note: This course is required for students who wish to apply for the Newcomb College Institute’s summer program in Kenya.

IDEV 6680 Development Theories and Strategies since 1945
The purpose of this course is to gain an in-depth understanding of the process of development since the end of World War II – what beliefs underlay various approaches, what structures and events influenced those beliefs, how governments and institutions responded, and how differing approaches have succeeded or failed. The following themes are examined decade by decade since the 1950s: development theories and strategies, international context for development, donor policy, development performance and trends. This is done on a global and regional scale, as well as through the prism of target developing countries selected by the students.

Fall 2017
IDEV 4952 Development in the Francophone World*
This course, taught in the French language, focuses on political, economic, and social aspects of development in francophone developing countries, especially in Africa and the Caribbean. Topics of discussion include: historical and political heritage; French and European development practices with a focus on trade, investment, and aid; and the impact of globalization and migration on the regions in question. We examine development programs in the areas of poverty, food security, education, human rights and gender equity, health, and the environment. This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students intending to work in governmental agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, in French-speaking developing countries. Students will acquire concrete knowledge of sustainable development’s current applications in the francophone world while enriching their French language fluency in the field of development and improving their French speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
Pre-requisites: IDEV 1010, FREN 3150 or 3170
Credit hours: 3

IDEV 6670 International Political and Economic Relations (IPER)
In this era of rapid change, globalization, and the privatization of international development, this course seeks to understand how political activity intersects with economic activity and how that nexus impacts the Global South. We use the concepts and theories of global political economy to analyze aid, trade, investment, development policy, monetary relations, and regional integration in order to understand how the world has worked in the past, is working now, and is likely to work in the future.
Pre-requisites: IDEV 1010, ECON 1020, IDEV 3200
Credit hours: 3

* Course may also be taken at 6000-level: see Schedule of Classes