INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-638
Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Introduction to a specific technique or approach currently used in the international development field, focusing on project planning, community development, action research, or another similar area. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: SIS-637, ECON-560, or equivalent.

SIS-638
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Organizational Development

Change in organizations is both a function and result of changes in the external and internal organizational environment. For an organization to increase its effectiveness, certain fundamental skills must be practiced. In this course students consider how "double loop learning" and the tenets of The Fifth Discipline can help in the change process. Using a hands-on approach, the class considers how leadership guides and directs the organizational development (OD) process, the role structure plays in OD, how human resources can enhance the OD process, how organizational culture can prevent OD, and how the dysfunctions of an organization can prevent an organization's growth and development. Students learn to use several tools to foster the process of OD in the areas of leadership development, human resources development, culture change, and restructuring organizations.

SIS-638
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Project and Program Evaluation

This course focuses on the development of skills to evaluate projects and programs using a variety of qualitative tools. It provides a basic understanding of the steps to include in preparing for and conducting an evaluation and includes you as the evaluator; designing programs and designing evaluations; developing indicators; and practicing the use of several different tools.

SIS-638
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Gender Analysis and Development

This course explores the concept of gender and its practical application to international development programs and policy. It covers a variety of analytical and planning tools as well as frameworks and methodologies developed and used by gender practitioners and activists worldwide. The course takes a broad approach to development, including strategies that address basic needs and those that promote rights and strengthen civil society.

SIS-638
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Business Development Services

This course examines strategies to provide micro and small entrepreneurs access to vital business development services (BDS) such as business training, market access and assistance, product development, and advisory and information services, among others. It acquaints students with emerging and innovative ideas on BDS best practices including the principles and core skills behind the design and management of BDS interventions to create well-functioning BDS markets. The course draws lessons from donor and practitioner agencies, case studies, and group exercises to illustrate emerging approaches to business services in different contexts (urban, rural, peri-urban, and transitional economies), and types of enterprises targeted (micro, small and medium scale enterprises), and to facilitate learning and enhance the skills and knowledge of students in the design and management of BDS interventions

SIS-638
005
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Business-NGO Partnership Building

Provides the skills and knowledge to build successful cross-sector partnerships between businesses and NGOs based on practical experience. Covers skills that can be applied to all stages of this process: from networking, building relationships and trust, to writing an MOU, implementing a partnership and measuring outcomes.

SIS-638
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Selected Topics in International Development Skills (1)

Innovation in Business Development

This course exposes students to new strategies to assist micro and small entrepreneurs in vital business development services (BDS) such as business training, market access and assistance, product development, and advisory and information services, among others. The course acquaints students with emerging and innovative ideas on BDS best practices including the essential principles and core skills behind the design and management of BDS interventions to create well-functioning BDS markets. The course exposes students to the wide range of business development services currently in use around the globe, groundbreaking new BDS strategies, major intervention types and techniques, and tools and practices. A practical emphasis draws lessons from donor and practitioner agencies across the world through case studies and group exercises to illustrate emerging approaches to business services in different contexts (urban, rural, peri-urban, and transitional economies) and types of enterprises targeted (micro, small, and medium scale enterprises) to facilitate learning and enhance the skills and knowledge of students in the design and management of BDS interventions.