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INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

SIS-635
Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Course Level: Graduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics include rural development; managing economic and political reform; etc. Usually offered every term.

SIS-635
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Social Enterprise: Context and Best Practices

Focuses on the ecology and tool kit of the successful social entrepreneur. Provides exposure to techniques such as appreciative inquiry and asset-based planning, design thinking, small wins, positive deviance, systems thinking, and applied innovation diffusion theory. The basics of branding, positioning, and revenue-based business models are also considered in relation to social enterprises.

SIS-635
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Introduction to Social Enterprise

Exposure to the key ideas and institutions involved with social enterprise. The field's relationship with business entrepreneurship is considered, and special attention is paid to the ethical dilemmas faces by social entrepreneurs. Open only to students in the MA in Social Enterprise

SIS-635
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

NGO/Social Enterprise Management

This course for students who plan on, or are considering, a career in nonprofit service-providing or advocacy organizations, gives students an opportunity to apply management best practices to the challenges of running a non-governmental organization (NGO). Students acquire the knowledge needed to organize an effective NGO from the ground up. Equal emphasis throughout the course is given to practicalities of management that keep an organization afloat, and the dynamics of leadership that move it forward. The course covers goal setting, fundraising, strategy formulation, governance, and organization design, and the techniques used to identify opportunities, motivate colleagues, build momentum, use power, and win hearts-and-minds. Special emphasis is given to the emerging practices used by social entrepreneurs and how they can be applied in a broad range of NGOs.

SIS-635
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Youth and International Development

This course provides students with adequate tools for understanding the intersections between youth cultures and development concerns, primarily in developing but also in industrialized countries. Students examine varying attitudes towards, and treatment of, youth in different societies, trends among youth in political engagement, community development, responses to new information technologies, and participation in the development work and advancement of social justice and peace building. They also explore the various challenges youth face with respect to education, employment, health, security and identity concerns.

SIS-635
009
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Health in the Developing World

This course is based on the assumption that health is a necessary component of development. It explores current health problems in developing countries, how they are drawn along intersecting social categories of geography, gender, race, and class, and innovative solutions to these health inequalities. The course takes a public health approach to global health problems, which involves reducing preventable morbidity and premature mortality and promoting a higher quality of life in populations and groups through health intervention. Emphasis is placed on primary prevention, rather than secondary or tertiary prevention. Students are also exposed to a variety of public health approaches to interventions in developing countries. Although biological, physical, and medical care factors contribute to population health outcomes, this course emphasizes the relationship of behaviors as well as social and political structures to health outcomes. Students learn concrete tools for developing health interventions and work in groups to develop a program plan addressing one of the health topics covered in the course.

SIS-635
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Prerequisite: SIS-600.

SIS-635
008
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
FALL 2014

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Social Accountability

This course addresses the challenges involved in promoting pro-poor institutional change. Despite the proliferation of elected governments around the world, accountable governance remains elusive for many. Governance refers to how public, civil society and private sector organizations make decisions, while accountability refers to the processes through which actors are held responsible for their decisions. The study of the relationship between governance and accountability sheds light on the classic question of "who gets what, how and why." This course focuses on institutional innovations that attempt to make development policy more publicly accountable, across a wide range of countries, actors, issue areas and institutions. The course analyzes who is, or should be, accountable to whom, as clients become citizens and bureaucrats become public servants. Cases include both state and society-led change initiatives, including experiences with state-society partnerships. The course's core concepts draw from interdisciplinary institutional analysis, and research strategies studied include the comparative method, institutional ethnography and semi-experimental approaches.

SIS-635
001
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Development Management

The problems of administering public programs in developing countries and the methods by which development projects are carried out. For foreign students who will be returning to developing countries as well as for Americans interested in international administration.

SIS-635
002
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Urban Development

This course focuses on how to make cities function better, rather than on how to reverse urban growth. The first part of the course reviews the literature on the origins and growth of cities and identifies contrasting views as to the role of cities in national development. The second part of the course takes up six major issues: emergency approaches to urban governance and politics; local economic development (LED) strategies; employment generation and entrepreneurship; slum and squatter upgrading; planning efficient and affordable water and sanitation systems; and urban environmental management (with a focus on waste management, air pollution and innovative transport planning).

SIS-635
003
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Population, Migration, and Development

This course provides the necessary analytical skills to understand contemporary population dynamics, especially in the developing world. It examines fundamental components of current trends in population dynamics; theoretical bases of the population debate; fertility issues; the relationship among population, development, and human migration flows; and population policy and sustainable development in developing and developed countries.

SIS-635
004
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

This course helps students develop a thorough understanding of qualitative and basic quantitative tools and approaches to international program evaluation. With needs, priorities, and agendas contested across political scales and economic sectors, evaluation is not only a technically demanding exercise; it is an intensely political process. Students develop skills in understanding methodological as well as epistemological and ontological underpinnings of program evaluation and how these influence research design and data interpretation; designing research for evaluative purposes and critically assessing its validity, reliability, efficiency, and effectiveness; reading and coding data, developing report outlines, and presenting findings in appropriate formats. In addition to skill development, the course also challenges students in their roles as development practitioners to identify ethical dilemmas in the context of evaluation and to reflect on appropriate responses. The course includes brief lectures, in-class exercises, problem sets, a real world case study, and discussion in groups and plenary. Prerequisite: SIS-600.

SIS-635
006
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Leading Social Innovation

Introduces the key leadership skills employed by social entrepreneurs, and distinguishes these from those used to manage more stable, ongoing international NGOs. Social entrepreneurs are skilled at destabilizing the status quo by seeing opportunities for change others miss. The components of the enterprise mindset they apply to this task are analyzed through written and live case studies. Best practices for both creating new organizations as well as leading existing ones from marginal positions of low formal power are examined. Common leadership pathologies and the dynamics of followership are also considered, along with leaders' uses of hard and soft power. Students engage in structured reflection on their personal approaches to leadership. The course is highly interactive and focused more on application than theory.

SIS-635
007
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Graduate

Advanced Topics in Development Management (3)

Field Research Methods

This course prepares students for independent field research. Students acquire methodological skills and data collection strategies that have broad application to both academic research and international program evaluation. The course covers a range of field methods, including ethnography, archival research, interviews, focus groups, surveys, and field experiments, as well as the theoretical, logistical, and ethical aspects of field research design.