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INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-340
Topics in Global Inequality and Development (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including comparative development strategies, community development, and youth and development. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-240.

SISU-340
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Global Inequality and Development (3)

Information Society and Developing Countries

This course examines the emerging international political framework for participation of developing countries in the information society in terms of the human rights, political, cultural, and economic implications of the global information infrastructure.

SISU-340
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Global Inequality and Development (3)

Social Categories, Identity, and Development

This course introduces key social categories that affect the development process at the local, micro, or project level, and the way in which actors/stakeholders in these categories perceive of, and respond to, development projects. These include class, status, elites, bureaucrats, ethnicity, caste, gender and differences based on culture and religion, and abilities/disabilities. It also emphasizes that while these categories are fluid rather than fixed, time- and location-specific rather than universal, and incomplete rather than complete as definitions and open to contestation, most significantly by those whom we seek to categorize.

SISU-340
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Global Inequality and Development (3)

The Politics of Foreign Aid

This seminar offers a broad survey of the international politics of foreign aid. Specifically, the use of official development assistance as a foreign policy tool, as well as the wide variety of international actors involved in the allocation of foreign aid is examined. The course seeks to understand the motivations behind the giving of aid as well as the impact of foreign aid in recipient countries. Several themes in the political economy of development are addressed including economic growth, governance, democracy promotion, human rights, and complex emergencies. Students learn about the benefits and harms associated with foreign aid from a variety of perspectives.

SISU-340
004
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Global Inequality and Development (3)

Marginalization and Conservation

In this moment of renewed passion for environmental protection, where 'sustainability' is a household term, this course provides a foundation for understanding both environmental destruction and conservation interventions. The class draws on interdisciplinary political ecology to understand how our lived environment is affected by economics, politics, and above all, power. The course focuses on the accumulation and extraction that lead to degradation, then moves to examine a variety of interventions to understand their effects, both intended and unintended. Throughout, students examine multiple dimensions of social marginalization- poverty, human rights, and exclusion- and how both degradation and conservation can potentially marginalize specific populations and indigenous groups. Students leave the class understanding key theories around environmental degradation, and are equipped to engage in controversial debates on parks and protected areas, carbon financing, ecotourism, and sustainable development, among others.