Alternative theories and definitions of development as expressed in the major international institutions (aid agencies, cartels, multinational corporations) concerned with the transfer of resources. Considers the problems of the "change-agent" in working for development and examines the major development issues.
SIS-636: Micropolitics of Development
This course introduces key social categories that affect politics and development at the local/micro/project level. These include class; status (including the operation of elites; bureaucrats, and development professionals); ethnicity; caste; gender, and differences based on culture and religion; and abilities/disabilities. It also emphasizes that these categories are fluid; time- and location-specific; and open to contestation. From an applied perspective; the material in this course provides a conceptual background for; and useful pointers towards; competent and informed social assessment. Reference is made to a number of practical tools including gender analysis; stakeholder analysis; social (impact) assessment; and participatory rural appraisal. The course also provides an opportunity to observe a number of case studies.
SIS-731: Economic Development
Why are some countries rich and some countries poor? This course introduces students to the leading issues in development economics at both the macro and micro levels. It weaves a historical overview of the last century with economic theory and empirical investigations, beginning with a discussion of developing country macro growth policies, the role of the state, debt, and the recent liberalization of foreign trade and financial policies. The focus then shifts to more micro-development topics such as poverty, inequality, education, health, gender, corruption, and crime.
ECON-603: Intro to Economic Theory
An introduction to the major analytical tools of micro and macro economics, including models of employment, inflation, economic growth and development, international trade, the derivation of supply and demand, the operation of firms under perfect and imperfect competition, and the role of government in society.
Professional Research and Methods
SIS-600: International Affairs Stats/Methods
Introduction to research design and research methods with particular focus on quantitative measurement, statistical analysis, and computer use for international relations research.
Approved Courses for Second Methods Requirement:
SIS 619/SIS 750 Big Data and Text Mining
SIS 619 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Human Rights
SIS 620 Policy Analysis for Global Environmental Politics
SIS 628 Community Participatory Methods
SIS 634 Field Survey Research Methods
SIS 635 Field Research Methods
SIS 635 Mixed Methodology for Community Research
SIS 635 Program Planning in Global Health
SIS 653 Policy Analysis
SIS 750 Qualitative Methods & Methodology
SIS 750 International Policy Analysis
SIS 750 Project Design, Monitoring & Evluation
SIS 750 Program Evaluation
SIS 750 International Affairs Statistics and Methods II
ACCT 607 Financial Accounting
ACCT 670 International Accounting
ANTH 640 Graduate Research Methods
ANTH 652 Anthropological Research Design
CSC 610 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ECON 623 Applied Econometrics I
ECON 624 Applied Econometrics II
ECON 665 Project Evaluation in Developing Countries
GOVT 615 Qualitative Research Methods
PUAD 604 Public Program Evaluation
PUAD 617 Project Management
PUAD 685 Qualitative Methods
Other methods courses may be available but require approval of the ID Program Director. Skills institutes may not be taken for the second methods requirement.
Intensive three-day courses, training students in state-of-the-art international development techniques