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International Development and Environment

This course introduces the fundamentals of international development and analyzes the global environments in which this pursuit is conducted. It explores the history, evolving definitions, theories, management, and synergies of international development. The course also explores tools of information, policy, and sustainability. Additionally, an overview of legal, ethical, and cultural competency issues in international development are provided.

 

International Political Economy

This course identifies the international political and economic elements shaping international development, including domestic economies; regional economic integration; demographic trends; and social, cultural, religious, ethnic and related tensions. The course also identifies political forces affecting the economic choices of states, non-state actors, enterprises, and individuals involved in international trade, investment, monetary, and development affairs.

 

Global Solutions for Global Issues

This course analyzes global trends and issues of current significance to which international development tools offer creative solutions. Topics range from emergency assistance, humanitarian intervention, refugee management, and poverty reduction to sustainable economic and social development, human rights, health, education, and the environment.

 

Social Enterpreneurship

This course explores the skills and resources which enable entrepreneurs to respond to complex social needs by providing practical and innovative solutions to social, economic, environmental, and other problems locally and worldwide. It also introduces the theory and practice of organizational mission, strategy, management, marketing, finance, decision making, organizational behavior, and evaluation within an ethical framework.

 

Social Marketing

This course examines how marketing concepts and techniques can be utilized to address social problems and to influence individual and group behavior. Strategies and campaigns to promote international development projects designed for social and economic improvement are studied. Optimization of both traditional and online media for the intended purpose and audience is considered.

 

Development and Climate Change

This course provides you with an understanding of the science, politics and developmental implications of climate change and disasters, focusing on the perspectives of poor households, communities and developing countries. It will assess the overlaps between disasters, climate change and poverty, focusing on climate change adaptation and disaster risk-reduction approaches, critically analysing options to reduce negative effects and harness opportunities.  The course will also examine the social, political and economic drivers of vulnerability, considering how policy processes at different scales influence risk management activities and local coping strategies.

 

Competition in the Green Economy

You examine in particular the implications for countries in the rest of Asia, Latin America and Africa: how do these new conditions impact firm competitiveness in developing countries? How can they use the new opportunities being created to upgrade their position in global value chains? How can they avoid the worst pitfalls associated with the new global competition? How can national sources of competitiveness (firms, clusters, and their policy networks) be leveraged for overall better economic performance and structural change?

 

Public Policy and Democracy

This course examines the theory and practice of democracy and its role in development. The first part discusses theories of democracy, from classical to modern, mapping their core concepts and establishing clear analytical relations between frameworks of democracy and their historical contexts. The second part relates these theoretical discussions to empirical concerns and case studies around the notion of development and social change, including the relationship between democracy and economic development, the impact of religion and culture, the relationship between formal and informal institutions, citizen participation and democracy promotion. The final session discusses the future of democracy and its dilemmas in contemporary times.

 

Health and Development

This course examines health systems in the face of the major developmental and organisational challenges of the 21stcentury. The course takes a fresh approach to the political economy of health care, examining health systems as knowledge economies (ways of organising access to expert knowledge or expertise, embodied in both people and products) and focuses on how health systems could better benefit the poor.

 

Sustainable Development

This course focuses on policies and politics of transformations to sustainability. It helps you translate theories of socioecological change and technological innovation into effective policies and practices for sustainable development. These skills are urgently required in international development agencies, non-governmental organizations, government ministries and firms in the Global South and North.