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Leadership and Global Development

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
June 22, 2015 - July 03, 20152M-F 8:30A-3:05POpenDiana Graizbord10292

Course Description

Despite unprecedented increases in global wealth, a large share of the world’s population still lives in abject poverty. Addressing economic, social, and political inequality is one of the primary challenges for the world in the 21st century.

Development is a complex and controversial endeavor. Some think of development as industrial or economic growth, some as a set of social outcomes, like better health or education, and others think of development as greater social justice and equality. Many believe development is the key to ending poverty and inequality, while others claim development is designed to perpetuate global injustice and domination. This course will provide an introduction to the historical origins and theoretical underpinnings of development, and its practical applications and implications. The goal of this course is to enhance students’ socio-historical and political understanding of development.

The course’s interactive curriculum includes readings drawn from across the social sciences, films, pod-casts and current media. We will engage these materials through class discussion, team debates, project-based learning exercises, short lectures, and individual and group research. Throughout the class, students will be asked to critically assess the major debates that shape development, practice using and interpreting development data, and apply substantive knowledge and critical thinking to the planning and implementation of their Action Plans.

This course is interdisciplinary, preparing high school students for college level courses in the social sciences. In addition, this course will help prepare students for reflexive engagement in service, volunteer or leadership opportunities at home or abroad.