Leadership and Global Development
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|June 24, 2013 - July 05, 2013||2||M-F 9A-4P||Waitlisted||Diana Graizbord||10292|
Despite unprecedented increases in global wealth over the last fifty years, a large share of the world’s population " in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and some of the Transition Economies " still lives in abject poverty. Understanding and promoting economic, social, and political development and equality is one of the primary challenges for the world in the twenty-first century. This course seeks to train students to become participants and leaders in global debates about development, poverty and inequality.
Drawing from anthropology, sociology, economics, and political science this course will examine global inequality within the broader context of development theory and the contentious history of 20th century development practice. The class will consider case studies drawn from across the Global South focusing on complex global development issues including environmental sustainability, conflict and governance, and health and well-being. While the emphasis of the class is on the experiences of the Global South, it is also concerned with structures of inequality as they are reproduced in the Global North.
The class will engage with the material through critical discussion, reflexive writing exercises, class debates, mock policy presentations, and through conversations with international development leaders who will serve as occasional guests lecturers. Through an interactive curriculum that includes simulations, discussions, lectures and film screenings, students will engage critically with current issues in development. Students will also be encouraged to think reflexively about the ethical and political challenges of ‘doing development’ as each student crafts a leadership Action Plan informed by course material and discussion.
This course is interdisciplinary and will prepare high school students for college level studies in sociology, anthropology, political science, policy and international development studies at Brown, or elsewhere. In addition this course will give students a critical understanding of development practice and prepare student for reflexive engagement in international volunteer, leadership or study abroad opportunities in the Global South.