Pre-College Programs
Brown Leadership Institute

« Return to Course Catalog

Leadership and Global Development

Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.

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.

Leadership and Global Development is an interdisciplinary course preparing high school students for college level courses in the social sciences. Additionally, this course is ideal for students who have interest in international development, political science, sociology, and/or careers in government, NGOs, or consultancy.

Please Note:

This course is part of the Leadership Institute program, a 2-week immersive experience with busy days. Our mission is to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. The Leadership Institute consists of three elements: academic content, leadership development, and the Action Plan. Participants are intellectually curious and compassionate students who are interested in social issues and creating positive change.

Additional programmatic information can be found here

youtube instagram