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International Development

  • INTDEV 501  International Development: Theory and History

    Description:
    This course will present an overview of the theoretical and historical background of the major themes, topics, ideas, and issues that drive the activity known as international development. It will encompass views from economists, political scientists, humanitarian and human rights activists, journalists, and from practitioners in the field. Students will read assigned materials, review websites and other online materials, engage in online discussions with their cohort and complete writing assignments.   More Info

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  • INTDEV 502  International Institutions and Development

    Description:
    This course will provide an in-depth exploration of the role that various types of international organizations play in international development. The course will look at the major development organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks, as well as bi-lateral aid agencies (USAID, DFID, JICA), international NGO's (Soros, Clinton, Gates) as well as the increasing role of international corporations and militaries in development efforts. Students will read assigned materials, review websites and other online materials, engage in online discussion with their cohort and complete writing assignments.   More Info

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  • INTDEV 503  Program Monitoring and Evaluation for International Development

    Description:
    This applied research methods course provides students with intensive knowledge of theory and practice of program monitoring and evaluation research with an emphasis on its practical relevance for development organizations, national and international agencies, funders from the public, private, third sectors, and other policymakers. Readings, assignments and interactive class sessions focus on: the strengths, limitations and differences between monitoring and evaluation through the eyes of different stakeholders; state-of-the art evaluation approaches at program, organizational, state, and international levels; criteria for developing a good fit between evaluation approaches and specific organizations and programs, and in particular cultural and cross-cultural contexts; criteria and design principles for developing effective evaluation designs and selecting appropriate quantitative and qualitative data collection strategies; and the political and ethical dimensions of evaluation research, especially in terms of international development initiatives. Students will become familiar with the use of participatory processes in every stage of an evaluation implementation, from the design through the reporting phases.   More Info

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  • INTDEV 504  Grant Writing for International Development

    Description:
    This course will introduce students in the field of international development to the essential elements of grant writing for development. It will give practical advice on how to uncover grant opportunities in a variety of development fields as well as best practices for preparing grant applications and doing the necessary follow-up.   More Info

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  • INTDEV 505  Project Management in International Development

    Description:
    This course will introduce students in the field of international development to the essential elements of project management, paying particular attention to the specific challenges faced by project managers in the field where human resource and environmental issues play a much more challenging role.   More Info

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  • INTDEV 506  Internship/Practicum in International Development

    Description:
    This component will allow the student to have actual field experience with an international NGO, agency, or with organizations in a developing country. The students will be assigned to a particular unit for no less than 6 weeks and will be expected to fulfill all the responsibilities asked for in the agreement. The nature and location of the internship will be worked out individually with each student. In the event that a student is already employed in a development organization, the student will have the option of completing a Practicum which will be a significant employment related project that will be constructed by the student, his or her employee, as well as the Program coordinator.   More Info

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