Dev Theory & Practice
This course introduces students to the field of International Development and its subfields (including the theories, major debates, practices, and professional opportunities). The first section covers economic, sociological and political theories of development with sensitivity to the historical context. The second section discusses specific development issues such as the theory and practice of development assistance, democratization, human rights, and governance, community development, gender, environment, poverty, human security and education. Students hear guest lectures from MIIS faculty who teach in the development subfields. In the third section, students work in teams and focus on a particular developing country and research different aspects of its development and present their findings in class. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the field, and give them a chance to begin narrowing down their own interests.