Why do some countries develop rapidly while others, even with similar resources, languish? What can be done at domestic and international levels to lift people out of extreme poverty? This course will cover the main elements of development as a national and global issue from multiple perspectives—economic, political, social, and environmental. It will consider the role of the major actors, including international financial institutions; the United Nations system with its goals for equitable and sustainable human development; and other multilateral, bilateral, and nongovernmental institutions. The readings and discussions will introduce key development analysts from both the West and the developing world that will provide insights into why poverty and related issues persist and what can be done about it. In class, we will consider factors that contribute to or impede development success through case studies of countries at various stages: the least developed, those moving upward, and those that have risen to middle income status.
This course is eligible towards the completion of the Certificate in Global Affairs or Certificate in International Development (please note, this course can only be used towards one Certificate). Bundle your coursework and earn a professional credential that communicates knowledge and skills gained. Declared Certificate students receive 10% off of courses within the program.
You'll Walk Away with
- A deep understanding how countries develop differently and what can be done to enhance development
- The knowledge of how cultural, environmental, and political perspectives shape development
- Students who are interested in international development
- Professionals working in a field in which more advanced knowledge of development will enhance their career