IDS207-1: Foundation Development Studies

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
MW
11:30am - 12:45pm
Anthropology Building 107
Phillips, Kristin
35358
Introduces students to the growing field of development studies and provides a solid foundation for subsequent course work in the Minor. Key topics include human rights, gender, environment, poverty and inequality, democratic reforms and governance, market reforms, rural development, and conflict.

“Development”—efforts to reduce or eradicate poverty, hunger, social and political inequalities, and human rights abuses through progressive social, economic, and political change—has been a key project of the post-World War II era. Its significance has become even greater in light of growing income disparities, declining standards of living, and the persistence of violence around the globe. At the same time, new technologies and the globalization of markets have offered greater opportunities for connectivity, communication, and the flow of people and resources—with mixed effects on poverty and well-being. This introductory course for the Global Development Studies minor at Emory offers students a chance to explore the theory, practice, and profession of international development. How can we understand and address growing inequality? What ideas, strategies, and concepts have organized the project of development since the post-war period? And how can we approach development issues in a more humanistic, compassionate way that is respectful of cultural differences and the rights of the poor to a dignified, meaningful life?

This course will introduce students to the growing field of development studies and provide a solid foundation for subsequent course work in the Minor and, eventually, possible career tracks. It will provide an overview of how scholars and practitioners research and apply their knowledge toward understanding and solving some of the world's most challenging problems.  Through readings and class discussion, students will learn about several key topics related to development, including human rights, gender, environment, poverty and inequality, democratic reforms and governance, market reforms, rural development, and conflict.

The course is designed for students to take full advantage of the rich and varied faculty resources on development studies that are represented at Emory University. Thus, during the semester several guest lectures on selected topics—with assigned readings--will be provided by faculty members from the Emory Program in Global Development Studies. These arrangements will not only enrich the student’s interdisciplinary experience and understanding of the field’s breadth, but also showcase issues and instructors which the student might want to pursue through course electives in the Minor.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.