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MA International Development Core Courses

SIS-637: International Development

Alternative theories and definitions of development as expressed in the major international institutions (aid agencies, cartels, multinational corporations) concerned with the transfer of resources. Considers the problems of the "change-agent" in working for development and examines the major development issues.

SIS-636: Micropolitics of Development

This course introduces key social categories that affect politics and development at the local/micro/project level. These include class; status (including the operation of elites; bureaucrats, and development professionals); ethnicity; caste; gender, and differences based on culture and religion; and abilities/disabilities. It also emphasizes that these categories are fluid; time- and location-specific; and open to contestation. From an applied perspective; the material in this course provides a conceptual background for; and useful pointers towards; competent and informed social assessment. Reference is made to a number of practical tools including gender analysis; stakeholder analysis; social (impact) assessment; and participatory rural appraisal. The course also provides an opportunity to observe a number of case studies.

SIS-731: Economic Development

Why are some countries rich and some countries poor? This course introduces students to the leading issues in development economics at both the macro and micro levels. It weaves a historical overview of the last century with economic theory and empirical investigations, beginning with a discussion of developing country macro growth policies, the role of the state, debt, and the recent liberalization of foreign trade and financial policies. The focus then shifts to more micro-development topics such as poverty, inequality, education, health, gender, corruption, and crime. 

ECON-603: Intro to Economic Theory

An introduction to the major analytical tools of micro and macro economics, including models of employment, inflation, economic growth and development, international trade, the derivation of supply and demand, the operation of firms under perfect and imperfect competition, and the role of government in society.

Professional Research and Methods

SIS-600: International Affairs Stats/Methods

Introduction to research design and research methods with particular focus on quantitative measurement, statistical analysis, and computer use for international relations research. 

Approved Courses for Second Methods Requirement:

  • SIS 619/SIS 750 Big Data and Text Mining
  • SIS 619 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Human Rights
  • SIS 620 Policy Analysis for Global Environmental Politics
  • SIS 628 Community Participatory Methods
  • SIS 634 Field Survey Research Methods
  • SIS 635 Field Research Methods
  • SIS 635 Mixed Methodology for Community Research
  • SIS 635 Program Planning in Global Health
  • SIS 653 Policy Analysis
  • SIS 750 Qualitative Methods & Methodology
  • SIS 750 International Policy Analysis
  • SIS 750 Project Design, Monitoring & Evluation
  • SIS 750 Program Evaluation
  • SIS 750 International Affairs Statistics and Methods II
  • ACCT 607 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 670 International Accounting
  • ANTH 640 Graduate Research Methods
  • ANTH 652 Anthropological Research Design
  • CSC 610 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ECON 623 Applied Econometrics I
  • ECON 624 Applied Econometrics II
  • ECON 665 Project Evaluation in Developing Countries
  • GOVT 615 Qualitative Research Methods
  • PUAD 604 Public Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 617 Project Management
  • PUAD 685 Qualitative Methods
Other methods courses may be available but require approval of the ID Program Director. Skills institutes may not be taken for the second methods requirement.

Skills Institutes

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Intensive three-day courses, training students in state-of-the-art international development techniques

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Tinker-Walker Fellowship

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 Through the Irene Tinker-Millidge Walker Fellowship, students can receive financial support to offset the costs of including overseas field experience in their research, internship, or practicum.

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