Areas of Study

Course Overview

This course explores how micropolitical factors shape individual experiences and social relations within and between groups. Understanding human experiences and practices connected to gender, race, ethnicity, language, disability, sexuality (and so on) as changeable, contradictory, and often situation-specific, we will examine personal choices, identities, and community formations as legacies of and responses to the ways power is organized under late-modern capitalism and post-colonial international relations. Drawing from a wide range of social scientific materials, we will pay especial attention to intersections of race and class, as well as local, national, and global affiliation in the formation and transformation of people’s lives. Course activities focus on the project level in which development takes place, allowing students to examine those social categories that most impact development outcomes, associated political processes, and individual and group action of the group or groups selected for the semester project.

Prerequisites: IDP 770: Introduction to International Development and IDP 771 International Development with Deaf People and People with Disabilities: Language and Human Rights

Program: International Development

Credit: 3

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International Development

Credits 3


Supervised Internship for…

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International Development

Credits 6


Professional Seminar for…

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International Development

Credits 1


Special Topics

Grading System: letter grades only.

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Credits 1-3


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Credits 1-3


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International Development

Credits 3