Course Descriptions

International Development Classes - Fall 2011

ANTH 394 – Gender and Development in Africa

Sonia Patten
MWF 1:10 – 2:10 pm

Development in Africa has many players - national governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations both international and domestic, private contractors, religious organizations, community-based organizations, individual development experts. In the midst of all the development policies, activities, projects and money, there is a very big question: how is development working out for the women and men of Africa, for their families and communities. In the course we will use the works of anthropologists and other scholars to examine this and related questions such as whose voices are heard when development agendas are set, who gains and who loses when development projects are mounted, what recourse exists for individuals and families who suffer losses as a result of development, and how have African women and men organized to address these and other issues linked to development.

ECON 462 – International Economic Development

Amy Damon
TR 8 – 9:30 am

This course will apply the tools of economic analysis to gain an understanding of economic development problems and their solutions. Patterns of economic development in an historical and dynamic context will be examined. The central role of agriculture and the problem of technological change in agriculture will also be examined. Other topics will include neo-classical growth models, domestic and international economic policies, international trade, foreign aid, external debt, technology transfer, rural-urban migration and income distribution. Prerequisites: Economics 361, 371, and 381. Every year; next offered Fall 2006. (4 credits)
4.000 Credit hours

EDUC 460 – Education and Social Change

Ruthanne Kurth-Schai
MWF 8:30 - 9:30 am

This course explores the question: How can we educate to promote change toward more just, compassionate, and sustainable approaches to living and learning in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world? We will consider contemporary barriers to and opportunities for systemic, progressive education reform and civic renewal on local, national and international levels. We will then work both individually and collectively, on campus and in the community, to analyze specific social issues and reform strategies in addition to conceptualizing plans for principled social action. Prerequisites: 2 prior courses in Educational Studies or permission of Department Chair. Spring semester. (4 credits)
4.000 Credit hours

ENVI 232 – People, Agriculture, and the Environment

William Moseley
TR 9:40 – 11:10 am

This course introduces you to the study of human-environment interactions from a geographic perspective, with a special emphasis on the role of humans in changing the face of the earth and how, in turn, this changing environment influences humans. The course will examine environmental issues in a variety of geographic contexts (developed and developing countries) and the connections between environmental problems in different locations. Students will explore the fundamentals of environmental science, economics, cultural and political ecology, as well as a number of sectoral issues related to human population growth, agriculture, water resources, biodiversity, forest resources, energy use, climate change, and environmental health. No prerequisites. (4 credits)
4.000 Credit hours

Geography 254: Geography of World Population Issues

Professor Holly Barcus

In this introductory population geography course we will explore global population trends and the various factors that influence the volume and distribution of populations across the globe focusing on both contemporary and historical population debates. Our objectives will be to understand the current spatial patterns of global human population distribution and how the primary components of population change (fertility, mortality and migration) differentially affect world regions. Contemporary population issues (AIDS, refugees, immigration, fertility choices and migration decisions) will provide the lens through which we begin to develop an understanding of the historical and, possibly, future trends and debates. We will examine these issues from both a macro and micro perspective. For example, we will consider migration flows such as those between Mexico-US, rural-urban migration in China, and transnational migration in Mongolia, seeking to better understand why individuals decide to move from one place to another and how changes in the global economy influence these decisions. Directed exercises and guest lectures will help you acquire the skills to measure and evaluate population structure and composition and independent projects will allow you to apply these skills to geographic areas of greatest interest to you, both locally and globally.

GEOG 488 – Comparative Environment and Development Studies

William Moseley
TR 1:20 – 2:50 pm

Senior seminars examine a variety of topics. Specific topics to be determined at the time of registration.
4.000 Credit hours

HIST 294-01 Amazon: A Cultural History

This course seeks to trace cross-cultural encounters in and surrounding the Amazon rainforest. It will emphasize the interlacing of cultural representation within distinct socioeconomic models – slavery, commodity extraction, internal colonization, and environmental activism and tourism. In focusing upon the intertwined nature of the forest’s natural, economic, racial, and representational history, the course hopes to evoke the similarities and distinctions between historic discourses and contemporary politics.

POLI 221 – Global Governance

Wendy Weber
TR 9:40 – 11:10 am

This course is designed to introduce students to global governance. It begins with a discussion of the concept of global governance. It then turns to some of the central features of contemporary global governance, including the changing status of the state and of international/world organizations and the role of global civil society. The emphasis here is on how patterns of global governance have changed and are changing and on the implications of these changes for democracy, social justice, etc. The remainder of the course focuses on the areas of international peace and security, human rights and international humanitarian law, and economic governance. By addressing such topics as the International Criminal Court and the role of the IMF and the World Bank in economic development, these parts of the course highlight the contested nature of global governance in each of the three issue areas. Political Science 120 recommended. Every year.
(4 credits)