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IAS 220: Introduction to International Development (3 credits) Semester: Fall 2009 Time: Monday & Wednesday 4:00 - 5:15 pm Location: 374 TNRB Wiki Site: http://dimensionsofdevelopment.pbworks.com/ Instructor: Joan Dixon Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 (call for appointment) Office Location: 360 TNRB Office Phone: 801-422-____ Cell Phone: 801-787- 3368 e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] TAs: Rilee Buttars [email protected] Eric Darsow [email protected] Mike Monroe [email protected] Course Purpose: The purpose of this course is to prepare students who are interested in pursuing a career in international development to understand the challenge and complexity well as the wide range of options they have for making their personal contribution to the alleviation of poverty and to the development of a better and more equitable world. Course Description: This introductory course explores the theory and practice of development through many different lenses. The term “international development” means so many different things to different people that it has become almost incomprehensible. In recent years, new adjectives have been coupled with development to articulate more precise meanings and approaches – community-based development, human resource development, sustainable development, integrated development, organizational development, economic development, social development, etc. In this class, we will dissect the field of development by examining the various sectors and layers where development activities take place. Students will have an opportunity to look at development from the bottom up – starting from the perspective of rural villages all the way up to national and international policies and strategies. They will also explore the different sectors including health, education, environment, infrastructure, agriculture, political, legal, etc. Through this exploration process and class assignments, each student will acquire an understanding of the types of organizations involved in development and be able to create a plan for their personal career pathway to participate in the field of development. Student Learning Objectives 1. Be able to identify and describe your personal approach to development and how you will prepare yourself with the necessary
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knowledge and skills for pursuing your own pathway and making a contribution. 2. Develop critical thinking skills to look at the problems and solutions of development from different sectors and levels. Know how to use the Dimensions of Development Frameworks to navigate the world of development and to map the context of any development endeavor. Know the basic “development facts” – key concepts, sectors, approaches and players in the field of development.
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