Students are required to select a track as part of the International Development course, which will focus your studies and help prepare you for your internship or research project.
Arts and Cultural Studies
Develop a critical understanding of culture through an analysis of the literature, art, film and music. Discussion focuses on the perspectives, values and lives of people and their relationship to development as revealed through different cultural and literary venues.
Education and Literacy
Analyze the educational system, government policy and impact on local educational structures, the disparities in access to education, and the relationship between education and development. Discussions may include gender education, financial challenges, and current reforms.
Entrepreneurship and Alternative Economies
Examine the history, nature and challenges of microbusiness and its role in the economic and social development of the local community. Includes an analysis of informal sector enterprises, the role of social entrepreneurship, and an overview of key aspects of microfinance.
Examine health care systems, the management and prevention of disease, and the philosophical approaches to health care, including the role of traditional medicine. Specific topics for discussion include women’s health, children’s health, HIV education, and rural vs. urban health care facilities.
Understand how government policies and local grassroots efforts serve the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, including the homeless, women, children, indigenous groups, the disabled and the elderly. Topics include the configuration of social services, resource allocation, community development, and welfare reform.
Sustainability and the Environment
Investigate the relationship between environmental and natural resource challenges and the local community. Critical issues being faced may include sustainable food and water sources, natural resource utilization and management, climate change, wildlife management and sustainable development.