Washington Center

International Development

Day and Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 10 to March 14, 2017
Semester Dates: 
January 10 to April 18, 2017
Core Seminar

This is an introductory course to the international development field. The focus is on some of the key questions, challenges and achievements in this field. Materials from the course (readings, documentaries, discussions of current events) will enhance your understanding of the dominant approaches to poverty alleviation, the role of inter/national development actors, organizations and institutions, the promises of post-2015 Development Goals including the empowerment of women and youth. You will be exposed to the theoretical foundations of the field and will be required to make sense of these by following current events and drawing on your internship experiences in the nation’s Capital as well as your interactions with various experts, policy makers and development practitioners. The ultimate goal of the course is to enhance your understanding of the various causes and consequences of development problems and encourage you to develop individual perspective on effective strategies for change.


*Required for all semester students enrolled in the Congress, Supreme Court, International Relations, International Development and Media seminars:  The last four weeks of this semester (March 20 – April 2, including Spring Break) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Jennifer Diascro on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. See syllabus below. Please contact Dr. Diascro at jennifer.diascro@ucdc.edu with questionsProfessor Skalli-Hanna will teach the International Development seminar on Tuesdays, from January 10-March 17. She will be your official instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the semester.

**NO additional registration required.

Four Week Module Syllabus (forthcoming).


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