The course focuses on the two-way relationship between major demographic events and societal transitions. Demographic events include epidemics, large-scale migration, and more recently, the dramatic reductions in fertility and mortality. Societal transitions include those related to religious belief and practice, political instability, economic development, as well as to those associated with the "second demographic transition" in contemporary low fertility countries. Read more about Population change: Why it matters?
The main purpose of this course is to teach student to understand the basics steps in the research process. We begin with an explanation of research design so that students can see how a research question may be answered. Once the framework for research is established the students will learn some basic statistics for describing variables and the relationships between variables. Read more about Reseach Methods for Development
Using case studies drawn largely but not exclusively from Sub-Saharan Africa, this course explores the challenges and complexities of delivering health in under-resourced settings. Over the past sixty years, various development models and policies have been applied locally and globally. We will critically examine the theory and practice that underlies what has become ‘global health’ within an evolving development framework.Read more about Development and Global Health: A Critical Approach to Theory, Policy and Practice
Working in development involves meeting many moral dilemmas and challenges. For example, how should we treat the meeting of Western and local values? What do we think about animal treatment in the community in which we work? We should be loyal – but loyal to the organization which employs us or to the clients? What is sexual harassment? And so on. In this course we shall discuss these are other dilemmas and try to offer tools of moral reasoning in order to face such dilemmas. Read more about Ethics of International Organizations
This course focuses on the identity construction processes of refugee communities and asylum-seekers, and places them within the broader political and strategic dynamics typical of the contemporary ‘age of migration’. Read more about Refugees & Development
Gender and development constitutes its own academic sub-field and has proven to be an enduring international policy and planning focus. With this in mind, the foundational questions that underlie this course are: Why should the issue of gender constitute a legitimate planning tradition in its own right? Why do the proliferating numbers of policies and plans for action in gender and development often fail to be implemented?Read more about Gender and International Development
Social entrepreneurship is a growing field of practice and of academic research. The course will discuss the differences between social and commercial entrepreneurship. Furthermore, it will grapple with the challenge of increasing social value utilizing theories of innovation that were developed in the commercial sector.
This reading course examines the link between spatial planning and social policy. Classroom discussion centers on short articles in English that look at the experience in Israel and internationally, including in developing countries.Read more about Spatial Justice and Cities
This research methods course provides students with intensive knowledge of the theory and practice of program evaluation research with an emphasis on its practical relevance for local community development organizations, national and international agencies, funders from the public, private, third sectors, and other policymakers.Read more about Program Evaluation for Community Development and Social Change
In the domain of international development, religion has often been regarded as a conservative hindrance to social progress, and religious worldviews have come to be associated with challenges they pose to development in terms of both aims and practice.Read more about Religion and International Development
This course explores how qualitative research—characterized as inductive, non-statistical, interpretive and exploratory—constitutes social science research. It walks students through the steps of academic research with a qualitative focus: How to identify a robust research question, choose an appropriate data collection method and research design, address research bias, gain first-hand experience applying methods during a unique, two-day, off-campus research practicum, and finally, transform field data into academic text through preliminary analysis.Read more about Qualitative Research Methods
The field of community development seeks to increase well-being among vulnerable populations and to guide governments and civil society toward humane, equitable and environmentally sound programs and policies that contribute to freedom from poverty, gender equality, access to education and livelihood opportunities and overall sustainable human development.
This course focuses on several major topics regarding economic development and the position of developing countries in the contemporary trading system. The course addresses the principal dimensions and measurement of "underdevelopment", principal theories of development (i.e., why some countries managed to become "developed" while the other remained underdeveloped?), the basic principles of the GATT/WTO system, the WTO special rules regarding trade with developing countries.Read more about The International Dimension of Development