The course deals with questions of poverty and disadvantage both in the developed and the developing world. After discussing various definitions of poverty and their pros and cons we shall focus on political and moral aspects of poverty and the policy aimed at reducing poverty. We shall learn about the capabilities theory as developed by Amartya Sen and later by Wolff and de Shalit.
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 Public Health
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
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.
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 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
This is a practical course (taught in two parts) designed to guide students in creating and preparing for their internship. The first section of the course (first semester), takes the format of a workshop, and is held every other week. The workshop's role is to prepare students for choosing their placements and applying for their internships.Read more about Pre-internship: Mapping the World of Development
What allows countries to develop? What holds development and growth in certain regions? Why many developing countries in Africa have seen lower levels of growth and development in recent decades than Asians states? This course examines these questions and many others by discussing various models in development economics and exploring their application in reality. Read more about Development Economics: Principles and Application