Elective

Poverty, Inequality and Disadvantage

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

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.

The course is taught by Prof. Avner De-Shalit

Development and Public Health

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

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.

Gender and International Development

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

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?

Strategic Approaches to Social Innovation

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

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.

The course is taught by Dr. Jonathan Mirvis

The International Dimension of Development

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

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.

Globalization and Organizations by Prof. Gili Drori

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

The course reviews both issues - globalization and organizations – while focusing on those topics that link between the two. It discusses how organizations serve as the carriers of globalization processes: how, while expanding their activities worldwide, organizations proliferate social procedures, establish isomorphic structures, and diffuse cultural patterns. The course also reviews how, on the other hand, globalization processes encourage the formation of organizations and determine their shape worldwide.