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
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 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
Actions performed in the public sphere raise many ethical issues. They always involve intervention in the regular course of things; and quite often the intervention has major effects on people's lives. The international arena is even more complex. Issues of legitimacy, which are at the national level quite settled, are hotly debated at the international level. Therefore, the main focus of the course – over and above the ordinary issues of public ethics – will be on an examination of this issue of legitimacy.Read more about Ethics of International Organizations by Dr. Gad Prudovsky