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The Anthropology of Globalization and Localization - Dr. Raquel Romberg (required)

This course addresses cultural globalization processes in light of current debates about their effects on local cultures—one of the key sites of both anthropological and nationalist discourses. One of the analytical aims of this course is to question the unidirectionality implied in most globalization theories and the essentialism implied in conventional ideas of culture, and assess—via combined macro and micro lenses—not only the impact of global processes on particular local histories, but also how the sets of voices that are marginalized by global discourses re-enter them, speaking in them and to them.

Another one of the practical goals of this course is to allow students to experiment with various proposal-writing and oral-presentation styles (in English) that will be useful in their future training in the field. For this purpose, final projects will mock both the stages and the final product of a project proposal.

 

Development Economics: Principles and Application – Dr. Reut Barak (required)

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.

Among the topics which will be discussed in class are: the relationship between growth and inequality; various dimensions of poverty; the role of the agriculture sector in development; the impact of access to education and health on development; credit and markets and the role of institutions in development.

All will include a discussion on relevant literature and examples from case studies.

As a degree in economics is not a precondition to the program, Students are encouraged to take a preparatory class covering basic concepts in micro and macro-economics, relevant to the course.

 

Mapping the World of Development – Ms. Aya Navon (required)

This is a practical course designed to provide students with the technical and professional background they will need before embarking on the internship. The course begins by introducing students to the world of development, through providing an overview of the global framework for aid allocation, and highlighting the main actors in the field. The course is workshop based and throughout it students are supported in their journey of choosing placement options, given assistance in researching different organizations and in initiating contact, and during the application process they learn valuable skills regarding how to draft professional cover letters and CVs. In the second half of the course students are guided as they develop their internship work plans, build project budgets and undertake preliminary research.

 

Ethics of International Organizations - Dr. Gad Prudovsky (required)

Actions which are done 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.

The examination includes the questioning of some deep seated convictions regarding human welfare and human development: If officers in international organizations use their power in order to improve lives, they must devote some thinking to their conception of human flourishing and to why they are justified in their attempt to implement it.

The aim of the course is to help the participants in the developing of their own informed conception of human flourishing and of their role in furthering it .
During the 1990’s, these issues were re-organized into a new sub-discipline – Ethics of Development.

 

Program Evaluation for Community Development and Social Change – Dr. Nancy Strichman (elective highly recomended)

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. Readings, assignments and interactive class sessions focus on: state-of-the art evaluation approaches at program, organizational, state, and broader levels; criteria for developing a good fit between evaluation approaches and specific organizations and programs and in particular cultural and cross-cultural contexts; criteria and design principles for developing effective evaluation designs and selecting appropriate quantitative and qualitative data collection strategies; and the political and ethical dimensions of evaluation research, especially in terms of international development initiatives. Students will become familiar with the use of participatory processes in every stage of an evaluation implementation, from the design through the reporting phases.

 

Social Change and Population Structure in the Third World - Guy Stecklov (elective highly recomended)

This course is an immersion into a critical field of research on development and its
demographic implications and consequences. A range of topics are covered over the course of the semester. Evidence and its interpretation weighs heavily in the debates about macro level patterns and impacts on development as well as micro level changes and constraints to development.

Many ongoing polemics in this field are particularly salient in the context of development and demographic interactions. We focus heavily on interpretation of the available evidence and students are expected to examine data on their own and make interpretations. In the context of each of these sections of deliberation in the course, we will be faced with the need to reexamine both micro and macro level influences and their interaction.

While an attempt is given to cover a wide set of regions and historical studies are also examined for gaining a deeper understanding, both the relevance of sub-Saharan African development and my own experience will lead us to focus more on this region than others over the course of the semester.

 

The Program seminar – Prof. Steven Kaplan (required)

The program seminar will host a variety of development practitioners allowing students to engage with the new models practiced in the field and the unique challenges they pose. Practitioners will share their experience with the Glocal student providing them with current examples of full complexity of development work in different local contexts.

Among the speakers in 2011-2012 were: 

  • Mr. Alan Doran, Private Sector Advocacy Team, Oxfam GB
  • Mr. Yehuda Paz, Founder and director of SID, Society for international Development and of NISPED,  the Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development.
  • Dr. Wolday Amha, Executive Director Association of Ethiopian Microfinance Institutions,
  • Sir James Wolfensohn, Former President of the World Bank
  • Honorable Paul Hunt, Canadian Embassador to Israel

 

Integrative Seminar – Ms. Bella Kovner (required 2nd year)

The Seminar is the final stage of the study process. In it, the students will have the opportunity to revisit their internship experiences and unpack what they have learned about development work in both theory and practice. During the seminar, the students will present the work they have done within their respective organizations, and provide feedback to other presentations, as they prepare to present their posters and write their final papers .

 

Skills for Development – Ms. Aya Navon (required)

This course will provide students with a professional framework in Community-based Development. Assembled specially for the "Glocal Community-Development" program, this course will complement the academic courses of the program by focusing on technical and perceptual skills needed in the internship and later in the field .
The course focuses on two seemingly contradictory yet complementary domains.

The first emphasizes the ability to improvise, to "jump in" and skillfully engage in different aspects of development work, dealing with whatever comes up and doing whatever it takes to deal with constantly changing realities. Students will practice a verity of skills from creating project budgets to composing a short YouTube video. The second section emphasizes the ability to "step back" and reflect on the situation and our acts within it. Searching for new perspectives and alternatives, developing the flexibility needed in order to adjust to the ever-changing reality of development work. This will be done by focusing on skills such as reflective and complex thinking, dialog and cross-cultural skills and their connection to community empowerment and ownership . The course will be conducted as a series of full day workshops, combining theoretical perspectives and hands-on experience. The workshops will host leading professionals in these different fields .

 

Development and State-Building in the "Palestinian Territories" – Dr. Bashir Bashir (elective)

During the last 20 years we have witnessed an evident and increased impact of international players and development agencies, especially the US, EU, World Bank, and IMF on contributing to shaping the terminologies and discourses that are used to frame and discuss the Palestinian demand for independence and statehood. Put differently, communities of donors as well as development agencies have become major partners in shaping, and in some cases determining, the interests, references, and priorities of the Palestinian authority and its development policies.

This course seeks to trace these developments; explore their limits and possibilities; and identify the major discourses that have emerged in the context of state-building in the Palestinian Territories. More specifically, the course will focus on discourses such as peacemaking; good governance and state-building; humanitarian aid; and decolonization. 

The course aims to provide students with a good and critical grasp of different and competing discourses of developments and state-building; to encourage students to think in an interdisciplinary manner; and to provide the groundwork for further research in debates of state-building, post-conflict development, civil society and donor community.

 

Health and Development: A critical approach to theory, policy and practice – Dr. Maureen Malowany (elective)

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.

 

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