2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
    Mar 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

IDCE 30399 - MDGs and the Post 2015 Development Agenda


This course explores the politics and practice of global development “policy” by critically examining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including their systems of design, targets, participation, commitments, responsibilities, implementation, accountability, and funding. The course draws on the analytical framework of global public policy and governance that examines the complexity and tensions of pursuing international development cooperation in the context of national sovereignty. We will also explore the contradictions inherent in efforts to “improve lives” around the world. The course consists of three inter-related sections. For the first few weeks we will examine concepts of global development policy and planning by exploring the various frameworks that underpin post-war development governance. This approach will help us understand how various stakeholders - states and institutions - construct the global development apparatus. In part II of the course we will explore the history, politics and core principles of the Millennium Development Goals and the new Sustainable Development Goals, as well as their aspirations, achievements and failures. The final section will look at the multiple consequences (intended and unintended) of the post-2015 development agenda.

Anticipated Terms Offered: annually