Jun 10, 2023
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In the International Development and Social Change program, students learn from people who are actively engaged in vital world issues, for example, globalization, nationalism, displacement of indigenous people in India, food scarcity in Ethiopia, black social movements in Colombia, and social justice and education in South Africa. The program begins by building a foundation to help students to understand and think critically about the social, political, economic and cultural dynamics shaping the world. Courses provide important insights on how the developed and developing worlds are linked historically and at present. Clark University is one of the few universities in the nation to offer a liberal-arts major in international development.
Beyond the classroom—in workshops, panels, and informal gatherings—international development and social change majors learn from faculty, as well as from undergraduate and graduate students, with field experience from around the world. Students have the opportunity to expand this knowledge with hands-on experience through internships and field research.
As a major in this program, you will be part of a diverse student body and discover a program that offers intellectual excitement, insightful perspectives and stimulating ideas. International development students explore strategic political action by developing an awareness of the complexities and contradictions of global power relations. You will learn the history of social change around the world from professors who have been involved in social change in Asia, South America and Africa. Students in this major become thinkers and doers who are prepared to tackle the challenges of development in the 21st century.
Kiran Asher, Ph.D.
David Bell, Ed.D.
Ramon Borges-Mendez, Ph.D.
Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D. -
Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
William Fisher, Ph.D.
Ellen Foley, Ph.D. -
Liza Grandia, Ph.D.
Heidi Larson, Ph.D.
Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Hamil Pearsall, Ph.D.
Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Joseph de Rivera, Ph.D.
Jody Emel, Ph.D.
Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Geoghegan, Ph.D.
Amy Ickowitz, Ph.D.
James T. Murphy, Ph.D.
Richard Peet, Ph.D.
Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
- AS 281 - China Rising: The People’s Republic of China since 1949
- BIOL 201 - Ecology of Atlantic Shores
- BIOL 232 - Landscape Ecology
- ECON 108 - International Economics: Trade and Finance
- ECON 128 - Intro to Economic Development
- ECON 177 - Japanese and Chinese Economies
- ECON 247 - Economics of Population
- EN 171 - International Perspectives on Environmental Problems and Policies
- EN 265 - Risk Analysis: Policy and Methods
- GEOG 016 - Introduction to Economic Geography
- GEOG 087 - Introduction to Environmental Information Systems
- GEOG 107 - Miracles of Asia: Economic Growth in Global Contexts
- GEOG 127 - Political Economy of Development
- GEOG 179 - Global Environmental Justice
- GEOG 184 - Nomads to Oil Sheikhs: The New Geography of the Middle East
- GEOG 237 - Feminism, Nature and Culture
- GEOG 256 - Global Economic Geographies
- GEOG 257 - Internet Geography: Socioeconomic Impacts of Information Technologies
- GEOG 260 - Quantitative Environmental Modeling
- GEOG 271 - Groundwater Hydrology and Management
- GEOG 280 - Urban Ecology: Cities as Ecosystems
- GEOG 281 - Tropical Ecology
- GEOG 282 - Advanced Remote Sensing
- GEOG 284 - Environment and Development in the Middle East and North Africa
- GES 110 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods
- GES 120 - Discovering Environmental Science
- GES 126 - Living in the Material World: The Political Geography of Resource Development
- GES 136 - Gender and Environment
- HGS 136 - Sub-Saharan Africa: Issues and Problems
- HIST 077 - Introduction to Latin-American Civilization
- HIST 084 - Japanese Civilization
- HIST 179 - The History of Traditional Africa
- HIST 180 - History of Modern Africa
- HIST 181 - Chinese Civilization
- HIST 182 - Modern China
- HIST 184 - Modern Japan
- HIST 272 - Advanced Topics on Latin America: Many Mexicos
- HIST 282 - Chinese Women in Literature and Society
- HIST 288 - Seminar in Chinese History
- ID 011 - Making a Difference
- ID 052 - Global Change, Regional Challenges
- ID 070 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
- ID 101 - Introduction to Peace Studies
- ID 103 - Africa and the World
- ID 112 - Leading Issues in Sustainable Development
- ID 120 - Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
- ID 125 - Tales from the Far Side: Third World Development and Underdevelopment in the Age of Globalization
- ID 130 - Intro to Economic Development
- ID 131 - Local Action/Global Change: The Urban Context
- ID 132 - Research Methods for International Development and Social Change
- ID 133 - Law and Culture
- ID 137 - Race and Ethnicity Across Borders: Comparing the Local and Global
- ID 140 - Francophone Literature and Film
- ID 155 - The Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
- ID 160 - Health and Disease in Developing World
- ID 161 - Global Cultures and Identities
- ID 170 - Ecology and Economy in the Tropics
- ID 172 - Islands in the Stream: Puerto Rico and the French Antilles
- ID 173 - Introduction to Latin-American Politics/Lecture, Discussion
- ID 176 - Comparative Economic Systems
- ID 180 - International Organizations
- ID 182 - Are We Modern Yet?
- ID 186 - South Africa: History and Contemporary Politics
- ID 190 - Intro to Geographic Information Syestem
- ID 192 - Political Economy of Asia
- ID 204 - International and Comparative Analysis of Community Development
- ID 205 - Risks and Rumor in Global Health
- ID 206 - Peasants, Rural Development and Agrarian Change
- ID 207 - Culture, Health, and Power: Introduction to Medical Anthropology.
- ID 209 - Beyond Victims and Guardian Angels: Third World Women, Gender and Development
- ID 213 - Computer Programming for GIS
- ID 214 - Applying Anthropology: From Field Work to Action
- ID 217 - International Political Economy
- ID 219 - Politics and Development in Southern Africa
- ID 221 - Education and Development
- ID 222 - Economy and Environment
- ID 225 - Political Economy, Geography, and Culture in South Asia-A Survey
- ID 227 - Ideologies of Race in Development
- ID 228 - Economic Development
- ID 230 - Africa’s Development in Global Context
- ID 234 - The Age of Atlantic Revolutions
- ID 235 - Trafficking: Globalization and Its Illicit Commodities
- ID 236 - The Atlantic World
- ID 237 - Program Evaluation for Youth and Community Development Initiatives
- ID 243 - Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency
- ID 245 - Culture, Politics, and International Development
- ID 248 - Gender and Health
- ID 249 - The French-Speaking World
- ID 250 - Aid and Empire
- ID 251 - Nongovernment Organizations: Catalysts for Development
- ID 253 - Social Movements, Globalization and the State
- ID 256 - Open Source Internet GIS and Mapping
- ID 258 - Controlling Capitalism
- ID 259 - Religion, Identity and Violence in a Globalizing World
- ID 261 - Roots and Routes: Immigrants, Diasporas and Travel
- ID 262 - Famine and Food Security
- ID 263 - Youth for Community and Development
- ID 264 - Advanced Topics in Development Theory
- ID 265 - Global Issues in Education
- ID 266 - Principles of Negotiation and Mediation: An Overview of Conflict Resolution Approaches
- ID 268 - Global Ethnographies: Ethnographers in the Making for the 21st Century
- ID 269 - Capitalism, Nature Development
- ID 271 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
- ID 272 - Environment and Justice in Latin Ame
- ID 279 - 20th-Century Latin America
- ID 285 - States of Violence: Culture, Trauma, and Identity in Asia
- ID 287 - Critical Cartographies: Mapping Culture, History, and Power
- ID 289 - Development Policy
- ID 290 - Senior Capstone Seminar
- ID 291 - Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World.
- ID 294 - Environment, Culture and Development
- ID 295 - Globalization and Democracy
- ID 296 - Advance Vector GIS
- ID 297 - Honors Thesis
- ID 298 - Internship
- ID 299 - Directed Study
- IDCE 30205 - Climate Change, Energy and Development
- IDCE 30206 - Technology and Sustainability: Perspectives from the Global South
- IDCE 30263 - The Climate System and Global Environmental Change
- IDCE 30293 - Youth and Community Development: Theory, Policy and Practice
- IDCE 305 - Qualitative Research Methods, Skills and Applications
- IDCE 324 - Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Geography
- IDCE 332 - Sustainable Development Assessment and Planning
- IDCE 392 - GIS & Accuracy Assessment
- PSCI 090 - Political Science Fiction
- PSCI 117 - Revolution and Political Violence
- PSCI 177 - Transitions to Democracy
- PSCI 201 - The HIV/AIDS Crisis in Africa
- PSCI 208 - Comparative Politics of Women
- PSCI 211 - International Cooperation
- PSCI 216 - Comparative Environmental Politics
- PSCI 218 - Child Labor and Globalization
- PSCI 240 - Human Rights and International Politics
- PSCI 283 - Global AIDS: The Pandemic in Comparative Perspective
- PSCI 286 - Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
- PSCI 289 - Advanced Topics in International Relations
- PSCI 290 - U.S. - Latin American Relations
- SOC 250 - Culture, Consumption and Class in Local and Global Contexts
- SOC 255 - The Creation of Nationalism, Nationalist Cultures and Symbols
- SOC 288 - Globalization: Fashion and Foul Play
- UDSC 232 - Population, Environment and Development
- WS 273 - Gender, Politics and Development in Africa
International Development and Social Change Internships
Internships provide an opportunity to gain insight and experience in development through work in government or nonprofit agencies. Recently, students have had overseas internships with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, the American Jewish World Service in El Salvador, the London Internship Program, and the World Health Organization in Geneva. Other interns have worked in the United States on national and international development issues with the Environmental Defense Fund, Grassroots International, Oxfam America, Habitat for Humanity, MassPIRG, Save the Children, Aid to Artisans, and Lutheran Community Services Refugee Program.
All International Development majors must undertake an internship for academic credit. Internships for credit must be supervised or sponsored by core ID faculty or affiliate IDCE faculty with the approval of your faculty adviser. You should register for ID 299 the semester during the internship to receive credit. If your internship is during the summer, you should register through COPACE.
For more information, visit www.clarku.edu/departments/idce/id/ba.
Many international development students have learned about development issues first-hand through Study Abroad programs, such as those in Namibia and the Dominican Republic. Students have also studied abroad on related programs at the University of East Anglia in England, with the School for Field Studies in Mexico and Costa Rica, and with the School for International Training in Nepal, Mali and Morocco. Please contact the Study Abroad office at Clark for information on study-abroad options. You should discuss your study-abroad plans in advance with your major adviser to maximize your learning experience. For more information, visit www.clarku.edu/offices/studyabroad/.
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