International Development

Mobility, Power and Politics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2023
This course incorporates insights from the new mobilities paradigm in studying the linkages between movement, power and politics in the contemporary era. The course will discuss how issues of mobility are central to many lives and many organizations, and how movement intersects with the spatialization and materialization of power, difference and inequality within societies. Students will come to an understanding of how mobility, and control over mobility, both reflects and...
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Human Rights and Gender Relations

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
Are human rights expanding or contracting worldwide? In this course, we trace the global spread of human rights rhetoric over time and compare it to human rights practices. We focus especially on human rights issues respecting gender relations and expression, which are at the heart of contemporary international conflicts. In this endeavor, we examine temporal trends and patterns across topics such as childbearing and contraception, intimate partnerships, parenting, and physical and...
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Social Theory, In and Out of Africa

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
Social Theory, In and Out of Africa examines some of the major con­cep­tual and methodological approaches that have shaped the history of social thought in, from, and about Africa. In so doing, it will address the historical roots, political invest­ments, and philosophical foundations of theory-making as they have taken shape in the crucible of empire, with Africa serving largely as the object of hegemonic Eurocentric knowledge-production. The readings will explore the interplay of...
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The End of Communism

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Examines how and why communism collapsed in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Places the events of 1989/1991, usually considered sudden and shocking, within the political, economic, social, and cultural context of the surrounding decades (1970-2000). Considers both international and domestic factors, including the Cold War and the arms race; ideology and dissent; consumption and culture; oil, economics and the environment; nationalism and civil war; gender and health. Investigates the role of structural conditions and contingency in history. 

 

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Continuing Conflict: Old Challenges and New Debates

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022
The course focuses on two theaters of continuing conflict: Afghanistan and the Sahel region in Africa, the world’s most conflict heavy region. Collaborating with UN Security Council non-permanent members, this class will examine these recent conflicts, its impact on women, and the role of women as peace builders. From the denial of women's and girl's education in the recent Taliban takeover in Afghanistan to Africa’s Sahel region’s climate collapse which has impacted a gathering...
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