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NOTE: This program will not be available in Summer 2020.  Check back for updates at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

Course Title: PublPol 890: Special Topics - International Development, India

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  • Development Theory and Analysis

    Professor Anirudh Krishna, Program Director, teaches a module of the Development Theory and Analysis course. Krishna is a professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, whose research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness.

Course modules are taught by professors from Duke University and the Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur. Course modules include: Concept and Theories of Development, Investigative Tools and Methods, Managing Development, Thematic Modules (including Migration, Health, Education, and Environment), and Professional Skills.

During the course, students will work on a culminating project proposal for their assigned NGO. Their work will require 14 days of fieldwork over three field visits. The course is uniquely designed to directly relate to student’s internship with a local NGO. You can see a description of this assignment from our 2018 program here.

Development Theory and Analysis

Development classes will present an overview of important concepts of development and provide an introduction to methods of field investigation and analysis. The concepts that will be discussed are related, first, to smaller and more local levels of interaction: the region, the community, a household, an individual, and second, to big-picture facts and theories – concerned with activities and relationships at the national and global levels. In other words, we will look at both bottom-up and top-down dynamics influencing the outcomes of development. The methods classes will cover a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques.

See course syllabus from the summer 2018 program here.

Management for Development 

This program helps students learn about the organizations that manage development programs and develop skills relevant to development management. Modules cover a variety of topics, including principles and practice in nonprofit management, process and practices of NGOs in the Indian context, budgets and cost-benefit analysis, staffing and human resources, and financial management. In addition, there will be lectures on specific thematic areas – such as health, education, and the environment – given by experienced professionals from donor agencies, NGOs, and government departments.

See course syllabus from the summer 2018 program here.