Economic and Political Development (EPD)

Economic and Political Development Curriculum

The Concentration in Economic and Political Development (EPD) program is a series of four two-semester courses on the principles of macroeconomic policy, microeconomic policy, quantitative analysis, and management. Complementing this skills-oriented core sequence of the curriculum are courses designed to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of development economics, the political context of development, and the global economic environment.

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José Antonio Ocampo, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs; Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration

Eugenia McGill, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs; Associate Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration

Lisa Anderson, James T. Shotwell Professor Emerita of International Relations

Jeffrey Ashe, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Rainer Braun, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Eric Cantor, Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Thomas Casazzone, Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

John Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia University

Daniel Corstange, Assistant Professor of Political Science and of International and Public Affairs

Leif Doerring, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Helen Epstein, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jendayi Frazer, Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Michelle Greene, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Stephen Hadley, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Holly Hammonds, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Alexander HeilAdjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Claude Henry, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Pratima Kale, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Kristy Kelly, Adjunct Assistant Professor in International and Public Affairs

Paul F. Lagunes, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

John Lawrence, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Alessia Lefébure, Adjunct Assistant Professor in International and Public Affairs

Francesco Mancini, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Barbara MagnoniAdjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Scott Martin, Adjunct Assistant Professor in International and Public Affairs

Timothy Mitchell, Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Africa Studies, and of International and Public Affairs

Louise Moretto, Adjunct Assistant Professor in International and Public Affairs

Maria Victoria Murillo, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Suresh Naidu, Assistant Professor in Economics and International and Public Affairs

Sidney NakahodoLecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Daniel Naujoks, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Adam Nelson, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Camilla Nestor, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Akbar Noman, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Special Advisor to the President

Julie PonceletAdjunct Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Jyotsna Puri, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Zaki Raheem, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Julissa Reynoso, Adjunct Professor of Law and of International and Public Affairs

Christopher Sabatini, Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs 

Michael Silverman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Diego UbfalVisiting Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Miguel Urquiola, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics

Eric Verhoogen, Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics; Vice Dean, School of International and Public Affairs

Maxine Weisgrau, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

The Concentration in Economic and Political Development (EPD) requires 18 credits, consisting of 6 three-point courses: 2 core courses (economic development and political development); 2 development practice courses (methods and workshop); and 2 professional focus area courses.

Note: EPD students are also required to satisfy the MIA language requirement.

The Professional Focus Area requirement allows EPD students to focus their coursework in one of four substantive areas: Economic Development (ECON), Political Development (POLI), Social Development (SOC), or Sustainable Development (SUS). Since development is a multidisciplinary field, many EPD courses may straddle two or more professional focus areas (e.g. Issues in Rural Development, Development Evaluation or Corporate Social Responsibility).

Students should consult the EPD - Professional Focus Area page for a list of courses that can be counted toward their Professional Focus Area. Students may count one regional course toward this focus area (Economic Development, Political Development, Social Development, or Sustainable Development).

Please note, the information below is meant to act as a guide; it is in no way an exhaustive list or an endorsement of any of the courses below.

Political Development Courses

Select one of the following:

INAF U6172Political Development in the Developing World3
INAF U6176Multidisciplinary Approaches to Development3
INAF U6412State Society in the Developing World3
INAF U6538State Building in the Developing World3
INAF U8260Authoritarianism: Accountability and Policy-Making in Non-Democratic Settings3
Other (requires approval)

Economic Development Courses

Select one of the following:

INAF U6602Economic Development for International Affairs3
INAF U8145Advanced Economic Development for International Affairs3
Other (requires approval)

Development Practice Courses

EPD students must take the following:

INAF U6827Methods for Development Practice3
SIPA U9001Capstone Workshop in Development Practice 13

Professional Focus Area Courses

Students select ONE of four professional focus area for 6 points: Economic Development, Political Development, Social Development, or Sustainable Development. To view a complete list of courses, visit the EPD - Professional Focus Area page.

All students are encouraged to discuss their proposed schedule with their advisor.

Year 1
Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA), Politics of Policy Making (MPA)14SIPA U4201 or U640113
Core: Management Course or Financial Management 3SIPA U65003
SIPA U4200 or U640013INAF U6602 (or INAF U8145)3
Concentration Core Course3Specialization Course 13
SIPA U40400.5Concentration Core Course:3
 Concentration Core Course:3
 13.5 18
Year 2
Specialization Course 23EPD Professional Focus Area Course 223
EPD Professional Focus Area Course 123SIPA U900113
EPD Course or Elective3Specialization Course 33
Core: Management Course or Financial Mangement Course3Internship Registration (optional)1.5,3
INAF U682713Elective3
 15 13.5-15
Total Points: 60-61.5

 Course must be taken in the semester listed.


 For more information on Professional Focus Area courses click here.

Year 1

Foreign Language - For MIA students and EPD concentrators who need to take language courses to fulfill the degree/concentration requirement, your schedule may need to be adjusted accordingly.

Year 2

Core- MIA students are required to take one Interstate Relations course.

EPD Courses

INAF U6164 Political Economy of Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core, MIA Core: Interstate Relations

Prerequisites: EPD students receive registration priority

This course tackles the big questions and theories in development through the case of sub-Saharan Africa. We compare development patterns within Africa, but understand the continent (and the process of development) by comparing it to the Americas, Asia, and (to some extent) the development of the West.

INAF U6172 Political Development in the Developing World. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core

Prerequisites: Restricted to EPD students

This course will examine enduring and new debates in political development and their implications for policy and policymaking. Matters of state-society relations, democracy and democratization, how political change occurs, and the role of institutions have been heavily researched and discussed in academia. Those discussions and issues have also shaped policy and policy debates (and not always in a good way) in development, diplomacy and domestic policymaking. The course will examine many of the traditional issues of political development, such as state-society relations, structure versus agency, democracy, as well as new topics including the growth of identity politics and the implications of the rise of the Global South on politics and democracy.

INAF U8243 Politics and Public Sector Reform in Developing Countries. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core

Prerequisites: Restricted to EPD students

The course emphasizes the politically contentious elements of public management reforms in developing countries, including, inter alia, civil service downsizing, merit and performance based human resource management, and probity and transparency in public financial management practices. By looking at available political analysis of efforts to initiate and implement sustained changes of this type in a range of poor and middle-income countries, the objective is to try to extract general lessons of what goes wrong and right politically. Students will be encouraged to think strategically about how real reforms can be engineered to optimize political as well as technical feasibility. While the focus is on developing contexts, some advanced country examples will also be referenced to illustrate general principles.

INAF U6602 Economic Development for International Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core, USP, USP:Urban

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the economics of international development. The key objective is to give students a framework to think about the processes that drive economic development, as well as policies that might promote it.

INAF U8145 Advanced Economic Development for International Affairs. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, USP, USP:Urban
Pre-req: SIPA U6400

This is an advanced course in development economics, designed for second-year SIPA students. The course will cover both seminar papers and recent research on development microeconomics. The goal is to introduce students to the literature and familiarize them with the main research methods and questions in the field. After an introduction on the big macro questions and motivating facts, including some quantitative tools and a discussion on poverty traps, the course will focus on key topics in the microeconomics of development. We will discuss the different hypotheses that can explain low investment levels in human capital (nutrition, health, education, entrepreneurship programs) and on agricultural inputs. Then, we will focus on the most recent developments related to microfinance (credits, savings and insurance). The course will also include papers at the intersection between behavioral economics and development, with focus on self-control problems. Coursework includes empirical exercises, requiring some programming in Stata. Material discussed during class presumes knowledge of calculus and quantitative methods.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 98147 Eric Verhoogen Th 9:00am - 10:50am
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 82281 Eric Verhoogen Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 10286 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 12197 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
510a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6827 Methods for Development Practice. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core

This course is the first part of a two-course sequence for advanced students concentrating in Economic and Political Development. The second part is the Workshop in Development Practice (SIPA U9001). These courses are integrated into a year-long encounter with the actual practice of development. The course seeks to help students develop a conceptual and critical understanding of some of the key tools and approaches employed by organizations in development practice, and to skill students in using these approaches and tools in a discerning, ethical and effective manner that recognizes their shortcomings and limitations. The course takes a hands-on approach and promotes learning by doing. Questions of "Whose development? Whose priorities and agenda? Whose proposed solutions and strategies?" are ever present in choosing development approaches and outcomes. Development work, to the extent it involves development organizations and workers entering as external agents of change into a national arena or local community, is an intensely political exercise. What has changed in the course of development practice is that development workers increasingly perceive themselves less as direct agents of change - delivering top-down transfers of knowledge and resources from those who know best or have more, to those in need or who need to be influenced - and more as facilitators of change. According to this approach, the development worker seeks to act as a medium and partner in identifying local needs and priorities, and helping to translate these into equitable and sustainable development outcomes through knowledge-sharing, empowerment, capacity building and/or additional resources. However, this transition has been uneven, and externally-driven, top-down approaches persist. Development workers also need to be continually aware of the values, assumptions and biases that they bring to their interactions with local actors and that are implicit in the approaches and tools that they use. With needs, priorities and agendas contested across many levels and sets of interests, the job of a development worker is a complex and responsible one. To that end, this course also challenges students to reflect on their goals and desired approaches in their future roles as development agents. Registration in this course requires an application. Priority will be given to second-year EPD students. Apply at:

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 93548 Eugenia McGill W 11:00am - 12:50pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 002 97246 Eugenia McGill W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 003 98597 Paul Lagunes Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 84029 F 9:00am - 10:30am
407 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R02 90945 F 11:00am - 12:30pm
407 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R03 17498 F 11:00am - 12:30pm
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R03 17498 F 9:00am - 10:30am
405 International Affairs Bldg

SIPA U9001 Capstone Workshop in Development Practice. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core, MIA/MPA Core: Capstone Workshop

The Capstone Workshop in Development Practice is one of most exciting opportunities within the EPD concentration, and is also open to a limited number of students in other concentrations. Officially, it is a spring-semester course for second-year master's degree students, but workshop activities begin in the fall semester through the course on Methods for Development Practice. Through the workshop, students gain practical experience by engaging in on-going cutting-edge development efforts, often involving country fieldwork. Working in teams with a faculty supervisor, students assist a variety of clients on a wide array of assignments in international development. Students take a multidisciplinary approach to their work and learn extensively from each other as well as from the hands-on tasks of the workshop itself. Another key strength of the workshop is that it allows students to explore the intersection of development concerns with human rights, corporate social responsibility, humanitarian affairs, public health and environmental policy.  Reflecting the utility of workshop assignments, a number of workshop reports are available on client websites and have been published. Past clients have included UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNIFEM; the World Bank; national and local governments; NGOs such as Catholic Relief Services, Endeavor, FilmAid International, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, International Rescue Committee, Seva Mandir, Trickle Up, WaterAid, and Women's Refugee Commission; and development advisors such as DAI and Technoserve. The precise scope of the workshop project and outputs that the students will deliver are negotiated with each client.

INAF U4090 Accountability in Humanitarian Assistance. 1 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Social, HRHP
Spring 2017 Course Dates: April 8 & 9

This short course will explore the concept of accountability within humanitarian intervention. In particular it will look at the contemporary significance of accountability for humanitarian response – when and why it has become an important concept for humanitarian intervention, and specific events that have led to a shift from donors to recipients of aid as the agents of accountability and how it is being implemented in the field. Key questions that will be explored include:  To whom are humanitarian agencies accountable? What are the competing accountabilities and how do these influence program decisions and agency performance? Why is accountability to affected people important during a humanitarian response? Aside from ideological views, why should the humanitarian sector be concerned with accountability to affected people? What are its end goals? What does an effective accountability mechanism look like? How do agencies implement it? Do these work? In what contexts? How is their effectiveness being measured? By whom? Through an exploration of case studies from the field (including 2005 South East Asian tsunami, Pakistan earthquake and flood response, Haiti earthquake, European Migration of 2015/2016), a mix of lecture, group exercise, video presentation, the course will address the above questions. Guest speakers will be brought in to discuss the issues with those who are grappling with the accountability debates in the field.

INAF U4409 Political, Social & Economic Development in Brazil. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional
Course meets all semester

This course is a practicum, which has been designed to enable you to discuss major problems of contemporary Brazil with important political figures, business representatives, activists and analysts. Normally the guest speaker will make an opening statement of approximately 40 minutes and the rest of the time will be devoted to a discussion. Guest speakers may recommend one or two articles or documents they have written, or that they think are particularly relevant, for the policy issues they will discuss.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 14530 Sidney Nakahodo W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
802 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U4410 Political, Social & Economic Development in Brazil II. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional

This course is set-up in a form of a practicum where major activists concerned with Brazilian political, social and economic development will be asked to address a policy problem and discuss their proposals for effective changes. Other speakers will analyze the government's policies but will also discuss major new reports or studies, and bring to our attention key issues that are not yet on the policy agenda.

INAF U4545 Contemporary Diplomacy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, ISP, ICR, Regional, IO

This course examines the process of diplomacy; the patterns, purposes, and people that shape the contemporary interactions of states. In the first, entitled "Making War and Peace"- we look at a series of the most important episodes in twentieth-century diplomacy. In the second section under the heading "Professional Norms and Pathologies"-we consider some of the problems faced by diplomats in any period. The concluding section of the course called "The Newest 'New Diplomacy'"- takes up distinctive aspects of diplomacy in the current period: how the United States and other governments have dealt with the proliferation of multilateral organizations (and of weapons of mass destruction), with ethnic warfare and genocide, with the pressures and opportunities of globalization, and with the war on terrorism that began after September 11, 2001.

INAF U4890 Topics in Contempoary Turkey. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, Regional

This course proposes to examine in depth some of the major debates and issues faced by the citizens of the Turkish Republic at the present time. In doing so this course will briefly examine the origins of the modern Turkish State with a focus on how the founding realities and myths have aided or hindered contemporary Turkish society. This course will give particular emphasis to the interplay of domestic and international agendas in the larger framework of the current Turkish debates on such topics as accession negotiations to join the European Union, the PKK, civil society and the rights of women and ethnic minorities.

INAF U6016 Cost-Benefit Analysis. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, USP, USP:Urban, APEA, Management

Prerequisites: SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400 or SIPA U6401

This course aims to provide an introduction to cost-benefit analysis and the economic evaluation of government or development programs, projects and policies. The course consists of two parts: theory/methodology in the first half of the semester and application of the learned concepts through an analysis of various case studies in the second half. Case studies will cover the full range of possible applications of CBA -from early education, social policy, health, urban planning, transportation and energy to environmental regulations. Case studies will cover both the US and developing country contexts. In the second half of the semester students will be expected to apply what they have learned by carrying out a cost-benefit analysis on a topic of their choice. The project is expected to include all components of a professional CBA - description of policy or program scenarios to be evaluated, compilation and monetization of the main costs and benefits, development of an Excel model including discounting and sensitivity analysis.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 62346 Eva Weissman Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
411 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 63282 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
413 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6017 International Trade. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, APEA
Pre-req: SIPA U6400

The course has two dimensions: theory and policy. In the former, the fundamental models of international trade theory will be presented. Using these models we will try to understand why countries specialize and trade, what determines the pattern of trade (i.e., which country will export which good), and how trade affects relative prices, welfare, and income distribution within a country. The second part of the course deals with issues concerning trade policy.  We will compare the effects of and rationale behind the usage of various policy instruments such as tariffs, subsidies, quotas, etc. The political economy of trade policy and trade policy in developing countries will also be covered. Additional topics may be included at a later stage if time permits.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 73746 Benjamin Mandel Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
404 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 66046 F 11:00am - 12:50pm
403 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6018 International Finance & Monetary Theory. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP: International Finance Track, APEA
IFEP students receive registration priority; Pre-req: SIPA U6401

This is a "methods" course meant to provide students with the analytic tools necessary to think through "real life" international economic policy situations. The class is primarily meant for those interested in working at international financial institutions, the foreign-service, Wall Street, or the financial press. Lectures will, in part, be fairly rigorous though, if the student has taken first year economics, knows basic algebra, and (most importantly) can navigate graphs, he/she will be able to handle the material fairly easily. While theory will at times dominate, its policy relevance will be illustrated through i) l0-minute discussions at the beginning of every class on topical issues; ii) continuous references to recent economic/market episodes meant to illustrate the theoretical material; iii) reading short pieces of Wall Street research that cover timely market topics; and iv) the term paper that will be graded on how well theory and policy are integrated.  In terms of topics, the first half of the semester will develop an analytic framework that thinks though the concept of the "exchange rate" in terms of its (short and long term) determinants as well as the interaction between the exchange rate and macro variables such as growth, inflation, and monetary policy.  The second half of the semester we will investigate individual themes including exchange rate regimes; BoP crises and contagion; global imbalances and the savings glut; the role of FX in "inflation targeting" regimes; and capital markets and emerging markets finance.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 77283 Daniel Waldman M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
403 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6022 Economics of Finance. 3 Points.

Category: MIA, MPA, MIA/MPA Core: Financial Management, EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP: International Finance Track, APEA, Management

Finance deals with the theory of how households and firms use capital markets to allocate resources over time. The course will equip you with a solid theoretical foundation you can use to evaluate projects, investments and funding decisions. It will further acquaint you with the details of debt, equity and derivatives markets so you can apply your knowledge to practical problems

INAF U6039 International Banking. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: International Finance Track, IFEP: Economic Policy Track
Pre-req: SIPA U6401

An overview of current issues and major trends in global banking, exploring the distinction between developed and emerging markets, and focusing on the perspectives from the different actors and constituencies in the international markets: customers, regulators, governments, rating agencies, institutional investors, multilateral agencies, and management.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 12700 Fernando Sotelino M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
411 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6040 International Energy Project Finance. 3 Points.

Category: MPA-DP, EPD, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: GEMP, EE: ERM, Management

Prerequisites: INAF U6072 or SUMA K4155

Project finance is frequently employed in energy investment to allocate risk between major energy companies, entrepreneurs, equity and debt providers, government agencies, and other industry participants. The course will explain how this risk allocation is accomplished through a survey of projects in the various energy sectors: international oil & gas production, LNG export, electric generation both fossil-fueled and renewables, price-hedged and merchant. The objective of the course is to provide participants with a practical grasp of which types of energy projects are suitable for project finance. The following areas will be addressed: business risk analysis, cashflow analysis, and sources of equity and debt capital.

INAF U6041 Corporations and Human Rights. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, HRHP

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn about the growing importance of human rights and their impact in the world today. Through an in-depth examination of the field of business and human rights students will gain an understanding of the existing and emerging international human rights framework relevant to business, learn ways in which business and human rights intersect, and be exposed to the range of methods and tactics being employed by human rights advocates and businesses to address their human rights impacts. By the end of the course, the student will have a firm grasp of the current business and human rights debates, and be able to critically evaluate the efficacy of applying human rights standards to corporations and the effect of corporate practices on human rights. Classroom discussion will include a review of trends in human rights; the development of human rights principles or standards relevant to corporations; human rights issues facing business operations abroad; the growing public demand for greater accountability; strategies of civil society advocacy around business and human rights; collaborative efforts between business and non-profit organizations; and other issues managers must deal with. Through guest lectures, students will have the opportunity to engage first hand with business managers and advocacy professionals dealing with these issues. Attendance is mandatory in the first class session.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 16649 Joanne Bauer T 11:00am - 12:50pm
409 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6045 International Capital Markets. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: International Finance Track, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, APEA

The course will acquaint you modern international capital markets. You can expect to learn a substantial amount of up-to-date detail and some useful theory. Specifically, we will survey global markets for credit, equity, foreign exchange, foreign exchange derivatives, futures, interest rate swaps, credit default swaps and asset backed securities. In each case, we will learn the highlights of payments and settlement, documentation, regulation, applications for end-users, related economic theory and pricing models. The class will cover options and asset pricing theory; however, the treatment will be informal and designed to help develop intuition. One lecture each will be devoted to international banking (with an emphasis on changing capital regulation), investment banks, and hedge funds.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 22201 Richard Robb Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
403 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 60780 F 9:00am - 10:50am
403 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6046 Global Media: Innovation and Economic Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Political, TMAC

The world of media continues to change quickly. Legacy media outlets are struggling with their role in this new world and working to make more use of technology. Media starts ups find it hard to build audience, get sustained attention and establish credibility. Everyone worries about how they will be able to fund newsgathering and what future business models will look like. This course will explore some of the possibilities for innovation and discuss how new practices can help address some of the difficulties faced by journalists. We will consider what it takes to create new sites or tools that can actually find funding and we will meet different journalists and experts involved in some of the projects springing up around the world. By the end of this course, students will understand the basics of some media theory and scholarship and be able to speak knowledgably about the journalism climate in many different countries. Students will also be familiar with some of the changes brought about by technological innovation as well as how to analyze the successes and failures.  

INAF U6051 Infrastructure Investment and Development. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, MPA-DP, EPD, EPD:Economic, USP, USP:Urban
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 23 - Mar. 6

Key question: How to harmonize the diverse objectives of private investors, public sector officials, multilateral institutions and other key actors in the development of international infrastructure projects. This course will examine the principles underlying global infrastructure investment and explore effective strategies to encourage development of facilities for transportation, water, energy, healthcare and education. The classes will focus primarily upon three or more specific case studies of recent projects. Subjects of examination will include Linha Quatro of the Metrô de São Paulo, the Kenya-Uganda Rift Valley Railway and the Guangdong Province water system. The projects will be examined from the perspectives of financial investors, industrial operators, creditors, including commercial banks and multilateral institutions, government policymakers and the public. Issues discussed will include risk allocation, delivery methods and the evolving cast of global investors. 

INAF U6053 Creating a Social Enterprise. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Social, Management, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social

The course will focus primarily on the knowledge and skills required to launch a social enterprise.  The class will include an overview of Social Enterprises around the globe and will look at various enterprise models (for profit, non-profit) and their role in the broader market economy.  Class time will focus on the analysis of Case Studies and the vetting of real social enterprise business plans.  The course will center on a Group Project where teams of three (3) will work together to build a plan for launching their own, new Social Enterprise. In the process, students will learn how to define, design, market, sustain and scale their concept.  At the end of the course, students will submit a formal business plan and budget and will present their plan to a panel of experts in the field.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 61150 Sarah Holloway W 11:00am - 12:50pm
Room TBA

INAF U6085 The Economic Development of Latin America. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional, Management

This course aims at familiarizing students with contemporary debates on Latin American economic development and its social effects. The focus of the course is comparative in perspective. Most of the readings deal, therefore, with Latin America as a region, not with individual countries. After a first lecture, which overviews long-term historical trends and debates on institutional development, it looks at market reforms as a whole. It then focuses on specific contemporary issues: macroeconomic management, trade policies, production sector trends and policies, income distribution and social policy.

INAF U6115 Cost Benefit Analysis for Developing Economies. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SIPA U6400 & Experience with Excel

Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is about the economic evaluation of public sector projects or policies. The course includes theory and methodology as well as hands-on practical exercises. After successfully completing this course students should have the skills and confidence to conduct CBAs on actual public sector projects and policies.

INAF U6139 International Organizations. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, IO

The way we see the world is determined by the mental maps we make of it. In international affairs, the nation state is still seen as the essential building block of political and social organization, which defines how the world interacts globally. Yet, this perception is to some extent an illusion: people function at many levels simultaneously, in their family, in their community, in their nation, in their region, and globally -- and the scope of the issues addressed varies accordingly, from the choice of a family physician, the selection of a school board or the establishment of fair taxation rates, all the way to the broadest concerns about nuclear threats and the implications of climate change. And at each functional level, there are matching institutions that allow for joint decision making. This course intends to provide students with a mental map of the international organizations that shape public policy and determine global action at a level beyond the nation state. Such a mapping exercise is useful for all SIPA students, as each of the concentrations and regional specializations requires clarity about the institutions that influence the developments in their area of study, be it the large global structures of the United Nations system or the Bretton Woods framework, regional actors such as the African Union, non-governmental behemoths like World Vision International, or specialized public-private partnerships, exemplified by GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Insight into the nature and scope of such international organizations is key to understanding the decision making processes affecting economic development, human rights, the environment, international security and social policy.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 27200 Dirk Salomons W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6163 African Development Strategies: Policies, Institutions and Governance. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional

This course focuses on economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa from a political economy perspective. It is divided into three sections. The first section examines the broad economic trends, policies and strategies of the past 50 years. The Washington Consensus and the "lost decades" are examined in some detail. The focus of this part is on economic growth and structural change, notably the controversies around economic policies and institutions. In the second section the course turns to socioeconomic dimensions and aspects of development including poverty, inequality, employment, health, education, and gender. The final section concludes with an examination of the implications of climate change, debates around foreign aid and an overview of what we have learned. Some readings are to be finalized.

INAF U6173 Migration and Human Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, GPP

International migration's substantial economic and social effects are at the forefront of today's academic discussion, international debate as well as national policy strategies. This course introduces students to the key notions, norms, and narratives of international migration from economic, legal, sociological, international relations, and normative perspectives. Students will learn about transnational livelihood strategies and channels through which migration and migrants can enhance human development especially in their countries of origin, while creating better opportunities for themselves and contributing to their communities of destination. This includes in-depth discussions of the determinants, flows and effects of emigration, immigration, return, financial and social remittances, and diaspora investment. Highlighting migration phenomena in different scenarios in the global North, as well as in the global South, the course emphasizes the agency of migrants and gender differences in the experiences and effects, as well as the role their legal status plays. It will address the root causes of migration and the protection of migrants' human, social and labor rights. The course also furthers participants' understanding of the policy responses in both, the international and the domestic spheres. To this end, it introduces students to key policies and governance schemes, including temporary labor migration programs, bilateral labor migration agreements, and diaspora engagement institutions.  

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 76597 Daniel Naujoks W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
404 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6190 Complex Emergencies: Root Causes to Rebuilding. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP, IO

This course forms an introduction to the broader program on humanitarian affairs. We will address the root causes of complex humanitarian emergencies, the practices of humanitarian intervention, the main actors, and the opportunities and dilemmas for rebuilding. We will also discuss the main critiques of humanitarian action and possible alternatives. The course advocates the principle that humanitarian aid should be provided from a (long-term) development perspective? otherwise it can reinforce conflict and exclusion.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 22898 Dirk Salomons T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
409 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6204 Knowledge, Technology and Development: Perspectives post Arab Spring. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, IMAC
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course offers an analysis of the interplay between knowledge, technology and development, starting by a theoretical formulation and moving on to an empirical analysis of the issues as they pertain to Egypt and the Arab countries. The course touches on a wide span of topics ranging from the impact of intellectual property on development to the role of the Internet and new technologies in the recent uprisings in Egypt and the region.

INAF U6211 Technology Solutions for Development & Social Change. 3 Points.

Category: MPA-DP, EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Social, TMAC, Management

The aim of this course is to provide a theoretical and practical framework for students to understand participatory approaches to new media and information and communication technologies to address the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals and social change, with a special focus on low and middle income countries. Each session will include an introduction to basic theories that provide a critical lens through which mobile phone and computer-based applications and tools can be designed to solve problems in health, education, agriculture, small business development, and environmental sustainability.  Cross-cutting themes that will be explored include gender, public-private partnerships, and policy dimensions of information and communication for development (ICTD) as well as the newly emerging fields of mHealth, mLearning, mBanking, etc. Through the use of case studies and a term-long project, the technology project life-cycle will be explored in an applied setting.  Specifically students will be guided through the process of conducting needs assessments; applying ethnographic research methods to understanding work, communication, and information flows; participatory program and application design; systems development and local adaptation; testing and usability assessments; implementation; and evaluation. Applications that will be reviewed in more detail during the course include: RapidSMS (Project Mwana and others) and ChildCount+, Mangrove, Ushahidi, EpiSurveyor, FrontlinSMS, Open Data Kit and many others. This course requires instructor permission in order to register. Please add yourself to the waitlist in SSOL and submit the proper documents in order to be considered.

INAF U6243 International Environmental Policy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: EPM, EE: GEMP, EE: ERM

This course examines issues central to the theory and practice of international environmental politics. It provides a foundation of conceptual frameworks and factual knowledge for individuals planning work in this or related fields. Readings, lectures and discussion address many issues but we focus on factors that contribute to or impede the creation and implementation of effective international environmental policy. The course consists of three interrelated sections: (1) The Process and Difficulty of Creating and Implementing Effective International Environmental Policy; (2) The Setting for International Environmental Politics: Actors, Issues, Trends, and Law; and (3) Causal Factors in Creating Effective International Environmental Policy and Regimes.

INAF U6256 Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Social, EPD:Sustainable, Management, USP, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The purpose of this course is to introduce, critically analyze and experiment with cutting-edge ideas in social entrepreneurship from the "North" (US, Europe) and the "South" (Africa and Asia) with a special focus on initiatives and enterprises focused on sustainable development and poverty reduction. Making markets work for the poor requires an understanding of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises in the developing world as strategies and untapped opportunities to add value to society by harnessing market forces that blend human, financial and social capital resources to achieve replicability and scale in every development domain, such as mobile health technologies, microfinance, renewable energy, water, education, fair trade, and agriculture. This course adopts both theoretical and applied cases, team-based field experiments and distinguished guest speakers in the teaching process to ensure that students gain an understanding of their roles as change makers and social entrepreneurs, and feel equipped to handle the complexities involved in designing hybrid models for efficient service delivery to the world's poor (i.e., through public spending, development assistance, philanthropy and private or social sector "impact" investments).

INAF U6295 Democracy and World Religions. 3 Points.

Category: EPD
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

In the first generation of democratization theory the two most neglected areas were nationalism and religion. From the mid-1990s, this vacant space has been dominated largely by a discourse generated by Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and by policy activists concerned with terrorism and intrigued by the possibility of the United States and some of the other large powers installing democracy from above. Democratic theorists, comparativists and policy activists must attempt to re-examine the terms of this debate and to provide new conceptual and policy alternatives where appropriate. Unfortunately, though the role of religion in world affairs is one of the most important and difficult issue areas of our era, it has also been one of the least studied themes in political science. This course is designed to help address this shortcoming. The course is divided into four units, each devoted to a set of questions and problems that are now central to modern political debates about the role of religion in modern politics, especially to questions of democracy, and intolerance and tolerance within, and between, the major religions of the world. Unit 1 will feature Western Europe from the view-point of the core received theories about Christianity and democracy and actual practice. Unit 2 will test Huntington's theories about the negative role of Confucianism and Orthodox Christianity. Unit 3 will explore and explain the very different patterns of religious conflict and tolerance in South Asia, with special attention to India's equal respect, equal distancing style of secularism. In Unit 4 we will integrate what we have learned so far to see if we can rethink some of the fundamental puzzles about Islam and politics.

INAF U6301 Corporate Finance. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EE, EE: GEMP, IFEP, IFEP: International Finance Track, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, Management

Prerequisites: SIPA U6200 or PEPM U6223 or EMPA U6010

Corporate finance is an introductory finance course; it is a core course for students taking the International Finance and Policy (IFP) concentration. The course is designed to cover those areas of business finance which are important for all managers, whether they specialize in finance or not.  

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 29579 Ailsa Roell M W 9:15am - 10:45am
405 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 62947 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
409 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6303 Financial Inclusion: Models and Products to Enhance Financial Access for the Poor. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic

Research shows that countries with deeper levels of financial inclusion -- defined as access to affordable, appropriate financial services -- have stronger GDP growth rates and lower income inequality. In recent years, research around the financial habits, needs and behaviors of poor households has yielded rich information on how they manage their financial lives, allowing for the design of financial solutions that better meet their needs. While microfinance institutions remain a leading model for providing financial services to the poor, new models and technology developments have provided opportunities for scaling outreach, deepening penetration and moving beyond brick and mortar delivery channels. The course will provide an overview of financial inclusion, focusing on the key stakeholders and providers, including leading-edge mobile money offerings by telecos, as well as banks, cooperatives, and microfinance institutions. The course will examine the full range of financial services -- savings, credit, insurance and payments -- and will evaluate the early successes and failures of new and innovative approaches such as mobile financial services. The course will be highly interactive, with select leading industry experts as guest speakers, group assignments, debates, and presentations by students.

INAF U6359 Global Economic Governance. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP, IO

This course aims at familiarizing students with major issues surrounding global economic governance and its effects on developing countries. It will start with two general lectures that will deal with the objectives of international cooperation, the historical evolution of the current governance and typologies of the different rules, organization and governance structures that have been created at varied times. It will then deal in detail with major topics in the broad agenda of global economic governance, exploring both issues that are the subject of current debates as well as the institutional questions involved. "Global economic governance" is understood in a broad sense, to refer both to global and regional frameworks, as well as those rules of international transactions that have been left to bilateral agreements or are under the domain of national sovereignty. "Economic" is also understood in a broad sense, to include also social and environmental issues.

INAF U6362 Global Collective Action. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Sustainable, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IO
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SIPA U4200 or SIPA U6400

This course develops a framework in which the role of institutions emerges endogenously. The course then applies this to a large number of cases, from climate change to nuclear non-proliferation; from big science research to over-fishing; from war to peacekeeping; from disease eradication to choosing technical standards. The course shows what globalization really means. It also reveals the relationship between global (and regional) collective action and international development.  Applying the framework requires tools. Economics enables us to express the consequences of different outcomes in comparable units. It also exposes fundamental incentives. Game theory makes us consider who the players are, what their choices are, and the nature of their interaction. Game theory explains why institutions (like treaties) exist and what they are and are not able to do.

INAF U6368 Women and Globalization. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Social, GPP, USP, USP:Social
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will relate selected aspects of globalization to women's labor force participation and teach students how to design policy under this agenda. With a case-study approach, we will explore how globalization has either fostered or inhibited the utilization of the female talent pool in certain contexts and brainstorm policy interventions from the perspective of a number of different entities (e.g. public/private sector, grass roots, etc.). Case studies will include some of the following geographies: the Middle East, India, Russia, Africa, China, Japan, and Latin America. We will wrap up the practicum by comparing the status of women around the world with that of women in the United States, focusing on lessons learned from a policy perspective. During each class we will invite outside experts in selected fields to both help students define a specific a problem statement and design policy that is responsive and will best achieve the desired set of goals.

INAF U6370 Women & Global Leadership. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, USP, USP:Urban, GPP, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This practicum will explore the progress of women's leadership on a global scale. We will look at women's leadership in both the public and the private sphere. In addition to understanding the current status of women's leadership around the globe, we will examine the competitive advantages successful integration of women brings about for a country or a company. Finally, we will look to understand the obstacles which have inhibited women's further progress in both of these arenas. The course will be taught in an interactive seminar format.

INAF U6371 Globalizing Reproduction: Care, Childbearing and Gender in International Perspective. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, GPP, MIA/MPA: Short Course
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 17 - Feb. 28

"Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies, and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate." With these words, the new goal on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls included in the Outcome Document of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014, commits the international community to recognizing the centrality of care. The new goal further entails commitments to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health -- also, within nationally set parameters - and ensure women's full and effective participation in political, economic and public life. The realization of these objectives now requires coming to terms with the globalization of reproduction. In recent decades, communication, information and reproductive technologies, changing assumptions regarding the roles of women and men, and the effects of the global economic crisis have converged to generate transnational markets in care and procreation. As people cross borders to provide or purchase goods and services associated with reproduction, new spaces are created for (licit and illicit) entrepreneurs specialized in the movement of workers, body parts, corporeal services (like gestation), and children; specialized labor forces of care workers and baby producers are generated; and resolving conflicts national legal frameworks regulating areas from citizenship and residency to health and family organization once considered the purview of nation states becomes central to the international agenda. How are such markets to be regulated? How can (and should) conflicting national models be reconciled? How, in other words, can the new SDG be translated into state and international practices which do, indeed, promote gender equality and women's empowerment? This course will focus specifically on care and childbearing to explore these questions.

INAF U6373 Gender Policy Practicum. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, HRHP, GPP
Spring 2017 Course Dates: March 7 - April 25

The Gender Policy Practicum creates a forum in which policy experts from different academic disciplines and fields of practice can share their experiences and perspectives with SIPA students. Through the Practicum, students will explore gender integration in various SIPA concentrations and specializations, as well as in multiple arenas of policy development and implementation. Students will be introduced to current trends and debates related to the promotion of gender equality in different fields of policy practice and will be encouraged to think critically about these issues and their relevance to their academic and professional goals.

INAF U6375 Gender and Livelihoods: From Displacement to Early Recovery. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, HRHP, GPP, USP, USP:Urban

This course will address the effects of conflict on livelihoods, how livelihoods can be re-vitalized during population displacement, how promoting economic self-reliance underpins all other humanitarian work, the impact on the protection of women and men, and how these programs are prerequisite for and can be linked with post-conflict recovery and development. The impact of conflict, displacement and livelihoods on gender, gender norms, and gender power relations will be addressed throughout.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 91698 Dale Buscher Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
501b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6376 LGBT Rights Internationally: Contemporary Issues and Fundamental Principles. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, GPP, HRHP, IO, MIA/MPA: Short Course
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 17 - Feb. 28

On September 24, 2014, a hotly contested resolution passed the UN Human Rights Council condemning discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  The protracted fight for the resolution demonstrates how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights are one of the most controversial issues in international human rights, culture, law and public policy today.  This course will explore how LGBT rights impact mainstream debates, such as bilateral relations and good governance, while also teaching students to understand the particular challenges of fulfilling LGBT rights, such as access to legal recognition for LGBT partnerships and transgender identities.  This course offers students an in-depth discussion about the challenges and opportunities of working on LGBT rights at the international level, surveys debates within the field, and equips students to competently address LGBT rights as they manifest across a range of academic and professional interests. Breaking news and contemporary debates will be integrated into the course work.

INAF U6405 Human Rights & Development Policy. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP

Human rights can provide a framework for shaping development policies. How will the observance of human rights criteria in planning, implementing and evaluating development projects and policies contribute to their effectiveness and sustainability? The class will examine development policy choices and their impact by juxtaposing the interests and points-of-view of the various stakeholders involved in designing and implementing development policies.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 88497 Judith Gearhart, Rainer Braun W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6412 State & Society in the Developing World. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core

This seminar presents political economy perspectives on development focusing in particular on the role of the state in development, the impact of state intervention on social structure and economic change, as well as recent transformation of such relations under the pressure of globalization. This course is an advanced seminar that requires background knowledge of development theories and their evolution, as well as familiarity with basic social science theories and methods. The course emphasizes comparative methods and introduces students to a wide range of social science theories applied to different parts of the developing world.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 93248 Maria Victoria Murillo W 9:00am - 10:50am
404 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6429 Energy Industry in the BRICS. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, MPA-DP, EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: GEMP, EE: ERM

This course will examine the energy industry in the BRICS from a comparative perspective, emphasizing both similarities (notably the role of state-owned companies and the challenges of fast domestic growth) and differences. Special attention will be devoted to the strategic-level management issues facing decision-makers in the government and private sectors as they address the formulation of policies, strategies, alliances and investment plans. The first part of the course will consider the general nature of international business as it applies to the energy industry in the BRICS, and the remainder of the course will consider the specific situation in the individual member countries and their impact on global energy markets.

INAF U6475 Social Policy and Inclusive Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban

This course will explore the comparative and global political economy of contemporary systems of social and labor protection in developing (including post-socialist) countries, known as "welfare regimes." Economic globalization, struggles over democratization, shifting and competing policy paradigms at the international level, and the assistance strategies of international financial institution and non-governmental donors will all be discussed as important contextual, and at times decisive, influences.

INAF U6488 Seminar on Latin America: Challenges to Progress. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political

Insecurity and violence are on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean with countries in the region having some of the highest rates of violence in the world. These challenges are not unique to Latin America and the Caribbean and lessons learned can be applied to different regions facing similar challenges. The course will review approaches to strengthening rule of law institutions and promoting social inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean as a means of address rising citizen insecurity. Violence, crime and insecurity threaten the life and liberty of individuals and their fundamental human rights, obstruct the fight against poverty and hinder the process of democratic governance. Insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean also has direct implications for the United States, and its policies and laws involving organized crime, trafficking, drugs and immigration.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 87532 Julissa Reynoso T 6:20pm - 8:10pm
Room TBA

INAF U6495 Politics & Practice of Humanitarian Assistance in the New Millennium. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, HRHP, IO
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Mar. 9 - Apr. 27

Humanitarian agencies became major players in the intra-state conflicts that characterized the 1990s. However, this prominence also led to critical examination, both from within and outside these agencies. The dilemmas of field workers led to new questions: How can the challenges presented by the fragmentation of state authority be addressed? Is there a way to link relief to development? Is there a relationship between humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution/peace-building activities? How can relief agencies manage their relations with the parties to a conflict? How do human rights and humanitarian aid intersect? The experience of the 1990s has made it clear to humanitarian agencies that technical skills were no longer sufficient - their staff also needed political and analytical skills to navigate in insecure environments.

INAF U6497 Humanitarian Crisis in the Eastern DRC. 1 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, HRHP, Regional
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Feb. 24 & 25

Over the past decades, perhaps no area of the world has seen such violent transformations and complex conflicts as Africa's Great Lakes Region. This 1-credit course focuses on the conflicts and humanitarian assistance in two Eastern Congolese provinces, Kivu Sud and Kivu Nord. Extrapolations based on IRC studies estimate an excess mortality in Eastern DR Congo of over 4 million people out of a total population of about 20 million over the last twenty years. The neighboring countries of DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda all play a role in this conflict. Moreover, they have also endured their own forms of traumatic upheaval and are still searching for a form of stability. This course asks why these conflicts endured for so long? What are the root causes? What happens when a state bureaucracy breaks down? What happens to the health care and educational systems? Can solutions be found? What is the role of the humanitarian organizations vis-à-vis the local population, civil society, and the local administration?

INAF U6538 State Building in the Developing World. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Core
Prerequisites: Restricted to EPD studentsNot offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This class examines why some countries are poor and others rich, why some govern themselves well and others govern themselves poorly, and why some are peaceful while others have collapsed into conflict or civil war. Hence, this course tries to give you a survey of some of the big questions we ask when we study state building and the political economy of development. 

INAF U6556 United Nations: Challenges and Alternatives. 3 Points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Does the United Nations matter? The course will offer a broad assessment and analysis of the place, performance and potential of the United Nations within the nation-state system. It will assess the world body based on a range of distinct expectations through the prism of global threats, global norms and global responsibilities. Increasingly the world is confronted with phenomena - related to both security and development - which require global responses; the question this course seeks to answer is to what extent can we rely on the UN to act as a global instrument for constructive change? The United Nations does not exist in isolation. It is shaped by the broad political context in which it operates. The course will first examine the changing nature of world politics and the new challenges it poses to the world organization in the 21st century, both the end of the Cold War and the impact of 9/11 having profoundly shaped the framework within which policy and action must take place. In particular the course will examine the emergence of new threats (the unprecedented role of non-state actors, the emergence of a single hyper-power and the reformulation of state sovereignty) which go beyond borders and the reach of individual states - no matter how powerful they may be - and which require a global response. Will the United Nations be up to the challenge? And, we must also ask, who exactly is the United Nations?

INAF U6564 Applied Peacebuilding: Fieldwork. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, ISP, ICR

This course exposes students to conceptual and practical skills needed to develop a "reflective practice" orientation to applied professional work in international peace building and conflict resolution.  The class focuses on skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating conflict resolution interventions.  During the semester, students co-design projects, creating specific objectives and activities in collaboration with a Project Supervisor in a pre-selected field-based partner institution.  Students are encouraged to work in teams of 2-3 in the course.  Students implement the project during the summer, taking into consideration changes on the ground, through internships under the guidance of their field-based Project Supervisors.  Students return in the fall to deliver a report of their activities in the field reflecting on their experiences and presenting their findings to the SIPA community.  The course supports students in developing critical practical skills and experiences in managing a conflict resolution project while exploring the professional field of applied conflict resolution. This course requires instructor permission in order to register. Please add yourself to the waitlist in SSOL and submit the proper documents in order to be considered.

INAF U6601 Topics in Trade, Growth and Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course covers several policy-relevant topics in international trade as they relate to the developing countries. The emphasis is on getting the analysis right. The format consists of lectures with active class discussion. Basic knowledge of microeconomics will be necessary.

INAF U6653 Higher Education, Policy and Development in Asia. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban

The course has been designed to enable students to understand and discuss major evolutions and trends in Higher Education policies across several Asian countries. Through an interdisciplinary and comparative approach the semester will be dedicated to the investigation of the origin, design, implementation, and effects of different policy responses to development problems and challenges. In particular the course will examine how the Higher Education choices reflect development goals of states and nations. Combining lectures with the intervention of outside speakers (expert analysts, journalists, diplomats, public figures), current education policy problems and debates will be related to political, economic, social and historical context, with particular concern for issues such as skilled migrations, human resources development, R&D, modernity, democracy. The course will focus on the major cases of China, India, Singapore, Japan and Korea, but students will be encouraged to bring a comparative perspective with other regions of the world.

INAF U6735 Issues in Rural Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, USP, USP:Social

This is a survey course; students will be exposed to a range of resource persons, ideas and concepts. The objectives of the course are to: improve the understanding of the role and importance of rural development in today's world; develop awareness and conceptual, analytical and operational skills relevant to the social, environmental and economic dimensions of rural development, improve the ability to engage with and influence debates on rural development, and increase the ability to access the rural development literature and community. The course is organized around technical, economic and governance issues.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 14531 Pratima Kale T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6751 International Human Rights Law. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP

This course introduces students to international human rights law (IHRL). In what sense are internationally-defined human rights "rights" and in what sense can the instruments which define them be considered "law"? How do we know that a claim is actually a "human right"? What are the relations among international, regional and national institutions in establishing and enforcing (or not) IHRL? Does IHRL represent an encroachment on national sovereignty? Is the future of IHRL regional? What enforcement mechanisms can we use, and who can decide upon their use? Finally, what redress is there for human rights violations, and how effective is it? Attendance is required in the first class.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 60829 Yasmine Ergas M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
801 International Affairs Bldg
Fall 2017 R01 68647 Th 9:00am - 10:50am
402 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6760 Managing Risk in Natural and Other Disasters. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, EPD:Sustainable, HRHP
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The aim of this one-semester 3-point course is to provide students with insights and skills they need to respond to and manage 'natural' and man-made disasters during their future professional careers. The course provides a conceptual framework that should allow students to develop and include policies into their future professional activities with the aim to minimize the exposure of people or entire populations to disasters and foster the populations' disaster resilience.

INAF U6772 Global Inequality. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Political, USP:Social, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track

This course examines persistence and change in the global distribution of income, both within and across countries. We will consider philosophical arguments about inequality and whether or not it is a problem. Then we will review and discuss the measurement and positive economics of inequality. Finally, we will discuss political consequences of and policy responses to increases in inequality.

INAF U6775 Indian Economy in Transition. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, Regional

This course will be devoted to an analytic study of the transformation. The bulk of the course will be devoted to understanding the reforms that are under way or must be undertaken to accelerate growth and poverty reduction. On the macroeconomic front, we will discuss the issues related to fiscal deficit, public debt and the likelihood of a macroeconomic crisis. Special attention will be paid to the external sector reforms including trade liberalization, foreign investment liberalization, capital account convertibility, preferential trade arrangements and multilateral trade negotiations. Among domestic reforms, we will discuss the reform of the tax system, subsidies, agriculture, product and factor markets, infrastructure and social sectors. Cautionary Note: This is a new course whose content will evolve as the semester progresses. Therefore, the description should be viewed as tentative.

INAF U6820 Theory of International Political Economy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track

This course serves as an introduction to the politics of international economic relations. We examine the history and institutions of the international political economy and the theories that seek to explain them as well as analyze several political economy issues at once classic and contemporary, such as the sources of economic growth, the origins and consequences of globalization, and causes of and appropriate policy responses to income inequality. In addition to sampling contemporary writings in the field, we read several classic works, especially on theoretical approaches. Students need not have an extensive background in international economics to complete this course satisfactorily, but those not familiar with basic economic principles will find several sections of the class very challenging.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 91246 Markus Jaeger W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
410 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U6848 Threat Financing and Anti-Money Laundering. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, ISP, MIA/MPA: Short Course
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 18 - Mar. 1

This class provides a comprehensive look at the efforts to prevent and detect money laundering and terrorist financing in a post 9/11 world. Developments in the United States, as well as internationally, are discussed.  The evolution of the area is examined, including a review of the relevant statutes and regulations such as the Patriot Act, the Bank Secrecy Act and the Material Support statute.  Analysis is done of the Suspicious Activity Reporting that is required to be done by all financial institutions, including banks, securities firms and money services businesses.  Cases and actions brought relating to money laundering issues are discussed, including detailed review of the requirements for an Anti-Money Laundering compliance program.  There is also analysis of threat financing, from the viewpoint of the requirements placed upon financial institutions, charities and companies, along with a review of cases involving terror financing.  In addition, the course addresses the role of lawmakers, lawyers, companies, financial institutions and law enforcement in the process of trying to stop money laundering and terrorist financing.

INAF U6891 Impact Evaluations in Practice. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, EPD:Sustainable
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 27 - Feb 10

Prerequisites: SIPA U6500 (or equivalent)

This course will be useful for students who would like to participate in evaluations of development projects. At the end of the course, students will know how to plan an impact evaluation, how to manage one, and how to recognize and differentiate a good impact evaluation from a badly conducted one. Students should also come with one case study that they have been involved in and that would lend itself to an impact evaluation. Previous experience in implementing a development project is desirable.

INAF U8099 Emerging Market Investment Climate. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP: International Finance Track
Pre-reqs: SIPA U6401 or PEPM U6401

Want to learn about the issues and policies that are particularly relevant for the growth of the private sector in emerging markets? Want to discuss these with guest speakers from international organizations? Want to produce a report identifying emerging market vulnerability to economic troubles? Have you taken a course on macroeconomics? Then this course is for you.


As a former World Bank country economist I will share with you my work experiences and, while reviewing some basic macroeconomic principles and discussing case studies, I will help you produce a macro-financial report on a particular emerging market economy similar to those produced by financial institutions and international organizations do (e.g., International Monetary Funds surveillance country reports or Article IV reports).

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 73599 Sara Calvo W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
1302 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8150 Economic Transformations in New Democracies. 3 Points.

Category: EPD
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course examines the relationship between democratization and economic transformation. It adopts a comparative perspective to examine efforts at democratization in Eastern Europe in 1989 and, most recently, in North Africa. Topics include: patterns of social mobilization (including communication technologies), forms of accountability, property transformation, transnational organizations, and the role of international contexts.

INAF U8161 Economics, Law and Public Policy. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, APEA, USP, USP:Urban

As Adam Smith noted long ago, economic development cannot occur in the absence of a stable legal system. The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, the course reviews some of the modern developments in economics that are relevant for the study of institutions. Second, it uses these tools to explore the structure of the law, and its impact upon economic performance. The goal is to provide a foundation for the understanding of legal institutions that goes beyond national boundaries, and can help better understand the challenges that rapid economic growth and globalization pose for policy makers.

INAF U8172 Theory, History, and Practice of Human Rights. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course is intended to introduce student to key debates in the field of human rights. It will require extensive reading as background to a focused discussion of key theoretical issues. Historically, we shall distinguish between two epochs in the development of human rights discourse: (a) the politically-centered articulation of human rights, an epoch that began with the French Revolution and the Rights of Man and closed with Eleanor Roosevelt's 1948 Declaration that provided the intellectual foundation for the 20th century welfare state, and (b) the ethically-centered call, 'Never Again', as the lesson of the Holocaust, which provides the foundation for a programmatic Responsibility to Protect (R2P). What has changed and what has remained the same as the focus of human rights has shifted from a call for resistance to one for rescue and intervention? We shall compare and contrast two specific contexts in which human rights discourse has become dominant: (a) survivor states: the United States (and South Africa) ; (b) victim states: Israel (and Rwanda). What was the lesson of Auschwitz (and Hiroshima)? And what is the lesson of the South African transition? Instructor permission is required to register for this course. Please attend the first class if you are interested in registering.

INAF U8180 Human Rights Skills and Advocacy. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP, TMAC, IO

This course is designed to develop practical advocacy skills to protect and promote human rights. A focus will be developing an advocacy strategy on a current human rights issue, including the identification of goals and objectives, appropriate advocacy targets and strategies, and the development of an appropriate research methodology. Students will explore broad-based human rights campaigns, use of the media, and advocacy with UN and legislative bodies. Over the course of the semester, students will become familiar with a variety of tools to apply to a human rights issue of their choosing. Case studies will illustrate successful advocacy campaigns on a range of human rights issues."  

INAF U8421 The Latin American Left Today, In and Out of Power. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, Regional
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The seminar will focus on the so-called “pink tide” that has swept Latin America since 1999, bringing left-of-center movements to power nearly everywhere in the region. Initially we will devote three sessions to the historical origins of this trend; then four sessions to the abstract, policy debates in question; subsequently, three sessions to case studies, grouped together by common features; finally,  two sessions to summing up and placing Latin America and its left in the international arena.

INAF U8246 Comparative Development: East Asia and Its Lessons. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, Regional

This course will first, examine the nature, ingredients and gradations of the extraordinary success of several East Asian economies. The lessons of their experience have been the subject of an extensive literature. The course will introduce students to the main controversies. The second part will illuminate the debate by contrasting the experience and policies of East Asia with stylized trends and overviews of developments in each of the regions of Latin America, South Asia (Indian subcontinent), Sub-Saharan Africa and the transition economies of Europe and Central Asia. These comparisons will be informed by the question of what the lessons of East Asian success are for these other regions.

INAF U8354 Micro & Small Enterprise Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, Management

The objective of this course is to understand the role of micro- and small-enterprises (SMEs) in developing economies and to identify and assess a range of policies and programs to promote their development. By tracing the evolution of development thinking in finance and SME development, students will be exposed to the intellectual underpinnings of -and practical tools used in- a wide variety of approaches to SME development. Students will also become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the most common private sector development approaches currently being used by donor organizations and committed private sector actors.

INAF U8415 US-Latin American Relations: WWII to Present. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, ISP, Regional

The course seeks to analyze the dynamics and issues that describe relations between the United States and Latin America since the end of World War II. A complete picture of the current state of affairs in the hemisphere and the reasons that led to it require an analysis in three different - but related - dimensions. To cover the first one, the course analyzes historical benchmarks that contextualize particular overt American interventions in the region, dissecting their causes, operation and consequences. In a second dimension, the course looks at topics that have permeated the relationship between the United States and Latin America over this period. Because of their typically cross-national nature, they illustrate a different set of dynamics and concerns that have fueled tensions in the relationship. A third and final dimension concerns recent developments in Latin America that affect and have been affected by American foreign policy. Their novelty suggests that these issues will remain relevant at least in the immediate future.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 62397 John Coatsworth M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
802 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8454 Investment Strategies in Developing Countries. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: SIPA U6200

From the practical perspective of a foreign institution investing outside its home market, this course is geared to help answer these questions. Moreover, the class hones students' fluency in developing country economic fundamentals, available asset classes, and investment strategies. In addition, the course explores the historical background and underpinnings of global finance's transformation over the last twenty years and their impact on emerging market capital formation. Special attention will be paid to analyzing the political, social, and economic landscapes of developing countries and their market implications. All of this will be addressed within a larger cyclical understanding of technology, global development, and liquidity flows.

INAF U8456 Higher Education Policy in Developing Countries. 0 Points.

Category: EPD
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This interdisciplinary seminar examines the social, political, and economic bases of higher education policymaking in the developing world, attempting to describe and explain how and why specific issues gain visibility in the public policy agenda and the roles played by various actors, which policies are adopted and implemented, and with what effects on higher education and society. The seminar focuses on middle and upper-middle income countries in Latin America and Asia that have recently and rapidly moved from elite to mass, complex higher education systems.

INAF U8507 The Security Council and Peacekeeping in Africa in the 21st Century. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP, ISP, ICR, IO, Regional

This course, which will be taught by a practitioner, will focus on United Nations peacekeeping operations as one of the main conflict management tools of the Security Council (SC) in Africa. Through an extensive series of case studies (Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, the Central African Republic and Cote d'Ivoire), It will closely examine the tool of peace keeping, the context in which it operates, the evolution of its doctrine, the lessons learned, and the challenges ahead. Drawing on the recent report of the High-level Independent Panel on peace operations (HIPPO), and the cases studies above, it will elaborate on the many issues in peacekeeping today,in particular the limits of the use of force, the protection of civilians, the nexus peacekeeping/peacebuilding, and the increased partnership with regional and subregional organizations.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 88598 Elisabeth Lindenmayer W 11:00am - 12:50pm
801 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8559 Building Peace After Conflict. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP, ISP, ICR, IO, Management
Fall 2017 Course Dates: Oct. 23 - Dec. 11

This short course traces the outlines of the international community's steep learning curve in addressing the challenges of post-conflict peace building. It will examine some of the early UN and World Bank experiments in restoring nation states, follow the institutional changes meant to build capacity in the field of post-conflict recovery, look at the methodological and funding tools developed to strengthen field operations, and review some case studies illustrating the impact of this evolution. 

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 97598 Judy Cheng-Hopkins M 11:00am - 12:50pm
501a International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8560 Managing The UN System. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, IO, Management

In this course, the participants will examine the governance structure and decision-making processes in the UN organizations. They will review the rules and regulations whereby the organizations handle people, money and tangible assets, and see how they manage their human and financial resources. Special attention will be paid to the way in which cultural and political factors influence management practices. Key issues such as decentralization, coordination and the management of change will recur throughout the course. The interaction of the UN system with donors, the private sector and with civil society as partners in the provision of services will be closely studied.

INAF U8619 China and the Global Economy. 0 Points.

Category: EPD, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP: International Finance Track, Regional
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Through this seminar students will develop an integrated perspective on the Chinese economy and the policy environment and choices that are under consideration by and available to policy makers and business executives. The global implications of the changing nature and structure of the Chinese economy will be examined. Both macro and micro dimensions will be considered. Instructor permission is required to register for this course. Please go to: for instructions.

INAF U8675 Emerging Capital Markets: Theory & Practice. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP: International Finance Track
Pre-req: SIPA U6401; IFEP students receive registration priority

Prerequisites: SIPA U6401, PEPM U6105 or EMPA U8216

The goal of this course is to teach students about the historical relationships between financial risk, capital structure and legal and policy issues in emerging markets. Our strategy will be to develop a model of how and why international capital flows to emerging market countries and to use the model to examine various topics in the history of international financing from the 1820's to the present. Students will identify patterns in investor and borrower behavior, evaluate sovereign capital structures, and analyze sovereign defaults, including the debt negotiation process during the various debt crises of the past 175 years. We will focus primarily on Latin America, emerging Asia, and Russia, although the lessons will be generalized to cover all emerging market countries.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 73501 Bruce Wolfson, Jorge Mariscal T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
407 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8685 Asian Financial Markets. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: International Finance Track

Prerequisites: SIPA U6401

This course will give an overview of history, function, and future prospects of the financial markets in Asian countries (mainly ASEAN-10, Japan, Korea, China, and India). How financial supervision and regulation should be formed will be examined too. The financial crisis, as well as financial development, will be covered as an instrumental event for reforms. The stages of financial and economic development will be explained and Asian countries will be placed on the development stages. Economic and financial policies will be examined from efficiency point of view.

INAF U8689 Global Financial Services in the 21st Century. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track

This course will provide a framework with which students can evaluate and understand the global financial services industry of both today and tomorrow. Specifically, the course will present an industry insider's perspectives on the (i) current and future role of the major financial service participants, (ii) key drivers influencing an industry that has always been characterized by significant change (e.g., regulatory, technology, risk, globalization, client needs and product development), and (iii) strategic challenges and opportunities facing today's financial services' CEOs post the 2008/09 financial crisis. Furthermore, this course is designed not only for students with a general interest in the financial system, but for those students thinking about a career in the private sector of financial services or the public sector of regulatory overseers.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 76848 Richard Goldberg Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
801 International Affairs Bldg

INAF U8690 Managing Humanitarian Emergencies. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, HRHP, Management

This course focuses on the actual management problems of humanitarian interventions and helps students obtain the professional skills and insight needed to work in complex humanitarian emergencies, and to provide oversight and guidance to humanitarian operations from a policy perspective. It is a follow-up to the fall course that studied the broader context, root causes, actors, policy issues, and debates in humanitarian emergencies.

INAF U8785 Gender, Politics, and Development. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, HRHP, GPP, IO, USP, USP:Social

Gender equality, and women’s and girls’ empowerment, are now widely accepted as development goals in their own right, and essential to inclusive and sustainable development. But despite progress in many areas, gender gaps and discrimination persist. How did gender equality move from the periphery to the center of development discourse, and what difference has this made? Is gender equality a human right, an essential aspect of human development, or “smart economics”? What are the implications of a gender equality agenda for men and boys, and for broader understandings of gender identities and sexualities? What policies, strategies and practices have been effective – or ineffective – in narrowing gender gaps and improving outcomes for both women and men in particular development settings? In this course, we approach gender, politics and development in terms of theory, policy and practice. We apply a critical gender lens to a wide range of development sectors and issue areas, including economic development, political participation, education and health, environment and climate change, and conflict and displacement. We also consider current debates and approaches related to gender mainstreaming and gender metrics in development practice. Students engage with the course material through class discussion, exercises and case studies, and the development of a gender-related project proposal.

INAF U8882 Practicum on Education in Emergencies. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Social, HRHP, IO, ICR
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Jan. 23 - Mar. 6

This seven-week practicum is designed to give students from a variety of disciplines a background in education in emergency contexts, from preparedness to response and recovery. Class sessions will explore the multiple roles of education, including critical linkages to sectors like health and protection, in each of these phases; introduce students to the major education actors within the international humanitarian architecture; and prepare students to utilize best practices and minimum standards for education programming and policy-making. 

INAF U8909 Environment, Conflict & Resolution Strategies. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: EPM, ISP, ICR

Environmental conflict resolution has emerged with an integrated role of research and practice within the growing field of conflict analysis and resolution. As the world faces increasing environmental problems and conflicts with growing environmental dimensions, there has also been an increasing creativity of response through different channels. The implications for the successful resolution of environmental conflict are the necessary and integrated contributions of all aspects of international affairs, including international security policy, economic policy, human rights and development.

INAF U8912 Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Goals. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: EPM, AS
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Apr. 3 - Apr. 24

It has become vital (because of mass poverty, climate change, biodiversity rapid erosion, water and food crisis,...), to shift to a more sustainable form of development. This will require effectively mobilizing all resources of human societies: scientific and technical resources, as well as behavioral and institutional moving forces. None may be neglected, and the way they are articulated will be decisive.

PEPM U6720 Social Investment and Economic Growth in East Asia and Beyond. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Economic, PEPM
Open to PEPM Students Only

In recent years, the growing inequality within countries that have achieved enormous economic and democratic advancements has sparked fascinating debates on its causes, consequences, and ramifications. This course investigates the nexus between economic growth and social investment policies (e.g., education, housing, social assistance, labor market policies, and healthcare) and how a variety of factors, including political actors, processes, and institutions, influence the nature of the relationship. It equips students with the theoretical tools, empirical data, and historical materials necessary to better understand regional trends as well as distinctive domestic outcomes. The East Asian experience is set as the starting point, followed by a close examination of reform efforts in Latin America and Africa. Case studies are utilized to delve deeper into specific issues, such as racial divisions, adverse systemic shocks, and gender inequality.

PUAF U6460 Benchmarking Skills for Process & Organizational Improvement. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Social, Management
Fall 2017 Course Dates: TBD

The successful execution and evaluation of programs within a sector of government, or a private company, depend heavily on the ability of an organization to continually improve performance.  It follows that effective (in both the private and public sectors) hinges on an understanding of best practices within organizations. Benchmarking is the process of continually comparing and measuring against other organizations anywhere in the world to gain information on philosophies, practices and measures which will help an organization take action to improve its performance. This course provides an introduction to the structural basis of benchmarking, which consists of 5 primary phases - 1) Plan, 2) Baseline, 3) Collect Information, 4) Analyze Information, 5) Make Recommendations.  Using a public sector-based case study with "hands-on" group activities, as well as other real-world examples offered by the instructors, this course will also teach students how to use various tools and techniques when conducting activities within each benchmarking phase to help them implement successfully.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 11034 Christopher Loso, Robert Boccio F Sa 9:00am - 5:00pm
Room TBA

PUAF U6850 Local & Global Corruption: Maneuvering Toward Good Governance. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, USP, USP:Social, USP:Urban
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

What is corruption? Is corruption a necessary evil? Is corruption sand or grease on the wheels of a country’s economy? Why is corruption so pervasive around the world? My course engages these and other questions relating to the topics of good governance and corruption. We explore core theories about corruption and learn about corruption’s damaging influence on local and national governments. We also examine some of the most promising strategies available for promoting integrity in public administration. My goal with this course is twofold. First, I hope to encourage you to reflect on corruption as a practice that reduces government legitimacy, affects the quality of public service delivery, and biases policy and its application in favor of special interests. Second, I will endeavor to leave you with a grounded appreciation of local and national regimes’ potential for advancement. Good governance is possible.

PUAF U8360 Social Movements and Social Change. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, USP:Urban, USP:Social, USP

This graduate seminar examines social change mainly as a product of social movements, or the collective efforts to promote social change by people who lack access to institutionalized power. We will engage with some of the main debates in the study of social movements, reading both theoretical analyses of key issues and empirical research on various movements and social change case studies. The seminar will focus on social change as an outcome of social movements at the local community level, the national level, and the transnational level. The main goal is to help students understand different processes of social change and, in particular, "how social movements matter" -or how movements affect social and political change.

PUAF U8510 Women and Power. 1.5 Point.

Category: EPD, USP, USP:Urban, USP:Social, APEA, GPP, Management
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This practicum takes a hard look at the gains of the "women's revolution." A group of prominent individuals (business leaders, scholars, policymakers) will assess how far women have come in a variety of fields - ranging from politics to corporations to academia - and describe what they see as the unfinished agenda. In addition, the format will allow for a thorough exploration into the implications of history, culture, politics and policies on individuals' ability to gain, sustain and proactively use power effectively.  Particular attention will be paid to exploring how each student can take more control over their individual claim on ambition and leverage both public and private sector initiatives and personal strategies to construct a Power Plan for success.

REGN U6149 Energy, Corporate Responsibility & Human Rights. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Social, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: ERM, HRHP, Regional, ICR

This class examines how to reconcile the differing/conflicting interests/goals of energy, and mining, companies and the public interest (e.g. governments); how to negotiate PPP agreements; understand the function/impact of laws and international trade agreements; and determine how CSR, especially environment and anti-corruption, and human rights apply. Case studies of multi-billion international energy pipeline projects, including TAP in Albania and Greece, TAPI in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, BTC in Georgian and the Caucasus and , for comparative purposes, the controversial Keystone in US and Canada, will be the prism/focus for analysis. The class is dynamic and cross-disciplinary.

REGN U6415 Financial Issues in Latin America. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Economic, IFEP, IFEP: Economic Policy Track, IFEP: International Finance Track

Prerequisites: SIPA U6400 or SIPA U6401

Financial issues have been at the heart of Latin America's volatile and relatively poor economic performance. Inflation, financial crisis, defaults. Latin America has seen them all. Also, in 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean saw the fastest growth of any region in terms of new registered mobile money accounts. Bitcoins are already circulating for example in Argentina. As aspiring entrepreneurs, policymakers or staff from international organizations, students interested in performing in Latin America must understand the region's financial systems and how government's policies (including financial inclusion policies) could affect the local economy, particularly in response to unexpected external events. This is a very applied hands-on course where analytical tools typically used in international organizations and private investment companies to analyze country vulnerabilities are discussed and used. Case study discussions are a central part of the course. In this setting, LA economies are discussed vis-à-vis economies from other regions, e.g., Brazil vis á vis Korea; Argentina vis á vis Greece.  

REGN U6639 Gender and Development in Southeast Asia. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, EPD:Social, Regional

This course is designed to introduce students to issues of gender and development in Southeast Asia in comparative context. Development debates are currently in flux with important implications for the practice and analysis of gender and development.  Some argue for market-driven, neo-liberal solutions to gender equality, while others believe that equitable gender relations will only come when women (and men) are empowered to understand their predicaments and work together to find local solutions to improve their lives. Empowerment and human rights approaches are popular among development practitioners, particularly those concerned with gender equity. This course uses the context of development in Southeast Asia to critically engage with issues important to development planners, national leaders and women’s groups throughout Southeast Asia.   

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 73502 Kristy Kelly Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
402b International Affairs Bldg

REGN U8755 Ukraine: Power Politics & Diplomacy. 3 Points.

Category: EPD, EPD:Political, Regional

Ukraine is at war, the country is in turmoil. What is to be done by the Government to rebuff foreign aggression, eradicate corruption, improve economic situation  and implement reforms?  What are the chances of the new opposition to succeed? Will the Minsk accords be implemented?  These and other issues, including behind-the-scene politics, power struggle and diplomatic activities, are dealt with in the newly revised course delivered by a career diplomat. The course is aimed at both graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

REGN U8757 Ukrainian Foreign Policy. 3 Points.

Category: MIA Core: Interstate Relations, EPD, EPD:Political, ISP, Regional

The newly revised 3 point seminar-like course deals with the performance of independent Ukraine on international arena, its relationship with major powers: Russia, Europe and the US and the trajectory of its foreign policy. Having illegally annexed Crimea and conducting a proxy war in Eastern Ukraine, Russia has challenged the basic principles of international law, numerous bilateral agreements and threatening global peace and security. What is to be done to rebuff the aggressor? Can diplomacy still play a role? These and other issues are dealt with in this course. Special emphasis is made on the assessment of current conflict with Moscow and on the new trends in foreign policy doctrine. The issues of national security and current political situation are dealt with extensively. The course delivers first-hand insights by a career diplomat, who has been actively involved in the implementation of Ukrainian foreign policy for over three decades. The format of the course will encourage active dialogue and analytical reflection on the part of the students. The course is aimed at attracting both graduate and advanced undergraduate students.  

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 83048 Valerii Kuchynskyi T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
1219 International Affairs Bldg

ENVP U6228 Corporate Sustainability and the Role of Government in Advancing Environmental & Social Performance. 3 Points.

Category: MPA-ESP, EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: ERM

Corporations embrace sustainable development to optimize environmental and social performance and corporate governance, improving competitive advantage and asset value while contributing to human wellbeing and environmental integrity. Brand value, product differentiation, cost and risk reduction and the enhancement of environmental and social conditions through a company's value chain, operations and the goods and services it sells are all hallmarks of corporate sustainability. This course profiles the history, underpinnings and elements of this rapidly evolving field, with a focus on environmental management. We take a systems approach, exploring how corporate strategy is becoming evermore grounded in an understanding of a corporation's interdependencies with the natural world and the broad array of its internal and external stakeholders. Sustainability is explored from the perspectives of multinational corporations, midsize firms and small businesses contributing to sustainable local economies. We address the role of government in forwarding this agenda, including: incentives and technical assistance to advance best practice and product development; public/private partnerships for research and demonstration; facilitating environmental markets; and green procurement. We will also address the challenges faced by governments to this end, including political opposition, potential rollback of mandates and funding for environmental and social action, and ongoing resource constraints.

SDEV U9245 Environment & Resource Economics. 3 Points.

Category: PhD in Sustainable Development, EPD, EPD:Economic, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: GEMP, EE: EPM

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the basic concepts of natural resource and environmental economics in about 14 weeks. It should hence be seen as a survey class that introduces the basic ideas of the field. Prerequisites: Graduate level classes in micro-economics and econometrics as well as some knowledge of optimal control theory. Furthermore, you should know the basic commands in STATA and either MATLAB or R (for some of the problem sets, but they are easy to learn).

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Fall 2017 001 78451 Wolfram Schlenker Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
823 International Affairs Bldg