Core Coursework (21 credits)

Courses typically incorporate required readings, individual and group assignments, workshops, onsite visits at development organizations, and occasional panels with development experts. In addition to theoretical knowledge, students grapple with individual case studies and real-world examples. 

  • Required courses:
    • Foundations: Intercultural Communication and Multicultural Teams – 2 credits
    • Practitioner Inquiry: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods – 3 credits
    • Economics – 3 credits
    • Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development – 3 credits
    • Program Planning and Management – 2 credits
    • Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Concepts – 1 credit
    • Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations: Concepts and Practices – 1 credit
    • Policy Advocacy: Concepts – 1 credit
    • Issues in Sustainable Development – 3 credits
    • Foundations II: Development Management Skills Workshop –  2 credits
  • Specialization Areas (4 credits)
    Students must take two of the following courses (one prior to the practicum and one following it):
    • Program Monitoring and Evaluation: Practices – 2 credits
    • Leading and Managing Social Sector Organizations: Cases and Frameworks –  2 credits
    • Policy Advocacy: Practices –  2 credits
  • Elective Course (3 credits)
    Students choose one course from the following:
    • Social Entrepreneurship – 3 credits
    • Policy Analysis and Advocacy Methods – 3 credits
    • Advanced Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning – 3 credits
  • Professional Practicum and Research (9 credits)
    During the program’s practicum period, students can expect to learn or advance their knowledge and skills in the following areas:
    • Ability to connect and learn from local contexts, cultures, and communities
    • Ability to analyze experience using definable frameworks, and to use one’s experience to critique and expand those frameworks
    • Ability to define and answer practice-centered questions using rigorous reflection on one’s own experience and other inquiry methods and sources
    • Ability to make a professional contribution to a specific project/organization
    • Ability to make a professional contribution to a community of practice
    • Enhanced critical thinking skills
    • Enhanced self-expression, communication, and networking skills
  • Capstone Paper, Seminar, and Presentation (3 credits)
    Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning through preparation of a capstone project and participation in a one-week capstone seminar held at the end of the program. Researching and writing the capstone paper takes students deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where they explore the meaning of the practicum experience, integrate theory and practice in written and oral presentations, and make a contribution to the field of sustainable development. Review past Sustainable Development capstone papers.

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