The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) Program is an academic unit in the International Programs and Studies Division of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We promote the study of human development in international settings. Because such development has gender, cultural, economic, legal, moral, political, social, and technological dimensions, we emphasize scholarly activities that advance our understanding of how resource inequalities and gender equity affect individual and community capabilities. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, we address and critically evaluate human development issues by: Conducting research; Impacting policy and decision making as well as practice; Educating future academic and policy leaders; Engaging academic, policy, government, and non-governmental, and community leaders; and Highlighting the centrality of gender in human development
The WGGP Spring 2016 Course List includes only graduate courses that satisfy the requirements for the GRID minor.
Complete list of all Elective Courses for WGGP GRID Minor (click for pdf link)
WOMEN AND GENDER IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor (GRID) Course List, Spring 2016
This Course List, compiled by the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP), includes GRID Core and Elective Courses that are approved for the graduate minor, Gender Relations in International Development (GRID), administered by WGGP in conjunction with the School of Social Work. The interdisciplinary GRID minor has been cooperatively developed by a number of sponsoring academic units for students who are interested in scholarship and employment in such areas as public policy analysis and planning, international agriculture, international business, comparative education, comparative social science and human resource development in an international context.
For the GRID minor, students must, in addition to fulfilling the degree requirements of their major department, take:
- GRID Core Seminar (WGGP 581/SocW 581/GWS 512 offered every Spring).
- Two more additional units of course work from a broad list of: GRID Elective Courses (Only courses offered in Spring 2016 are listed below. For a complete list contact the WGGP Program.)
Core Course for the GRID Graduate Minor (Offered every Spring)
Students in this course acquire the theoretical and empirical skills required for understanding, evaluating, and critiquing development programs and policies. The core focus is on the gendered dimensions of such programs and policies. Theoretical skills are acquired through comparative analyses of competing models of development such as the capability approach, dependency theory, and neo-liberal theory. Empirical skills are built by critically evaluating national and international programs and policies related to education, health, nutrition, and agriculture as well as access to economic resources and the means of production. This course satisfies the core requirement for the GRID graduate minor offered by the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) program and Human and Community Development in cooperation with departments and units across campus; for more information, check the WGGP webpage. Related seminars and other programs are offered by WGGP and cosponsors; students are encouraged to attend these and other related events.
Spring 2016 Elective Courses approved for the GRID Graduate Minor
Agr & Consumer Econ 451: AGRICULTURE IN INTL DEV
(McNamara, P.) TR 09:30-10:50am 313 Mumford Hall
Economics of agricultural development and the relationships between agriculture and other sectors of the economy in developing nations; agricultural productivity and levels of living in the less developed areas of the world; and studies of agricultural development in different world regions including Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Economics 450: DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS
(Veras De Paiva Fonseca, H.) TR 2:00-3:20pm 226 Wohlers Hall
Analyzes the economic problems associated with newly developing nations; emphasizes their economic structures, their factor scarcities, and their programs for development. Not open for graduate credit to graduate candidates in economics.
Economics 452: THE LATIN AMERICAN ECONOMIES
(Baer, W) TR 12:30-1:50pm 114 David Kinley Hall
Focuses on the economic history of the region, the recent industrialization process and its impact, the role of the state and foreign capital, the impact of the recent privatization processes, inflation and stabilization policies, and issues surrounding the distribution of income.
Educational Policy Studies 421: RACIAL AND ETHNIC FAMILIES
(Barnett, B.) T 01:00-2:50pm 323 Education Building
Graduate- level sociological examination of how gender, race, ethnicity, cultural diversity and class function in the development of diverse American families, which are important foundations of education. Primary attention will be given to African American and Hispanic families. Secondary attention will be given to Asian American, Native American and other racial and ethnic family groups.
Educational Policy Studies 530: EDUCATION AND GLOBALIZATION
(McCarthy, C.) R 7:00-9:00pm TBD
Analyses of the role and functions of education in social, political, and economic development, with particular reference to the new and the developing countries.
Human Development & Family Studies 422: US LATINA AND LATINO FAMILIES
(Raffaelli, M.) TR 11:00-12:20pm 5 Christopher Hall
Explores a variety of topics and provides a basic overview of issues relevant to the understanding of Latina/Latino families and children in the United States. Examines recent demographic changes in the U.S. population and its implications for the socialization and education of Latina/Latino children and their families. Course content looks at such areas as who are Latina/Latino families; how are those families different from others; what are the similarities and differences within Latinas/Latinos; how does acculturation and language fit into our understanding of these families; and what are the implications for the education success of current and future Latina/Latino children.
Human Development & Family Studies 426: FAMILY CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
(Ferguson, G.) MW 11:00-12:20pm 7 Christopher Hall
Examines processes of conflict management in family and community disputes; emphasizes negotiation and mediation as modes of dispute settlement.
Labor and Employee Relations 566: INTERNATIONAL HR MANAGEMENT
(Chen, Y.) M 11:00am-01:50pm 35 Inst Labor & Industrial Rel
Human resource management issues examined from the perspective of the multinational firm. Topics include globalization and human resource strategy, management and the structure of multinational firms, dealing with intercultural differences, selecting employees for foreign assignments, training and developing expatriate employees, evaluation and compensation of employees in international assignments. Individual and group projects.
Labor and Employee Relations 595: MANAGING DIVERSITY GLOBALLY
(Kramer, A) R 8:00-10:50am 35 Inst. Labor & Industrial Rel
In a global economy workplace diversity is not a trend; it is a reality faced by corporate leaders, human resource professionals and management consultants. Within the US, immigration, migration, and gender and racial differences have been major trends shaping workplace composition. Globalization places additional pressures on managing workplace diversity effectively. In this setting, training managers and human resource professionals to manage differences and adapt to multiple national and cultural contexts is an imperative. Course provides an in-depth understanding of how managers and HR professionals can be effective in not only managing diversity in a global context, but also in leveraging global diversity as a competitive advantage. By the end of this course students will have a holistic appreciation of the tools necessary to implement effective diversity management practices for a globally inclusive workplace.
Urban and Regional Planning 478: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
(Salo, K.) MW 10:30-11:50am 19 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Application of community development principles and techniques to the solution of environmental, economic and social problems facing low income urban communities. Participants collaborate with neighborhood leaders to produce stabilization plans promoting business development, job generation, housing improvement and municipal service delivery. Involves small group projects and off-campus field work.