Academic Courses

The WGGP Spring 2014 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)


Gender Relations in International Development Graduate Minor (GRID) Course List, Spring 2014

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 Department of Human and Community Development in the College of ACES. 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:

  1. GRID Core Seminar (HCD 571G/GWS 512 offered every Spring).
  2. Two more additional units of course work from a broad list of: GRID Elective Courses (Only courses offered in Spring 2012 are listed below. For a complete list contact the WGGP Program.)

Core Course for the GRID Graduate Minor (Offered every Spring)

Human and Community Development 571/Gender and Women’s Studies 512: Gender Relations & International Development

This course focuses on analysis of the gendered dimensions of globalization and socio-economic transformation policies during the last few decades. It provides students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address global human security and gender equity issues in research and policy analysis. We will examine who gains and who loses from neoliberal policies, explore the alternative human development and capability approach, assess the disparities in the impacts of crises and reforms on women, men, and children, and study the successful strategies and policies that appear. The course will address conceptual tools for evaluating development policies based on different paradigms. It 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.

Elective Courses approved for the GRID Graduate Minor


(Lo, A) T 2:00-4:50pm 313 Davenport Hall               
This seminar considers how sociocultural anthropology has approached the study of education. Readings include ethnographies of schooling as well as works which consider how schooling is implicated in modernist projects of social improvement, the politics of cultural pluralism in nation states, and the spread of neoliberalism.


(Rosas, G) T 2:00-4:50pm 209A Davenport Hall Explores and examines the production of U. S. Latina/Latino identities as instances of international, cultural, historical, and social border crossings. In both regional and global contexts, we will analyze the ways in which Mexican American, Cuban American and Puerto Rican identities have been shaped by colonial relations vis-a-vis Spain and by postcolonial conditions vis-a-vis the United States.


(Orta, A) M 5:00-7:50pm 109A Davenport Hall
Analysis of selected topics of special interest in anthropology.


(Sirohi, R) MW 5:30-6:50pm 123 David Kinley 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.


(Baer, W) TR 2:00-3:20pm 150 Animal Sciences Lab
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.


(Esfahani, H) TR 4:30-5:50pm 219 David Kinley Hall
Review and analysis of the theories and patterns of growth in developed and underdeveloped economies; the process and impact of import substitution industrialization; trade and economic development; the role of the state and privatization in the development process; agricultural stagnation and modernization.

Educational Policy Studies 530: EDUCATION AND GLOBALIZATION

(Greenhalgh-Spencer, H) T 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.


(Dhillon, P) R 1:00-3:50pm 37 Education Building
In this course we will examine the moral and political dimensions of international human rights and human rights education as a crucial protocol for realizing global justice. After examining the historical development of human rights, we will explore different philosophical approaches to human rights and the limits of each particularly as they relate to issues of human rights education. We will then take up challenges presented to human rights discourse and education from three different perspectives--feminism, the capabilities approach, and from within non-Western contexts-and also consider efforts to respond to them. Such consideration is important in light of developing best practices in human rights education. An important component in thinking about human rights within the context of global justice will be considering the role of education in freedom from poverty. Finally, we will examine the role the arts can play in human rights education. It is important to note that the focus of the seminar will be on human rights education and educating for global justice rather than the single issue topic of education as a human right.

Human Development and Family Studies 426: FAMILY CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

(Ferguson, G) TR 11:00am-12:20pm 7 Christopher Hall
Examines processes of conflict management in family and community disputes; emphasizes negotiation and mediation as modes of dispute settlement.


(Chen, Y) M 11:00am-1:50pm 47 Inst Labor & Industrial Relations
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 8:00am-10:50am TBD
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.

Religious Studies 403: WOMEN IN MUSLIM SOCIETIES

(Hoffman, V) TR 3:30-4:50pm TBD
Examination of gender ideologies and social realities affecting the lives of women in various Muslim countries.

Urban and Regional Planning 478: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

(Salo, K) TR 9:30-10:50am 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.

Urban and Regional Planning 521: INTERNATIONAL PLANNING SEMINAR

(Miraftab, F) T 5:00-7:50pm 19 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall
Advanced graduate seminar concerning urban and regional development processes in a global context. Closely examines critical issues and select topics in international development planning based upon individual research readings.