Academic Courses

The WGGP Spring 2015 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 2015

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

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 2015 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.

(Rosas, G)                                           T                      09:00-11 :50am           TBA
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.

(Akresh, R.)                                        MW                 12:00-01:20pm            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                   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.

(Esfahani, H)                                       MW                 2:00-3:20pm                317 David Kinley Hall
Theories of economic development and growth. Covers the role of agriculture, trade, manufacturing, human capital, genetics, geography and culture in growth.

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.

(Nobili, M.)                                         F                      01:00-02:50pm            318 Gregory Hall
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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       47 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.

(Zhan, M.)                                           TR                   09:30-10:45am            TBA
Extends concepts and theories introduced in SOCW 451 with a focus on women including how cultural belief systems related to gender are instantiated through the differential treatment of females and males in our educational, mental health, social welfare and health care systems; and the consequences of such practices throughout the lifespan. Includes consideration of policies and practices that support women emphasizing issues of special concern to women of color, lesbians, older women, impoverished women and disabled women.

Urban and Regional Planning 478:  COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
(Harwood, S.)                                     TR                   03:00-04:20pm            223 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.