GDS Courses

GDS 200. Introduction to Development Theory and Practice. (3 hours)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the major actors, issues and practices in the field of global development. The course explores the varying models of development, or underdevelopment, and critically evaluates the various approached used to address the main challenges inherent in the development process. This course is a survey of the literature and a foundational course for more advanced courses dealing with different aspects of development. (Every semester)


GDS 215. Ethics and Moral Leadership (formerly SEP 215) (3 hours)

This course is an exploration of the character and actions of significant moral leaders throughout world history. (Every year)


GDS 301. Poverty Alleviation Models and Practices (3 hours)

Pre-requisites GDS 200.

The course examines the various mechanisms used by development practitioners in raising the standard of living around the world, with added emphasis on the roles played by the public, private and non-profit sectors. Students will learn about: private-public partnerships, microfinance, entrepreneurship models, subsidies, external investments, trade, empowerment programs, and various measures of poverty. (Every two years)


GDS 302. Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (formerly SEP 302) (3 hours)

Pre-requisite GDS 200.

This course examines the ethical dilemmas associated with our current economic and political practices. Topics to be included but not limited to are: fair trade, women-owned businesses, climate change, fiduciary responsibilities, green building, definitions of success and happiness, socially responsible investing, health and wellness, clean food and water, shareholder activism, negative externalities and costs, and renewable energy. Leveraged non-profit ventures, hybrid non-profit ventures, and social businesses are described and used to illustrate ethically-based social change strategies. (Every two years)


GDS 303. Resources, Climate Change and Development: (3 hours)

Pre-requisite GDS 200.

This course will examine the environmental processes in, and determinant of, international development, with emphasis on current challenges, concerns and policies. Students will explore issues such as resource management, sustainability, production, consumption, geography and environmental pressures integral to the development process. (Every two years)


GDS 304. Development and Global Governance: (3 hours)

Pre-requisite GDS 200.

Regulatory mechanisms and policy prescriptions imposed by international intergovernmental institutions have grown in significance in the era of globalization. This course will examine the impact of institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the various development focused agencies of the United Nations and regional development banks. (Every two years)


GDS 305. Sustainable Development (3 hours)

Pre-requisite GDS 200.

With the world poised to pursue an ambitious development agenda, sustainable development will be a central concept. This course examines the alternative perspectives and meanings of this concept by focusing on nations in transition. Topics covered will include: sustainable production and consumption, populations growth and policies, resources allocation, global inequalities and the growth imperative. (Every two years)


GDS 306. NGOs, Aid and Advocacy in Action (3 hours)

Pre-requisite GDS 200.

This course focuses on the work of non-profit, private sector agencies in the context of development and transition in areas such as humanitarian relief, advocacy and service delivery. The course explore examine the effectiveness of these agencies in serving as delivery vehicles for aid and the impact they have on the communities they serve. (Every two years)


GDS 307. Health Systems in Developing Countries (3 hours)

Pre-requisite GDS 200.

Students will learn about and compare systems of financing, organizing and delivery of health care across the developing world. Students will examine the political context, institutional evolution and national and sub-national delivery mechanisms. The course will also evaluate measures of accountability and quality of health care service. (Every two years)


GDS 390. Community Assets and Needs Assessments (formerly SEP 390) (3 hours)

Pre-requisites GDS 200.

An analysis of community based need and assessment techniques, as a prerequisite to finding and mobilizing community resources to meet community needs. Entrepreneurial solutions to community mobilization will be examined. Students, with the aid of a community partner/site supervisor, will complete asset and need assessments in local communities and generate community mobilization plans. (Practicum required) (Occasionally)


GDS 391. Program Analysis of Service and Entrepreneurial Systems (formerly 391) (3 hours)

Pre-requisites GDS 200.

This course will examine the principles and practices of effective and sustainable nonprofit organization, NGO’s or social businesses. Effective non-profits are characterized by their capacity to meet human needs or create “social value”, by their program relevance and intensity, by their cost-benefits and by the diversity of their “income streams”. The course is designed for students who desire to create their own non-profit or social businesses and pursue projects that meet human needs, are sustainable and that comply with human service universals. (Practicum Required) (Occasionally)