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University of Toronto - School of Public Policy and Governance

PPG 2002: Practical Issues in International Development

Description: This course will explore international development from the perspective of practice. We examine central questions – why so many people are in deep poverty and what can be done about it – by considering the practical levers available to program leaders and policy makers. The course will therefore approach these large questions by iterating between two points of view: first, practical case studies, and second, conceptual frameworks and analytical readings. Students will participate in the interchange, as we progressively deepen our understanding of the core questions. We will interrogate a multi-disciplinary literature from the perspective of cumulative experience in development and immediate issues facing practitioners; we aim for a perspective that enables practitioners to adapt to and learn from the dynamic, uncertain environment in which they must work. 

Faculty: James Radner (Fall 2013)

Source: Course syllabus at http://portal.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/en/Courses/UofT-SPPG/PPG-2002InternationalDevelopment/Syllabus/PPG2002H%20Syllabus%20-Fall%202012_Radner(1).pdf (accessed 6 January 2014)

 

Teaching Topics Addressed in this Course, Organized by Public Policy and Management Subject

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Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles in the syllabus provide an excellent list of topics to be created on the Atlas:

  • What is development?
  • Health and development
  • Development strategies in theory and practice
  • The economic role of the state
  • Democracy, accountability and human rights in development
  • Civil society and the private sector in development
  • Community based development, individual empowerment and the problem of scale
  • Aid and development: does it work?
  • What should aid agencies do?
  • Natural resources, geography and infrastructure investments in development
  • International trade and development
  • Fragile states, civil conflict, humanitarianism and development
  • Program evaluation and policy learning in development

Page created by: Ian Clark, 6 January 2014. The content presented on this page, except in the Commentary, is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

 

 Syllabus

PPG2002H Syllabus -Fall 2012_Radner(1).pdfPPG2002H Syllabus -Fall 2012_Radner(1)

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