ECO 714 - Economic Development (3)

This course will be a survey of the major issues in economic development. There will be an overview of the central questions in economic development, including the very definition of development itself; the problem of how to measure economic development; the causes and consequences of differenced in economic growth rates among countries; and a review of the history of international development policymaking. Topics covered will include international trade policy, international capital flows, exchange rate policy, inflation, public finance, monetary policy, agriculture, population, and the environment. The class will end with a synthesis of these diverse fields into the theory of development economics as a tool for promoting growth and reducing poverty.

  • Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master's Program.

ECO 725 - Micropolitics of Development (3)

The primary goal of this course is to help students attain an understanding of the struggles for survival that groups, individuals and organizations face, and the strategies they use to combat those challenges. This course will focus on the project level in which development takes place, and will introduce the main categories that affect the development and political process and how those impact on individual choices. Those key classifications include but not limited to disability status, ethnicity, religion, gender, caste, and other differences inherent within the national framework.

  • Prerequisites: EDF 770: Introduction to International Development and EDF 772: Introduction to ID with People with Disabilities in Developing countries.

EDU 720 - Introduction to Research (3)

The focus of this course is research as a strategy of inquiry for improving practice and advancing our professions. The general principles of qualitative, quantitative, and action research designs will be considered, along with related problems of measurement, statement and clarification of research problems, and basic statistical methods for describing data. The goal is to produce professionals who are consumers of research in their fields who can apply research for the improvement of their school or work settings.

EDU 834 - Program Development and Evaluation in Special Education and Human Services (3)

This course focuses on the design, development and evaluation of programs for individuals with disabilities. Topics to be covered include interpreting policy statements into relevant programmatic goals and objectives; determining organizational components and functions; establishing staffing patterns; setting up program-based budgets; and formulating ongoing process evaluation, product evaluation, and cost analysis plans. Students will be required to submit a proposal in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP), thereby increasing their managerial skills through simulation of an actual grant-writing experience.

  • Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

EDU 835 - Project Design and Implementation (3)

The course covers the design, planning, and implementation of education and community development projects for and by disabled people and other disenfranchised groups in developing nations. The theoretical framework will include the nature of social change in traditional societies and the implications for minority peoples. Students will acquire planning and management skills while being encouraged to develop the sense of reflection, flexibility, and determination that underpins effective work in international development assistance.

  • Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the International Development Masters of Arts Program; or permission of instructor

GOV 791 - International Relations and Development (3)

Students are introduced to significant topics in international relations that affect economic and social development. Among the topics to be included will be: theories of the nation-state; theories of peace and war; theories, perspectives and measures of economic and social development; the role of international organizations and international law related to conflict resolution and development; Case studies of development reflecting various perspectives; and the role of women and disabled people as both participants and subjects of the development process.

IDP 770 - Introduction to International Development (3)

This course introduces students to the theories and strategies of international development from the end of the Cold War until the current era of globalization. Development organizations possess varying theoretical assumptions and strategies about development. The students will study and critically analyze these assumptions in order to understand how these theories influence the strategies and programming overseas and the positive and negative outcomes of following these strategies. The students will learn to analyze which strategies work best and to create their own theory of development. Special attention will be given to the effect of development on people with disabilities in developing countries.

  • Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the International Development Masters of Arts Program; or permission of instructor

IDP 772 - International Development with People with Disabilities in Developing Countries (3)

This course introduces professionals to the political, social and developmental issues surrounding disability that result in the continual oppression and marginalization of disabled people throughout the developing world. Drawing upon disability studies, models of development, current overseas development assistance programs, case studies, and reflections from leaders in the field, the course examines issues and conditions that impact people with disabilities in developing countries. Strategies are discussed which include and empower people with disabilities at both the international and grassroots level.

  • Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the International Development Masters of Arts Program; or permission of instructor

IDP 773 - Gender, Disability and Development (3)

This course addresses the social structural and cultural aspects of gender roles and of disability in traditional societies. It discusses family and work roles and how disability affects these. It also examines religious and cultural expectations of gender and of disability, social structural issues specific to males and females, disability policies and issues in developing countries, the women's and disability movements, and the relationships between industrialization, economic development and globalization, on the one hand, and gender roles, disability, and disability policy, on the other.

  • Prerequisites: Acceptance into DEFR's MA program in International Development or permission of the instructor

IDP 780 - Supervised Practicum for Master of Arts Degree in International Development (3)

The supervised practicum is a field experience observing and working in a development assistance organization, federal agency, or nonprofit organization and is an important part of the M.A. Program in International Development. the supervised field practicum is the first experience that provides the opportunity for students to integrate the interdisciplinary coursework and learned theory into an on-site experience. Supervision, collaboration, and guidance are provided by the on-site supervisor and university-based supervisor to support and assist the student in developing practical knowledge of international development issues. The supervised practicum in the field of international development requires a minimum of 40 clock hours per credit hour or 120 hours.

  • Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the International Development Masters of Arts Program; or permission of instructor

IDP 781 - Supervised Internship for Master of Arts Degree in International Development (6)

An important part of the M.A. Program in International Development is a field experience working in a development assistance organization, federal agency, or nonprofit organization. The field internship integrates the student's interdisciplinary coursework and learned theory into an on-site practice either in the United States or overseas. Supervision, collaboration, and guidance from the fieldwork supervisor facilitates the students skills in working in a formal work setting, providing appropriate assistance, practicing skills learned through coursework, and developing their own abilities.

  • Prerequisites: Current enrollment in the International Development Masters of Arts Program; or permission of instructor


In addition to courses at Gallaudet University, students can also enroll in courses at other universities in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (CUWMA) which include Georgetown, American, and George Washington. 

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