MaconCatalog : College of Liberal Arts and Sciences : ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS : GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (GDS)
Amy Nichols-Belo, Chair/Associate Professor of Global Health and Anthropology
Rachael Goodman, Assistant Professor
Global Development Studies is part of the International and Global Studies Department. For more information about that department please see the INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL STUDIES section in this catalog.
At its most basic level, international development is about improving the quality of life. At its core it is addressing human security, conditions, resources, trends and organizations that influence the degree to which people are able to enjoy a prosperous, healthy, productive and fulfilling life. Development studies is a multi-disciplinary field of study that examines a wide range of issues: foreign aid, poverty alleviation methods such as social entrepreneurship, and the provision of basic services such as health, education, security, and nutrition. Students who select this major have a variety of career options, from working with non-governmental organizations that focus on a specific challenge, to governmental and intergovernmental agencies that coordinate and provide humanitarian services and empowerment programs. This major constitutes the very definition of what it means to “change the world”; every course and every experience is oriented toward the ultimate goal of raising the standard of living across the globe.
Collectively, these requirements are intended to meet the following objectives and competency areas (1) Intercultural understanding, (2) Global citizenship and civic engagement, and (3) Leading in a global context.
Major in Global Development Studies
50-53 semester credit hours minimum
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
A. Core Foundational Courses: 24 hours
ANT 101. Introduction to Anthropology or GEO 111 Human Geography
GHS 200. Introduction to Global Health
IAF 253. Introduction to International Relations
GDS 200. Introduction to Development Theory and Practice
ECN 150 or 151. Principles of Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
STA 126. Introductory Statistics
Foreign language: CHN, FRE, GER, or SPN 251
(FRE/GER/SPN 251 may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the foreign language placement exam.)
IGS 301. Research Design
B. Electives: 21 hours, with a minimum of 4 GDS courses
ECN 432. Urban and Regional Economics
ECN 438. Public Finance
ECN 441. International Economics
GDS 215. Ethics and Moral Leadership
GDS 301. Poverty Alleviation Models and Practices
GDS 302. Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship: Civic Imagination
GDS 303. Resources, Climate Change, and Development
GDS 304. Development and Global Governance
GDS 305. Sustainable Development
GDS 306. NGOs, Aid, and Advocacy in Action
GDS 307. Health Systems in Developing Countries
GDS 390. Community Assets and Needs Assessment
GDS 391. Program Analysis of Service and Entrepreneurial Systems
IGS 380. Special Advanced Topics in Global Studies
MGT 363. Principles of Management
POL 312. Politics of Developing Nations
POL/WGS 314. Women in Developing Countries
POL 356. International Political Economy
C. Experiential: Students must complete at least two of the following experiences: (i) a study-abroad experience; (ii) International service-learning through Mercer on Mission or similar program; (iii) internship, domestic or abroad; (iv) academic research to present at an academic conference, on- or off-campus; (v) field research abroad; (vi) collaboration with a faculty member on a research project; (vii) participation on a Mercer team that competes in conferences on innovations in global development work; (viii) participation in at least one simulation conference such as Model United Nations, Model World Health Organization, or Model Arab League.
Minor in Global Development Studies
18 semester credit hours minimum
GDS 200
Five electives of which three must be GDS courses.
A minimum of 9 hours has to be at the 300 level of above.
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 evaluates the various approaches 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)
Prerequisite: 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)
Prerequisite: GDS 200.
This course examines the ethical dilemmas associated with our current economic and political practices. Topics include 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)
Prerequisite: 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)
Prerequisite: 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, World Trade Organization, various development focused agencies of the United Nations, and regional development banks. (Every two years)
GDS 305. Sustainable Development (3 hours)
Prerequisite: 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, population growth and policies, resources allocation, global inequalities, and the growth imperative. (Every two years)
GDS 306. NGOs, Aid, and Advocacy in Action (3 hours)
Prerequisite: 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 explores 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)
Prerequisite: 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)
Prerequisite: 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 SEP 391) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GDS 200.
This course will examine the principles and practices of effective and sustainable nonprofit organizations, NGO’s or social businesses. Effective nonprofits 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 nonprofit or social businesses and pursue projects that meet human needs, are sustainable, and comply with human service universals. Practicum required. (Occasionally)