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Fall 2019
Jul 10, 2020
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INAF 493 - Ethics/Development: Gender
International development programs aim to end world poverty, achieve human rights, and allow people to flourish in peace. The ideal that all human beings have the right to a decent life and to justice takes on new meaning as the world’s deep inequalities and inequities stare us in the face. But the ends and ethics of international assistance are hotly debated. Is the goal prosperity or happiness? Outcomes or opportunity? Is it more about charity or rights? Who bears the responsibility? What can ensure sustainability, and how will we know if it is achieved? Is there a single path or “multiple modernities”? What would a ladder of priorities look like? Who judges success or failure, by what measure, and by what authority? Intensive discussions about these questions surrounded discussions about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that, in 2015, succeeded the 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Debates continue, as tighter linkages among goals become glaringly obvious. The complex SDGs are thus summarized as 5 Ps: people and prosperity (the traditional development focus), planet and peace (shorthand for the challenges of climate change and conflicts) and partnerships. Efforts to translate bold goals for human development into practical, benchmarked programs, for example to achieve universal access to quality education and health, call for multisectoral partnerships. Conflicts and natural disasters upend orderly development, encouraging a sharpened focus on what human security entails. Roles played by religious actors in international affairs take on new significance in this context.

This seminar combines reflection about international development challenges with a pragmatic exploration of how development practitioners and scholars contend with them in their daily work. It will approach the issues with a particular focus on the challenges involved in a central goal: gender equality. The course explores how policy choices are framed and applied and why the challenges of poverty and social justice are so significant today. We compare different approaches, ranging from security to political to moral to economic and to protection of the environment. Starting from the foundation of the human rights that have shaped the evolution and approach of much contemporary development thinking, the course explores what a rights-based approach implies and its strengths and weaknesses. It thus addresses a wide range of development topics and controversies and the ethical challenges they pose.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

International Affairs Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/IECO Supporting Courses, SFS/IPEC Supporting Courses, SFS/IPOL International Law

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