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|MSFS 711 - Dev & Religious Institutions|
As the large majority of populations in most low and middle income countries have significant religious affiliations and much of their lives revolve around those affiliations and related beliefs, a basic understanding of both landscape and issues is essential. Despite a growing consensus that “religious literacy” must be part of the skill set for development and humanitarian work, knowledge gaps and misperceptions persist. This intensive module provides an overview of how religious institutions and approaches have evolved on various development topics, so that students are familiar with what is involved in “mapping” global, country, and sector engagement. Student teams will investigate specific topics that situate religious engagement in broader development strategies (for example health and environment). Contentious issues including approaches to governance, proselytizing, and gender issues are explored both so that students appreciate positive and negative dimensions and to hone their strategic approaches to religious engagement.
1.500 Credit hours
1.500 Lecture hours
Levels: MN or MC Graduate
Schedule Types: Seminar
MS in Foreign Service Department