Assignments

The following assignments will help you work toward your final project. Each assignment should be at least two pages (12pt Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced, one-inch margins, name and date listed in the Header) and include an accompanying MIND MAP using online tools such as MindmeisterMindmomo, or Comapping. (each has free trial). Copy and paste the text into the body of your discussion submission to make it easier for your classmates to read and comment without opening an attachment. ALWAYS cite academic sources for your information in bibliography format.

Assignment 1: Site Selection and problem identification:

Each student will select a location in a different country and identify a very specific development ‘problem’ (famine, disease, education, water-resources, child-stunting, fistula, etc) that will remain the ‘area of specialization’ throughout the semester. Create a two-page description of the site and the problem that you plan to address. Be sure to include who is affected by the problem and why. Resources to aid in site selection can include contemporary news reports, multilateral organization websites (UNDP, FAO, etc), and scholarly research. Be sure to include references for your information!

Assignment 2: Background Report

Create a two-page background report on your selected location. The background should include: 1.) General Overview of the area, 2.) Geography (location, environment, ecological significance, etc), 3.) Population Demographics, 4.) Political Infrastructure, 5.) Economic activities, and 6.) A brief history of the area as it relates to your identified problem (ie indigenous history, previous colonization, wars, famines, disasters, etc). Be prepared to discuss and present to the class. Data resources can include: CIA World Factbook.

Assignment 3: Cultural Analysis

Produce a two-page report describing the local contexts at your site. What is the cultural landscape of the location? What of systems of inequality are operating on the ground (consider gender, race, nationality, class, ethnic, etc.), and how have these inequalities affected the experiences of people living at your selected location? How do you anticipate the global flow of your development project to articulate with the local circumstances in your selected area?

Assignment #4: Project Outline

Create a full one-page outline of your paper/project following the rubric in the Final Project description. The outline must be fleshed out with solid content to receive credit  (ie outlines with single sentences per section or sparse word fragments will not receive credit.) Include at least five scholarly sources of information about your project site, and in-text reference your data within the outline. After submitting your outline, provide feedback to at least two outlines submitted by your classmates in the discussion – you must include ways to improve the project outline. Simply telling someone they did a great job is not sufficient.

Final Paper: New Solutions to Contemporary Development Challenges

Create a five-page proposal for a new development project targeting the problem you identified in your first assignment. Your proposal should include:
1.) Your theoretical approach (ie market-based a’la Hayek & Smith or government-based a’la Keynes & Polanyi) and why it is appropriate.
2.) Describe how your strategy will go beyond the symptom (ie famine) and address the underlying issue (ie agricultural policy).
3.) Use the information collected in the Background assignment to show how your strategy will addresses the unique social and historical circumstances that are relevant to your site.
4.) Clarify how your project will consider social inequalities in your locale in order to ensure an equitable distribution of the benefits of development?
5.) Include the information presented in class and in the readings to support your argument.

Final Poster:

Create a digital poster for your selected problem and solutions on Powerpoint, Easely, MS Publisher, etc. Design the poster so that a viewer will be able to understand it without your explanation. Use the feedback you received in peer review to revise the presentation and your proposal. Upload your final paper and poster to the course website before the due date (you will receive instructions in class) as part of a public website on social change and international development.