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IE 478 - Managing International Development Programs

  • 3 credits
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Why do countries invest in the development of others? What does sustainable development really mean and how do we achieve it? The answers to these questions are perhaps the central interest of international development practitioners around the world.

This course is a practical skill-building course for designing and managing international projects that aim to solve global development issues that support a country's self-reliance, environmental sustainability, population health, education reforms and alleviate poverty. Along the way, we will discuss the role of culture in sustainable development as well as a number of geopolitical issues that inhibit program success.

Students will have an opportunity to learn how to write grant proposals, develop project work plans, design data collection methodologies, learn directly from development practitioners and recruiters about the industry, and complete a career readiness component. The course draws on students' personal and professional interests and capacities for the design of course content and process.

Join us as we turn theory into practice, problems into sustainable solutions, and prepare you for global citizenship!

This course can be applied toward:

  • International Development Minor (requirement)
  • Elective (graduate and undergraduate)

Junior standing.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Development Practitioner's Gems of Wisdom for Managing USAID Awards
  • The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies, 1st Ed. (2018)
    Veltmeyer, H. & Bowles, P. (eds.)

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.