The concentrations are much more than merely a collection of courses. They are the heart of intellectual engagement and innovation within the program. Each concentration has a committee consisting of interested faculty and students, chaired by a faculty member. The concentrations sponsor invited guest lectures, organize workshops and events, create working groups and serve as the key locus for curricular planning at the concentration level.
The Cities and Social Justice concentration is a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with the necessary analytic and practical skills to understand and productively engage with urban processes in a globalizing world. The coursework and practical training enables students to focus on a diversity of topics and issues affecting urban centers, including urban development and infrastructure, urban governance, citizenship and human rights, media and culture, environment, and sustainability.
Cities and EmploymentCity in EnvironmentClimate Change and CitiesDesigning Collaborative Development
Economics of Cities: International PerspectiveEvaluating Development ImpactGIS for International Crisis, Development, and the EnvironmentGlobal ExchangeGlobal Urban Environmental PolicyGlobal Urban Futures
Housing and Development Finance: International PerspectiveHousing PolicyPolitical Economy of the CitySustainable Urban CommunitiesUrban Development Policy in Africa
Urban Century (Foundation course)
Antina von Schnitzler (chair), Robert Buckley, Michael Cohen, Margarita Gutman, Achilles Kallergis, Victoria Marshall, Stephen Metts, Shagun Mehrota, Alberto Minujin
This concentration is designed for students who wish to develop a professional or academic interest in the areas of conflict, conflict prevention, and security. The course offerings, the selection of speakers, the research of associated faculty, and the practical work by students reflect a number of core beliefs. We share a sense that the fields of conflict and security are changing quickly; that it is crucial to explore the relationship of conflict and security to other areas such as socioeconomic development, social welfare, and humanitarianism; and that emerging professionals in this area must combine both conceptual understanding and practical tools.
Amid Revolution and Wars: Geopolitics of the Middle East and North Africa 1915-2011 Critical Security Studies (Foundation course)Emergency, Security, and DemocracyHuman Rights and Transitional JusticeHumanitarian InterventionIndia and China InteractionsMedia and the Middle EastPeace Building and DevelopmentSouth Africa: History, Politics, and CultureThe Resource Curse: Conflict, Governance, and Exclusion
Stephen Collier (chair), Anna DiLellio, David Gold, Sean Jacobs, L.H.M. Ling, Erin McCandless, Everita Silina
This concentration is designed for students who wish to develop a professional or academic interest in the global challenges of development, inequality, and poverty. The concentration focuses on concepts, measurement tools, and policy alternatives. The course offerings, the research of associated faculty, and the work of students reflect a number of core motivations. We share a commitment to development as a process that is fundamentally about improving human well-being and securing greater social justice. We believe that the challenges of economic growth, social development, political freedoms, cultural diversity, and security are interrelated and that the analysis of development requires an interdisciplinary approach. Courses address issues such as economic globalization, human rights and development ethics, gender, sustainability, human security, and social policy.
Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality City in EnvironmentDesigning Collaborative DevelopmentDevelopment Economics (Foundation course)Economic Crisis and its Global Consequences
Economies of Cities: International PerspectivesEpidemics and International ResponsesEvaluating Development ImpactGender and the Middle EastGIS for International Crises, Development, and the EnvironmentGlobal Urban FuturesPeace Building and DevelopmentRural and Regional Development in the AmericasThe Resource Curse: Conflict, Governance, and ExclusionUrban Development Policy in Africa
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (chair), Ilir Agalliu, Fabiola Berdiel, Sheila Dauer, Katayoun Chamany, Michael Cohen, Sheila Dauer, Anna DiLellio, Goncalo Fonseca, Max Fraad-Wolff, Alec Ian Gershberg, David Gold, Barry Herman, Mark Johnson, David Lamoureux, Terra Lawson-Remer, Christopher London, Manjari Mahajan, Scott Martin, Erin McCandless, Shagun Mehrotra, Alberto Minujin, Usha Nayar, Tom O'Donnell, Fabio Parasecoli, Mila Rosenthal, Antina von Schnitzler, Maxine Weisgrau, Richard Wolff
Government and Rights focuses on the relation between order, freedom, and responsibility in the global political and legal context. Governance is the ensemble of practices and institutions concerned with the formal ordering of society. This includes local and national government, international organizations, and civil society. Rights refers to claims by individuals and groups for specific entitlements that invoke obligations. The concentration explores how governance structures secure, maintain, or constrain rights, and how rights claims serve to construct, create, and challenge practices of government. Within the concentration there is currently special emphasis on human rights, international law and refugee issues, and migration.
Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality Epidemics and International ResponsesGender and the Middle EastGlobal Governance (Foundation course)Global Youth MediaHuman Rights and Transitional JusticeHuman Rights Research and ReportingHumanitarian InterventionIndia and China InteractionsInternational Human Rights LawSouth Africa: History, Politics, Culture
Everita Silina (chair), Sheila Dauer, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Alec Gershberg, Eduardo Gonzalez, L.H.M. Ling, Peter Lucas, Manjari Mahajan, Erin McCandless, Usha Nayar, Mona Shomali, Maxine Weisgrau
The Media and Culture concentration explores theory and practice in the intersection of politics, economics, press and entertainment, public and state policy, and international and domestic cultural conditions. In particular, MC focuses on the fascinating and complex relationship between media and democracy around the world, with equal consideration to the roles of state and private institutions and their positive and negative influences on the media in both democratic and non-democratic societies.
Designing Collaborative Development Global Youth Media
Global Soccer, Global PoliticsHollywood and the WorldMedia and the Middle East
Media and Politics of PropagandaNews Media and Culture: Purveyors of International Affairs (Foundation course)
Producing Short-Form DocumentariesSouth Africa: History, Politics, CultureThe Poetics of WitnessingThe Power to Speak TruthVideo Production and Advocacy for NGOs
Sean Jacobs (chair), Glenna Gordon, Omar Karim, Tony Karon, Nina L. Khrushcheva, Peter Lucas, Nerina Penzhorn
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