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CEDEV 597E Syllabus

Instructor

Terence M. Milstead, Ph.D.

Terrance

Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education
Instructor
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (850) 339-9714
Office Hours: By appointment only
E-mail: Please use Inbox in Canvas

 I will do my best to respond to your emails (use Canvas Inbox) within 24 hours, and I will let you know if I’m going to be unavailable for any length of time.

Course Overview

CEDEV 597E is intended to help maximize career opportunities for busy professionals and postgraduate researchers. The course will be delivered online through PSU World Campus. The program will provide participants with a strong inter-disciplinary foundation and continuing professional development expertise in the area of international development practice.

This innovative program is designed for development practitioners who wish to pursue careers within international organizations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic institutions, and consultancy firms engaged in international development practice. The program will create a cohort of international practitioners with the capacity to analyze and scrutinize some of the most chronic developmental problems of the twenty-first century and to provide participants with the practical skills to provide resolution along a wide spectrum of critical policy areas.

CEDEV 597E consists of 15 modules or weeks, all located within our site on Canvas. This course is a synchronous course, meaning that you are part of a "cohort" or learning community. There are regular due dates for assignments, and a fixed start and end date. There are interactive sessions where you communicate with others in the class.

This course is designed to enhance students’ conceptualization of a number of central issues in both international development theory and practice and to aid students in their respective career paths by providing them with the necessary theoretical tools to improve their critical thinking and reflective practice. The course will draw on the experiences of participants and will provide students with an extensive comprehension of what ‘development’ entails and theories of development and International Development practice.

The course will also highlight the correlation between both practice and theory and the outcomes that emanate from this interaction.

Additionally, a critical analysis of the progress of development as an enterprise and as a scholarly discipline since the Second World War will attempt to critically appraise the relevance of the development discourse in the light of global changes. International development addresses issues of how economic growth and disparity are spatially distributed and differentiated, and what causes these patterns to occur.

This can be challenging. The first challenge is defining exactly what development is and identifying who ultimately decides the policies and practices that determine its fate. The second is determining who benefits and who bears the costs of particular development strategies.

Now, more than ever, global understanding is increasingly necessary. Understanding the dynamic role of economic, social and political issues is important in studying the complexity of international development theories, policies, and practices.

 

Course Goals

The goals of this course are to:

  • uncover ambiguities in preexisting definitions and theories of international development
  • analyze various approaches, changes in discourse overtime and varying strategies for implementation.
  • examine development theory and policy and the macro level factors that affect the implementation of development theory into practice.

 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will:

  • Recognize and explain key concepts, ideas and debates in development literature.
  • Outline the main opportunities and constraints related to the development of economies and the reduction of poverty.
  • Outline and discuss current debates regarding the roles of markets, the state, institutions, property rights, natural resources, civil society, and the role of international organizations in development practice.
  • Engage in analysis of development theories, policies, and practice through in-depth study of the literature and several development case studies.

 

Required Course Materials

Two textbooks are required for this course. They are available online through various retailers.

McMichael, Phillip. 2017. Development and Social Change: A Global Perspective 6th Edition. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications Inc.

*Peet, Richard and Elaine Hartwick. 2015. Theories of Development: Contentions, Arguments, and Alternatives. 3rd Edition. New York; London: The Guilford Press.

*E-Book Option: An online version of this text is available at no cost as a Penn State Library E-Book. You can access the E-Book through the Library Resources link on the course navigation. Some E-Books will only be available online, while others will be available to download in full or in part. You may choose to use the E-Book as an alternative to purchasing a physical copy of the text. For questions or issues, you can contact the University Libraries Reserve Help (UL-RESERVESHELP@LISTS.PSU.EDU).

Additional course readings are held on reserve at the Penn State Libraries. Access the link to these readings through the "Library Resources" link in Canvas

Course Requirements

Class Participation: Class participation, tin on-line discussions is an expected and essential component of the class. Your first postings are due by the end of the day on Friday, and your responses to others’ postings are to be done by Sunday. This will constitute 45% of your final grade.

Four Integrative Essays: Four integrative essays due as indicated during the semester, each is 10% of the course grade for a total of 40%.

Each of the four papers throughout the semester will have the same requirements. The topic of the paper will be of your choice, but should highlight at least one of the various concepts covered by the course since the previous paper. All papers must be 4-5 pages in length, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. In these papers, the expectation is for you to select a concept or principle and demonstrate an understanding by analyzing a real-world situation in the context of the course. Including some of the points covered by the preceding papers is acceptable and encouraged, but the main issues discussed in the paper should be of more recent material. Do not limit yourself to the issues we have discussed on the message board, but rather, write about the issue that you feel most connected to.

Please check the course summary in your Canvas syllabus or your Canvas calendar for the exact due dates. Each paper should be submitted to the appropriate assignment.

Final Paper: The final paper is an integrative essay that will pull all the components of this course into a practical exercise. This exercise constitutes 15% of the course grade.

The final paper will be similar to the four integrative essays as far as structure and instruction. The only difference is length. The final paper is designed to give you ample time to expand your ideas and analyze a concept in more detail. Therefore, this paper will be 8-10 pages double-spaced. This will be due the last week of class.

Grading

There are 1,000 total points for this course. As noted above, papers account for 550 points, or 55% of your grade, and class participation accounts for 450 points, or 45% of your grade.

The turnaround time for graded assignments is generally one week or less.

Final letter grades will be awarded according to the following distribution:

Assignment% of Grade
Class Participation 45%
Integrative Essays (4) 40%
Final Paper 15%
Letter
Grade
PointsPercentage
A 930-1000 93 - 100%
A- 900-929 90 - 92.9%
B+ 870-899 87 - 89.9%
B 830-869 83 - 86.9%
B- 800-829 80 - 82.9%
C+ 770-799 77 - 79.9%
C 700-769 70 - 76.9%
D 600-699 60 - 69.9%
F 0-599 0 - 59.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Requirements

This course is offered online and it assumed you possess the minimum system requirements and computing skills to participate effectively. A list of technical requirements is listed on the World Campus’s Penn State Technical Requirements page.

Minimum Skills

  • You should have an understanding of basic computer usage (creating folders/directories, switching between programs, formatting and backing up media, accessing the Internet).
  • You must be able conduct word processing tasks such as creating, editing, saving, and retrieving documents.
  • You must be able to use a web browser to open web pages, download files, and search the Internet.
  • You must be able to use an e-mail program to send and receive messages and to attach and download documents/files.
  • You must be able to download and install programs or plug-ins from the Internet

Accessibility Information

  • Accessibility statement for Canvas

Netiquette

The term "Netiquette" refers to the etiquette guidelines for electronic communications, such as e-mail and bulletin board postings. Netiquette covers not only rules to maintain civility in discussions, but also special guidelines unique to the electronic nature of forum messages. Please review Virginia Shea's "The Core Rules of Netiquette" for general guidelines that should be followed when communicating in this course.

Support Services

As a World Campus student, you have access to a variety of services and resources, including advising, tutoring, library services, career services, and more.  Please visit the World Campus Student Services page for more information.

If you experience technology problems of any kind in Canvas, please select the Help icon and select "Report a Problem", "Students chat with Canvas Support", or "Canvas Support Hotline (Students)". 

It is in your own best interest to be as specific as you possibly can. Vague descriptions of a problem only delay assistance. Try to include information such as:

 the specific course page, quiz question, etc. you were on; what you attempted to do when that failed; the exact language of any error message displayed on your screen
; the date and time when your problem occurred; and
 any other pertinent information (does the problem happen consistently and always in the same way, etc.).

Online Students Use of the Library

As Penn State World Campus students, you have access to many of the materials that the library offers to students. The library website has a lot to offer, but can be overwhelming. A guide has been created to serve as your introduction to important library resources, services, and important pages within the library. The Online Student Library Guide is updated regularly by the online librarian and is intended to provide a level of comfort through introduction to help you feel comfortable navigating the library website to find valuable information for your coursework.

Penn State Policies

Log-In Policy

Students are expected to log-in regularly to keep up-to-date with announcements, discussions, etc. The class will progress at a regular pace throughout the semester and there are specific due dates and times for assignments, etc.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. Academic integrity is a basic guiding principle for all academic activity at The Pennsylvania State University, and all members of the University community are expected to act in accordance with this principle. Consistent with this expectation, students should act with personal integrity, respect other students' dignity, rights, and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts. Academic integrity includes a commitment not to engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception. Such acts of dishonesty violate the fundamental ethical principles of the University community and compromise the worth of work completed by others (see Faculty Senate Policy 49-20, G-9 Procedures and the Code of Conduct).

Read the Academic Integrity Guidelines for the College of Agricultural Sciences

A lack of knowledge or understanding of the University's Academic Integrity policy and the types of actions it prohibits and/or requires does not excuse one from complying with the policy. Penn State and the College of Agricultural Sciences take violations of academic integrity very seriously. Faculty, alumni, staff and fellow students expect each student to uphold the University's standards of academic integrity both inside and outside of the classroom.

Educational Equity Statement

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated and can be reported through Educational Equity at the Report Bias webpage.

Copyright Notice

All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. Students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor's express permission is strictly prohibited. University Policy AD 40, the University Policy Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University's Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Many students at Penn State face personal challenges or have psychological needs that may interfere with interfere with their academic progress, social development, or emotional wellbeing. The university offers a variety of confidential services to help you through difficult times, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultations, online chats, and mental health screenings. These services are provided by staff who welcome all students and embrace a philosophy respectful of clients’ cultural and religious backgrounds, and sensitive to differences in race, ability, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Penn State Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days/week)
Crisis Text Line (24 hours/7 days/week)
Mental Health Services

(814) 863-0395
(877) 229-6400
Text LIONS to 741741

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus. For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources Web site.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus's disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

Accommodations for Military Personnel

Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.

Use of Trade Names

Where trade names are used, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the World Campus, Outreach and Cooperative Extension, the College of Agricultural Sciences, or The Pennsylvania State University is implied.

Subject to Change Statement

Please note that this Course Syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible for abiding by such changes.