Course descriptions

Sociology courses

Sociological Foundations

This introductory course is devoted to developing knowledge of the basic social concepts. We begin with the concept of sociological imagination — of how individual life biographies are indelibly linked to history. Students develop a sociological imagination of their own. Then, we delve into the power relations that have shaped modern society and that shape our everyday lives.

Special Topic: Agriculture and Food Systems

Food provides not only nutrients and calories. Food also forms a core part of human societies – meanings, values, norms and power relations of all societies. This course is devoted to the study of food and agriculture (from which food comes) and the changes in both systems, in the US and around the world. What is today’s global food system and what alternatives have emerged in response to it? What does the study of agriculture and food help us understand about the world we live in? How does the study of agriculture and food provide a lens to learn about the relationship between humans and nature?

International Development courses

Second-year course in International Development

This introductory course in International Development focuses on the power of the West in shaping the field of International Development – as a set of discourses, institutions, policies, and trade relations – in the post-World War II period. In particular, we explore how development has been understood and measured over time – and by whom.

Graduate-level course in International Development

This introductory, required course is designed for professional Masters students. This course aims to build historical perspectives of the field of International Development: How and why were the key institutions of development created? How have the meanings and measurements of development changed? How do these changes reflect power relations on an international scale at given historical moments?

Graduate-level course in Micropolitics of Development

The introductory, required course is designed to complement the course in International Development. Rather than the macro level analysis, this course offers a micro-level analysis of social inequalities and divisions and how they intersect with development programming and projects. In this course we delve into a social and environmental impact assessment of the Narmada River projects in India.

Identity, Race, Gender and Culture course

Special topics course in Identity, Race, Gender and Culture (cross-listed with Global Inequality and Development)

This course, ‘The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power in International Development’, is the second part to (part B of) my introductory course in International Development. This upper-level course is on the politics of decolonization – on the perspectives of colonial subjects on meanings of development and development trajectories in the post-independence, post-WWII period.

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