Development Studies is an interdisciplinary concentration whose main mission is to provide students with the knowledge, critical perspectives and skills they need to reflexively engage with the issues and problems of international development, especially as they relate to the Global South. Drawing on a range of disciplines, from anthropology to economics, from comparative literature to engineering, concentrators design their own programs, combining courses that offer local and historical knowledge with those that explore transnational dimensions of development. During the senior year, all concentrators complete a capstone experience tailored to their interests in some aspect of international development and for which they benefit from extensive faculty support.
The rigor and creativity of this academic experience is evidenced by the fact that many concentrators published parts of their senior capstone in peer-reviewed academic and policy journals, while others received competitive thesis awards or used their training to develop concrete initiatives in the practice of development. In sum, if you wish to pursue your interest in international development through a combination of maximum flexibility and maximum rigor make an appointment. We have done this for decades.
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2013 DS CAPSTONE Presentations
|Welcome; Health and Education in Development
Community-Based Integrated Management of Childhood Illness: Reducing under-five morbidity and mortality in Rwanda
Easing the Burden of Trauma: An In-Depth Look at Informal Community-Based Pre-Hospital Care System
Space for Creativity: A Cultural Critique on Conditions of Creativity within Vietnamese Schools
|Gender and Development
Midriffs, Beedis, and Cussing: Bollywood's Portrayal of Traditional Hinduism and the Prostitution Stigma
Media Representation of Women in Sport: Faster, Stronger, Sexier? The Covert Discrimination of Female Athletes by American Media
Media Framing of Homosexuality in South Africa and Uganda
|Populations in Movement
Farmhand and Farmer: Exploring the Legal Environment that Conditions this Precarious Relationship (Thesis); This is not a Unique Story (Video Documentary)
Burundian Resettled Refugees in Providence, RI: A Question of Identity
Democracy & Displacement: Contesting Land Acquisition in India's National Capital Region
|Development and Governance
Sharing, Stealing and Secrecy: Understanding the Changing Definition of Property and Global Governance through the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
Embracing Uncertainty in the Social Finance Field
Examining Women's Empowerment in the Context of International Aid
Transformation from the Hollows: The Resource-Intervention Chain and its Implications for Collective Action and Social Transformation
Pre-approved course list available
Approved electives for the fall '13 semester have been posted.
Research Grants and Scholarships
Development Studies Workshop: Research Grants and Fellowships
Do you want to conduct research for your Development Studies capstone project? Worried about how you’ll fund it? Come to this workshop!!
When: Friday, Nov. 30, 2012; 12-1pm
Where: McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute for International Studies