Development and Social Justice

Standards of living have increased dramatically worldwide over the past 100 years, yet poverty and inequality remain features of our world. Continued improvement in human well-being for all involves economic growth, reducing poverty, and addressing inequities and issues of social justice, for example in wealth, political freedom, education, and health care. Given the complexity of development processes and of the diverse array of responses to poverty and  social justice concerns, the concentration incorporates the approaches of multiple disciplines such as anthropology, economics, literature, history, and religion.

“Freedoms are not only the primary ends of development, they are also among its principal means.” -Amartya Sen “Development as Freedom”

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Approved Courses

Required of all students in this concentration:

  • GLST 357: Global Development (4)

Other course options:

  • ANTH 340: The Anthropology of Africa (4)
  • ECON 333: Economic Development: Comparative Third World Strategies (4)
  • ENGL 216: Topics in Literature: Emphasis on Cross-Cultural Perspectives (4)
    (When approved by GLST chair)
  • ENGL 233: Post-Colonial Literature (4)
  • HISP 301: Hispanic Voices for Social Change (4)
    (When approved by the GLST chair)
  • HISP 322: Latin American Culture and Civilization (4)
  • HIST 335: History of the Caribbean (4)
  • HIST 340: Modern Japan (4)
    (When approved by GLST chair)
  • RELI 247: Christian Theology (4)
    (When topic is: “Global Christian Theologies”)
  • RELI 357: Major Religious Thinkers, Texts, and Genres (4)
    (When topic is: “Theologies of Liberation”)
  • SOCW 325: Social, Educational and Health Services in Tobago

*Students may petition the Chair of Global Studies for the inclusion of courses that meet issue concentration requirements but that are not taught regularly enough to be listed here.