Development and Social Justice

Today over half of the world lives in extreme poverty, mostly in the developing world. Raising the quality of life for this portion of humanity is a primary goal of economic, political, and social development. However, there are many obstacles to development ranging from problems with imperialism and post-colonialism, to failed economic strategies and corruption. Imbalances in the relationship between developed and developing countries may hinder the development attempts of poor countries. Studying these issues leads to understanding global inequality and the causes of, and possible solutions to, the chronic, global problem of poverty.

“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:
ECON 333: Economic Development: Comparative Third World Strategies (4)
ENGL 216: Topics in Literature: Emphasis on Cross-Cultural Perspectives (4)
ENGL 233: Post-Colonial Literature (4)
HISP 301: Hispanic Voices for Social Change (when taken at PLU) (4)
HISP 322: Latin American Culture and Civilization (4)
HIST 335: History of the Caribbean (4)
HIST 340: Modern Japan (4)
RELI 247: Christian Theology (When topic is: Global Christian Theologies) (4)
RELI 357: Major Religious Thinkers, Texts and Genres (When topic is: Theologies of Liberation) (4)
SCAN 363: Culture, Gender, and the Wild (4)
SOCW 325: Social, Educational and Health Services in Tobago

Suggested Gateway courses:
Western China

Oaxacan Society
Mexican Anthropology

Caribbean Culture & Society

*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.