DEVELOPMENT STUDIES PROGRAM
Second Semester, S.Y. 2006-2007
PERSPECTIVES IN DEVELOPMENT I
» This course exposes students to the various competing perspectives in the analysis of development and underdevelopment thus laying the ground for a critical and theoretically informed understanding of contemporary issues in Philippine development.
» This course covers methods of social analysis and the relevance of these methods to the interpretation of social data and the study of social situations. It will emphasize the practice of social research rather than the theory of methodology, and will entail considerable amount of work outside the classroom.
STATISTICS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES
» This course introduces students to statistics using applications from the social sciences. Instruction will be supplemented by the use of computer, statistical packages and actual statistical research projects.
» The course provides students with a practical overview of the cycle of the development process involved in the management of development programs and projects. Following the flow of the project cycle, the course provides exposure to the practical skills under the main themes of Project Conceptualization and design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. Emphasis will be on the utilization of computer based project management software and application of practical skills in student initiated projects.
Pre-requisite: DS 132 or any DS 135.xx subjects
» Students are expected to write an academic thesis or design/evaluate a development project. This subject serves as synthesis of the entire Development Studies course.
Pre-requisite: All required DS courses:
DS 101, 102, 112, 120, 122, 130, 132 & 140
» This course reviews basic marketing principles and examines how these can and must be used to support various development interventions. Case studies will be analyzed to illustrate the concrete application of social marketing theories.
» The course will focus primarily on the emerging paradigm and practice of providing financial services to marginalized clients. Students will be exposed to and tasked to understand and analyze the philosophy and methodology of well-established models (Grameen, Village Banking, etc.) as well as emerging models (i.e., Financial Services associations, Cooperative Members savings, operations, etc.). The course will provide an opportunity for an in-depth analysis of existing Philippine initiatives, key players and standards juxtaposed with international best practice. There will be a special focus on the issues and current debates on where microfinance “fits” as a development intervention and anti-poverty strategy.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESSES
» This course introduces students to the theory and practice of alternative dispute resolution methods, specifically negotiation, mediation, and facilitation of consensus building processes. It aims to help the students analyze and reflect on their own view and experiences in dispute/conflict resolution, develop a set of conceptual frameworks on ADR as well as gather baskets of proven techniques that will help them analyze present and future conflict situations and prepare effectively. The concepts and techniques that will be learned from this course can be applied to all types of disputes ranging from interpersonal conflicts, inter-family conflicts, organizational conflicts, inter-sectoral conflicts to international environmental and security problems. To achieve its purpose, the course will use various creative learning methods such as case analysis, exposure to best practices in ADR, discussion of articles on ADR, simulation techniques, and structured learning exercises.
MARXIAN POLITICAL ECONOMY
» The course provides an extensive discussion of Marxist Political Economy, going beyond the cursory discussions on Marx in Basic Development Theory and Philosophy. The emphasis is on the reading of the original text by Karl Marx with particular focus on the economy theory.