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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2005

LAS 381 • INTL PLANNING & PARTICIPATION

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38231 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
SUT 2.114
WILSON, P

Course Description

This course responds to the increasing interest among graduate students in working with non-governmental organizations in international community development. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Some spaces are reserved for students outside of CRP. Credit for Latin American Studies is granted if the student does a term project related to Latin America. Content . The course begins with conceptual frameworks for understanding organized civil society as arena and protagonist of change, the role of NGOs and community-based organizations in development and change, and the now widespread use of participatory approaches in development initiatives. Leading issues in both urban and rural development will be addressed, and case studies from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Pacific will be read and analyzed. The changing role of the professional in international development will be a theme running throughout the course, as the skills and attitudes for participatory work are learned. Pedagogic approach. Short lectures followed by guided discussions. Case study analysis will complement the conceptual and issue-oriented readings and discussions. Films from Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Assessment of student learning. Based on class participation, one student presentation/ facilitation of class discussion, and term project. Non-traditional term projects, such as films, web pages, or photographic exhibits are permitted, in addition to research papers. Learning Objectives. By the end of the course the student should be able to o Articulate his/her own framework for understanding participatory international development, the third sector, and the role of the professional o Demonstrate understanding of leading issues and cases in participatory development o Recognize and appreciate the role of cultural, religious, economic, and educational differences in shaping one's perspectives o Use competently and comfortably a basic set of methods for participatory development o Design a participatory research project

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