The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the different approaches to the study of war and terror: economic, historical, analytical, formal theoretical, and statistical. Most of all, the course is designed to get students to think critically about traditional explanations and approaches. The focus of the course will be on civil war and the use of violence and terror in civil wars. 'Conventional' terrorism is covered as well, albeit less so.
This is the course syllabus for Economic Development (IAFF 238), taught by Nora Lustig, Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University and CGD Board member. The course analyzes the economic challenges faced by low and middle-income countries in their quest for development.
This course surveys the literature on the key determinants of economic development. We start by considering some of the factors that drive economic growth, poverty and inequality. The course then moves on to other key topics in international development including international trade, globalization, and governance. After considering some country case studies, we conclude with a discussion on the scope and limitations of foreign aid and the institutions that implement aid policies.