Urban Disasters and Displacement (3 credits)
You will engage in an overview of global urbanization trends and explore the challenges created by urban disasters, particularly in areas with a high number of displaced and unregistered populations. The course will analyze the current humanitarian response within these urban settings, while discussing existing best practices and potential opportunities to increase the resilience and sustainability of affected communities in both formal and informal urban settlements.
International Responses to Migration (3 credits)
This course provides you with an enhanced awareness and understanding of the complex interaction between migration and humanitarian interventions from the point of view of migrant communities, national authorities, and international humanitarian agencies. As the forced migration phenomena continues to accelerate, the motivations and determinants of action that shape local and global responses will be examined. You will be encouraged to critique the influence and motivations of mass and social media on the understanding of the economic, political, legal, and cultural factors of migration.
Independent Study (1 to 3 credits)
Under the direction of a faculty mentor, you will pursue an independent study project not directly related to an existing course.
Environmental History (3 credits)
This course examines the growing body of literature explaining the relationship between human society and the natural world. You will focus on the 19th and 20th centuries, but will not be limited to any one area geographically. The heart of this course will be an examination of how people have transformed natural landscapes and, in turn, how these constructed landscapes have affected human identities.
Migration, Microfinance, and Poverty (3 credits)
Migration, access to credit (microfinance) and remittances can create employment and education opportunities for poor families, particularly women. Interdisciplinary case studies from Mexico, Dominican Republic, the Bronx, Amsterdam, Nigeria, China, Bangladesh, and India show how race, class, and gender affect employment outcomes.
Foreign Aid and Development (3 credits)
This course examines both the economic and the political role of foreign aid in development. Economic topics may include economic growth, agricultural development, food aid, the environment, health, education, and emergencies. Political topics may include alliance building, conflict resolution, and governance.
Ethics and Economics (3 credits)
You will focus on an exploration of contemporary economic social issues with the aid of Catholic social teaching, and with a critical use of economic analysis. Issues to be examined include, but are not limited to, poverty, pollution control, protectionism, unemployment, and inflation.
Ecological Ethics (3 credits)
This course considers the rise of ecological consciousness, environmental history, and ethical reflection in light of western philosophical and theological traditions. It aims to provide you with substantial, foundational knowledge in 20th and 21st century environmental thoughts as well as emerging approaches to global environmental problems.
Issues in Urban Studies (3 credits)
You will be introduced to current debates in urban studies and modern urban theory. Themes covered include: immigration, race & ethnicity, urban culture & history, urban sociology, urban planning, and globalization.