Master in Development Studies

Overview



The Master in Development Studies (MDS) program is designed keeping in mind the needs of the public sectors and NGOs in managing and implementing development projects efficiently. It is a multi-disciplinary program aimed at producing graduates, who understand development theories and practices and are able to analyze problems of underdevelopment, conceptualize development problems, design need-oriented development projects, negotiate development funds with donors, and manage development projects with confidence. Students come from a variety of backgrounds including business, economics, engineering, humanities and social sciences.

The MDS program includes courses on theoretical approaches to development, key development issues at national and international levels and applied courses on development management with policy-oriented focus, as well as internship for field experience.



Curriculum

Master in Development Studies: 39 Credits

(Minimum CGPA requirement 3.0) | (Minimum requirement – 33 credits)

Waiver: Maximum 2 from Foundation | Transfer: Maximum one from core/foundation

Foundation Courses: 6-12 Credits (As required)

Foundation Courses CODE

Course description

Credit hours

DEV 501

Economic Analysis for Development Practitioners

3

DEV 502

Basic Sociology and Social Anthropology

3

DEV 503

Economic Analysis for Development Practitioners

3

DEV 504

Research Methodology in Social Science

3

Core courses: 18 Credits

CORE Courses CODE

Course description

Credit hours

DEV 563

Economic Development

3

DEV 564

Dynamics of Rural Development

3

DEV 565

Issues in Sustainable Development

3

DEV 566

Studies of Development Organization

3

DEV 567

Program and Project Analysis

3

DEV573

Issues in Urban Development

3

Elective Courses: 6 credits

ELECTIVE Courses CODE

Course description

Credit hours

DEV 569

Development Organization Management

3

DEV 570

Advanced Methods in Development Research

3

DEV 571

Gender and Development

3

DEV 572

Microcredit and Small Enterprise Development

3

DEV 574

Healthcare and Education Management

3

DEV 575

Environmental Management

3

DEV 576

Poverty and Hunger

3

DEV 577

Corruption and Governance

3

DEV 592

Special Topics in Development Studies

3

Note: At most one open elective may be taken from MBA Program.

Research Paper/Internship: 3 Credits

rESEARCH/INTERNSHIP CODE

Course description

Credit hours

DEV 595

Research paper OR

3

DEV 596

Internship

3

Course Description

Foundation Courses:
DEV501

Economic Analysis for Development Practitioners: This is an introductory course in Economics. The primary objective of this course is to introduce basic economic concepts, theories and applications to students with little or no background in Economics. Topics include fundamental principles of both micro and macroeconomics with a focus on the most relevant concepts suitable for practitioners of development. For instance, the students will learn how to successfully apply standard microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis not only to understand economic development but also to incorporate these concepts in understanding social and environmental issues faced by development practitioners. The topics included will explain the behavior of economic agents, consumers and producers, through demand, supply, market mechanism, price control, market structures. Emphasis will be on understanding externalities, and property rights that is crucial for the students of Development Studies. The course will also teach the concepts of national income, unemployment, savings and investment, aggregate demand and supply, monetary system, inflation, and fiscal and monetary policies.

DEV502

Basic Sociology and Social Anthropology: This course is designed to provide a general overview of the concepts of anthropology and sociology so that they can relate and understand developmental issues from multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. The aims and scope of anthropology and sociology, its object of study, and some of its basic concepts such as, marriage and family, society, culture, gender, social inequality, mechanism and the factors contributing to culture change and social structure are discussed. Attempt will be made to relate these to development issues citing examples from various societies.

DEV503

Economic Analysis for Development Practitioners: The objective of this course is to equip students with necessary knowledge and skills required to undertake development and other social sciences research. It introduces importance of quantitative and qualitative data in social science research. Use of simple ratios, proportions and growth rate of variables, collection of data and tabular and graphical presentation of data as well as data analysis through the use of descriptive statistics are discussed. Correlation and regression analysis are also part of the syllabus. Explicit attention is given towards collecting and dealing with quantitative data (sampling, questionnaire design, administration and analysis) and report writing. The techniques used in qualitative research (such as interview, focus group survey, life history, observation and document search) are also discussed in the course.

DEV504

Research Methodology in Social Science: The objective is to equip students with necessary knowledge and skill required to undertake development and other social science research. It covers the following aspects: principles and methods of research; collection, measurement, and presentation of data; report writing and presentation of findings. It includes learning of the basic and most commonly used statistical and other tools used in social science research. It will also include study and use of action research, Rapid Rural Appraisal, participatory rural appraisal, etc.

Core courses:
DEV563

Economic Development: This course provides a basic grounding in both the theory and practice of development. The key theories that have evolved are discussed with a particular emphasis on the relevance and applicability of these theories within specific real life contexts. As a broad based course, it is by nature interdisciplinary drawing from not only Economics but other relevant disciplines. By the end of this course, students should have gained a critical understanding of the emergence of development as a discourse, the salient theories that have come to define development and the implications for policy and practice.

DEV564

Dynamics of Rural and Urban Development: Rural development and agricultural transformation constitute an overarching issue all around the globe. Alongside urbanization has become a “compelling new reality” and has added a new dimension in the development scenario of the developing countries. Considering the changing scenario this course is aims to provide a general overview on rural, agricultural and urban development and its underlying dynamics. The course also focuses on the political economy of rural development, interrelationship between social groups and social institutions.

DEV565

Issues in Sustainable Development: The concept of sustainable development is development that is able to meet the present needs without compromising the needs of the future generations. The idea of sustainability mainly grew out of – over-population, environmental degradation, and resource depletion. This course will try to address the problems of sustainability by understanding the complex interaction among economic development, environmental sustainability, and social inclusions as well as the importance of good governance. Along with some key ideas and tools of sustainable development this course will also look into poverty, income distribution, population, environmental issues, international cooperation (Rio Conference, COP21, COP22, SDGs) to further understand sustainable development in a holistic manner. This course will offer synergies among efficiency, equity, and sustainability rather than trade-offs.

DEV566

Studies of Development Organizations: It focuses on philosophical aspects of governance and development - participatory development and local governance. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of the 3 distinct forms of development organization: market, hierarchy (bureaucracy), and community (PVDO), examines the dynamics of the political economy of development - causes & effects of government intervention in development process, how state can sustain as well as replace markets and how non-government organizations (NGOs) / private voluntary development organizations (PVDOs) relate to state, i.e., when government uses NGOs / PVDOs to deliver public services. This course will also use case studies of leading PVDOs.

DEV567

Program and Project Analysis: This course deals with project choice, institutional framework and cost-benefit analysis. It also covers measuring the profitability of a project under different goals - framework of project proposal - logical framework analysis - project monitoring with special reference to project proposal system used in Bangladesh. It also deals with approaches and tools for evaluation.

DEV573

Issues in Urban Development: Looking at cities – what makes a city ‘urban’ – paths to understanding cities; Urbanization – global context – world cities and development – globalization – core-periphery- cities in transition – urbanization of the countryside; City and power – urban structure – social, political and economic power and urban order; Sense of space – women, youth and children – meaning of community and neighborhood; Question of identities – housing, poor and urban economy and contribution of poor to urban economy ; Governance – managing urbanization with equity.

Elective Courses:
DEV569

Development Organization Management: Private Voluntary Development Organizations (PVDOs) have become major players in development and social change in developing countries.. This course deals with issues of effective management of the PVDOs. It includes management system of PVDOs and explores issues in organizational design, accountability, governance and public participations. It aims at developing administrative skills for planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating and controlling skills for management of PVDOs. It also includes construction and interpretation of basic financial statements of cash flow, internal external reporting, identification of development projects, funding and revenue generating activities.

DEV570

Advanced Methods in Development Research: The main objective of this course is to lay the philosophical and methodological foundations of development research, both qualitative and quantitative. The course focuses on the bivariate and the multivariate analysis such as multiple regressions, analysis of variance and experimental designs, canonical correlation, multiple classification analysis and path analysis etc. in the context of development research. Furthermore, stochastic statistical method such as Markov Chain Analysis and Cohort Analysis will be covered. For qualitative methods, the course begins with a critical appraisal of participatory method and focus group discussions, and focuses on thick narratives, case study method, content analysis etc. Other recent methodologies used in development research will also be covered.

DEV571

Gender and Development: This course focuses on the concept of gender and definition, gendered roles and responsibilities, gender in macroeconomic framework, gender: culture and socialization, gender profiling, gender and development objectives, gender & development as crosscutting issues, exam results and gender & development as crosscutting issues, gender & development in a mainstream framework, gender, development, and the national budget of Bangladesh, gender, development and sectoral issues, sex design data etc.

DEV572

Microcredit and Small Enterprise Development: The basic objective of this course is to introduce students to the achievements and challenges of microfinance as a development tool. Major features of this course would include providing idea about successful microfinance practitioners and institutions around the world, understanding how microfinance is different from traditional banking and the key features of microfinance that made these institutions successful, discussing challenges like low level of participation of hard-core poor etc. While focusing on these issues, empirical evidence from current literature would be provided along with theoretical discussion. Throughout the course, primary focus will be on the experience of the ever-expanding microfinance sector in Bangladesh but comparative experience from other countries will be brought in when relevant.

DEV574

Healthcare and Education Management: What is health economics, brief overview of micro foundations of health economics, economic efficiency and cost benefit analysis, the production, cost and technology of health, demand for health capital, the demand for and the supply of health insurance, asymmetric information and agency, role of government, comparative health care system in USA, UK, Canada and Bangladesh, pharmaceutical industries: structure and regulation, production of health and substitutability, drug pricing and profits etc will be included in the healthcare management component of the course. As far as education management, the following topics will be covered: demand for education, supply of education, finance and management of education: education policy of Bangladesh, managing primary, secondary, and higher education, policy shift from public management to private management, education policy, new phenomenon of private universities, growing challenges of skill deficit, challenges and prospects of management of public and private university education in Bangladesh.

DEV575

Environmental Management: This course presents the basic concepts and principles of environmental concerns, strategies and tools for effective environmental management for managers of business and development organizations. Topics include: problems of development and production, the need for sustainable development, actions for environmental protection, environmental management tools-environmental assessment, economic assessment of environmental consequences, environmental impact statements, environmental audits, waste minimization programs, life cycle assessments and environmental certification under ISO14001, environmental laws and case studies.

DEV576

Poverty and Hunger: Topics include poverty and entitlements, concepts of poverty, identification and aggregation of poverty, starvation and famines, the entitlement approach, the great Bengal famine, the Ethiopian famines, drought and famine in the Sahel, famine in Bangladesh, entitlements and deprivation etc.

DEV577

Corruption and Governance: This course focuses on the Socio-economic, political, legal, and cultural aspect of corruption, its causes, consequences, and dimensions on legislature, judiciary, and executive. Topics include definition of corruption, public, private, vs. corporate corruption, bureaucracy, different types of corruption like bribery, collusive vs. non-collusive corruption, etc. will be covered thoroughly. Corruption and the macro economy, smuggling and other non-marketed activities, corruption and the role of military and democracy in the economy, corruption and the black market foreign exchange rate etc., public vs. private sector wage differential and curbing corruption, role of media in curbing corruption. The course will also focus on empirical literature on corruption, its causes and consequences. Particular attention will be given on Bangladesh’s economy

DEV592

Special Topics in Development Studies: This is a general topic course to meet the special demand for students which may change from semester to semester depending on the need of students and the availability of expert.

Research Paper/Internship/Fieldwork:
DEV595

Research Paper: Students with CGPA 3.5 or above will be allowed to complete a Research Paper under the supervision of a faculty with the prior approval of the Chairman of the Department of Economics. For Research Paper supervisor will propose a grade to the Chairman, Dept. of Economics.

DEV596

Internship: Alternatively, the students may complete 10 weeks of practical work in any development organization/ think tank/ research organization/international organization and 3 weeks for writing and submission of a project report to opt for Internship under the supervision of a faculty with the prior approval of the Chairman, Department of Economics.

DEV597

Field Work: Students can also complete extensive Field Work under the supervision of a faculty member with prior approval of the Chairperson. Field Work may be required for graduation 3 credits

Course Outline

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