Economic Development

Sample courses for an Economic Development focus

Please note:
These are an example of the courses that would fulfill this complimentary policy requirement.
We cannot guarantee when or if these courses will be offered.


*331. Economics of Poverty and Discrimination. (3)
Explores trends in income distribution especially across and within groups and examines theories explaining behavior and outcomes. Public policy concerning poverty and discrimination is studied and discussed. 

581. International Development and Finance. (3)
Role of foreign direct investment, foreign aid, remittances, and other financial flows for economic development and growth. Causes and consequences of currency and financial crises in developing countries. Balance of payments problems, international debt, and structural adjustment programs.

582. Topics in International and Sustainable Development. (3) 
Topics in international/sustainable development. Emphasis on empirical modeling and analysis, using data for developing countries, including large-scale surveys. Exposure to econometric methods, simulations, GIS applications, and macro/micro-development modeling tools. 

583. Development Economics. (3)
Economic growth and development, poverty and inequality, population growth. Credit markets and microfinance, risk and insurance. Role of government in development. Urbanization and rural-urban migration.

585. Sustainable Development. (3)
Overview of sustainable development concepts, models, and policy issues, with an emphasis on sustainable uses of all types of capital - physical, human, social, and environmental - in an international context.

Political Science

511. Research Seminar in American Government and Politics. (3)
Course emphasizes investigation, evaluation, and discussion of areas of specialized knowledge or inquiry relevant to the profession or field of study.

512. Topics in Government and Politics. (3)
A course exploring a topic not covered by the standard curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester. No limits on repetitions if topics vary.
Sem: Population Policy


595. Special Topics in Sociology. (3)
A course exploring a topic not covered by the standard curriculum but of interest to faculty and students in a particular semester.

Community and Regional Planning

535. Community Economics for Planners. (3)
Explores the intersections of economics and contemporary economic development issues and policies. How do economic decisions and policies impact the shaping of space and development of communities? Covers strategies to strengthen local economies.
569.Rural Community Development. (3)
Principles and practice of rural area development. Emphasis on rural issues of the Southwest. Includes field studies and analysis of theory.

578. Development and Latin America. (3)
This course covers key theories and histories about development in Latin American contexts. The dynamics of development include the political, economic, social, spatial and epistemological dimensions of social change, operating at multiple scales.

587. Political Economy of Urban Development in a Global World. (3)
Analyzes the political and economic factors shaping urban development with particular emphasis on the impacts of economic restructuring. As planners, we study how these changes affect the process of planning and policy formation.


566. The City. (3)
This class examines the vectors of difference - cultural, economic, political, legal and environmental - that animate urban form and life. Class involves fieldwork.