Courses

Professor Fukuda-Parr teaches the following courses at the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs:

Development Economics: Development Economics_Syllabus_2015

Course Description: This course is an introduction to Development Economics and is concerned with how economists have sought to explain how the process of economic growth occurs, and how – or whether – that delivers improved well-being of people. The course includes theories of growth and their critiques from feminist, capabilities and heterodox economic traditions. We explore the relationship between economic growth, poverty, inequality, sustainability and human development. Throughout the semester, we ask: Is equitable growth possible – where economic growth is robust and sustained, while expanding human choices and freedoms for all and not just a few, and where the most deprived are empowered? In seeking to answer this question, we examine the theoretical concepts, policy strategies, and empirical evidence from experience. The learning objectives of the course are for students to become familiar with the basic theories and concepts on economic growth and its consequences for distribution, poverty and human development.

Case Studies in Human Rights and PovertyCase Studies in Human Rights and Poverty_Syllabus 2014

Course description: Human rights and development evolved separately as fields of scholarship and practice.  An important development since the 2000s has been the convergence of these two fields. The human rights community began to focus on poverty as a major human rights challenge of the twenty first century, while the development community began to consider realizing human rights as a policy priority.  The course explores current debates on theory and practice of human rights related to development: critique and defense of the human rights based development approach; use of human rights standards and norms to analysis of economic and social policies; the role of local social movements and international advocacy networks to advance human rights; the effectiveness of litigation and perverse consequences; controversies about universality and cultural relativism; social and economic rights as human rights.

Food, Global Trade, and DevelopmentFood and Development Syllabus_2014

Course Description: While agricultural development is essential to food security, reducing poverty, and to the transformation of developing countries, the role of global trade is the object of intense controversies. Are global markets and speculation to blame for the recent spikes in food prices? Is trade an instrument of neoliberal globalization that erases local food traditions and productions to the advantage of transnational corporations, or can it be used to enhance the welfare of struggling communities all over the world? From a cultural and ethical perspective, is the global intrinsically bad and is the local intrinsically good? This course will explore the contemporary debates and policy choices on these issues, from the negotiations within the World Trade Organization, to food safety regulations, to the impact of GMOs on food security.