Courses

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

Human Rights in Global Fashion

Course Description: This course is being co-taught by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Mary Watson. Linking consumers and workers in distant places, fashion has long been home to some of the most glaring inequalities and injustices on an increasingly globalized scale, linking consumers and workers in distant places. Since the 19th century, the clothing sector has also been a site of social contestation that has been marked by struggles for worker rights, the rise of social movements, the exercise of corporate power, and the fallibility of national governments. It has also been a source of innovation in public policy, corporate accountability, monitoring –processes that have led to new 21st century designs of the industry itself. This course provides an introductory overview of the key obstacles, actors, rules, and methods for crafting innovative solutions in social mobilization, legal intervention, and design with the aim of creating a more socially sustainable and economically inclusive fashion – a fashion that fulfills the human rights of workers in the supply chain. The course achieves this aim by analyzing (i) actors, power, and finance in the global value chain in the fashion industry; (ii) international and local standards and institutions – including workers’ human rights, corporate obligations and accountability; (iii) social movements and international networks mobilizing worker power; (iv) monitoring and labeling schemes mobilizing consumer power; (v) and finding design solutions and technological systems that fulfill worker rights amidst new conceptions of industry design. The course will include lectures by faculty from SPE/GPIA, Parsons Fashion, and NSSR as well as invited speakers.

Development Economics: Development Economics Syllabus Spring 2017

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 Poverty: Human Rights and Poverty Syllabus Fall 2016

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 Development: Food & Development Course Syllabus Spring 2017

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.