Dartmouth's liberal arts curriculum supports many courses that are focused on human development as well as many specialized courses that develop skills and competencies in specific fields.

Sample Courses

The list below is illustrative and does not represent the courses that may be available in any given term or year.

INTS 15/GEOG 6: Introduction to International Development

Why are some countries rich and others so persistently poor? What can and should be done about this global inequity and by whom? We address these development questions from the perspective of critical human geography. Focusing on the regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia, we examine how development meanings and practices have varied over time and place, and how they have been influenced by the colonial history, contemporary globalization and international aid organizations.

ECON 24: Economics in Developing Countries

This course uses economic analysis to understand contemporary issues in low-income countries. We consider why extreme poverty and hunger, child mortality, low-levels of education, gender inequality, environmental degradation, high fertility, and child labor are pervasive in the developing world. We also examine the economic consequences of globalization and infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. For each topic, we seek to understand the factors and constraints influencing decision-making in developing countries. We use this understanding to discuss the role of markets, civil organizations, government policy, and international institutions. 

ECON 39: International Trade

This course deals with the causes and consequences of international trade and factor movements. Topics covered include theories of why nations trade, the consequences of trade for economic welfare and the distribution of income, the determinants of trade patterns, the tariff and other forms of commercial policy, trade policies of selected countries, and the formation of the multinational corporation.

ECON 44: Topics in Development Economics

This seminar considers microeconomic aspects of the causes and consequences of extreme poverty in the developing world. Recent research on topics such child labor, credit, education, environmental degradation, fertility, gender discrimination, health, HIV/AIDs, insurance, malnutrition, social capital, and technology adoption will be considered in depth.

ECON 77: Social Entrepreneurship

ANTH 28: Ethnography of Violence 

ANTH 36: Contemporary Africa 

ANTH 55: Anthropology of Global Health 

ANTH 65: Conservation and Development 

GEOG 2: Global Health and Society 

GEOG 4: Global Poverty & Care

GEOG 6: Introduction to International Development 

GEOG 16: Moral Economies of Development 

GEOG 17: Geopolitics and Third World Development 

GEOG 19: Indigeneity and Development 

GEOG 34: The Global Food and Energy Landscape 

GEOG 56: The Geographies of Health & Disease 

GOV 40.15: Commodities, Globalization & Development in Latin America 

GOV 42: Politics of Africa 

GOV 44: Globalization and Global Development 

GOV 58: International Political Economy 

GOV 84.01: Dilemmas of Development: India, China, and Middle East GOV 84.14: Foreign Aid 

GOVT 50.04: War and Peace in the Modern Age

SOC 22: Sociology of International Development 

SOC 25: Democracy and Democratization in Developing Countries 

SOC 26: Capitalism, Prosperity and Crisis 

SOC 68: Global Health Systems