Credits Lecture:0 Practice:2 Experiment:0 / code:70017
- Outline of lecture
- This course aims at introducing practical approaches to development projects. The important and crucial ability for effective project management is the ability to think, analyze, discuss, and develop solutions to problems as professionals may encounter in the field. The case method, using stories based on actual events, is introduced. In order to enhance interest in development arena and to promote exposure to different areas of development, case materials in this course cover various fields of development projects.
- Purpose of lecture
- The meaning of development in the context of international development had evolved during the past 30 years. A variety of international organizations as well as bilateral aid organizations all over the world participated in different areas of development. At the same time, the measurement and/or indicators of development faced significant changes. By all means, the management of international development projects is not a simple task. There is no best manual to follow. Recent development projects require more integration of different fields, such as education, health, industry, economy, engineering, law and others. Given this background, it is increasingly important that professionals must understand and be able to design practical approaches to overcome various kinds of problems. These approaches often require the participants to create effective working relationships with practitioners in other field, governments, and organizations. This process involves a series of analysis and compromise.
This course aims at introducing practical approaches to development projects. Traditional teaching in the classroom based on lectures and exams, often do not address the need for practical, problem-solving skills. The important and crucial ability for effective project management is the ability to think, analyze, discuss, and develop solutions to problems as professionals may encounter in the field. The case method is an effective approach to strengthening these skills.
A case method uses a story, based on actual events. A teaching case is a story about the real world and it is discussion-based and experiential. The students are expected to use cases: 1) to become competence and confidence in critical, analytical thinking; and 2) to develop the skills of argument and persuasion. The students are responsible to prepare, to contribute, and to express own opinions and ideas. This means, the students’participation in classroom makes a difference. In order to enhance interest in development arena and to promote exposure to different areas of development, case materials in this course cover various fields of development projects.
- Plan of lecture
1. Students are expected read the assigned materials and answer the questions provided prior to the class. Class discussion will be based on the knowledge of the reading materials as well as your interest and experiences in development field.
2. Students are expected to read the case thoroughly in advance, to prepare to participate in discussion, as well as role playing for the given cases. Questions related to the case are provided in advance and students are expected to answer questions with own ideas and to share experiences, if any.
Writing analysis paper:
Students shall choose one or two cases to write analysis paper. For each case, main questions are listed. Students are expected to analyze the case according to the questions and prepare to present own ideas on how to come up with solving problems.
Students are expected to form small groups according to the cases of interest. Students shall present 1) the analysis of the case chosen by the group, 2) solutions to the problem of the case with reference to pros and cons; and 3) other options to solve the problems of the case.
- Textbook and reference
- Selected reading materials from a variety of development study readers as well as different UN publications. One case from different field will be assigned
every other week along with appropriate materials.