This course will explore the intricacies of economic development on both micro and macro scale. Using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), students will learn about the barriers to economic development and strategies for promoting economic development. Using India as an experiential case study, students will explore in-depth social entrepreneurship, fair trade, the role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and microloans as ways to break the poverty cycle and work toward meeting the SDGs. A culminating project upon return from India will be to design a development project based on their experiences.
Students will take 1 mod of this course in the fall, followed by an immersive experience during term 4. The first mod will lay the academic foundation. Travel to India will occur during the first 2-3 weeks of term 4, and students will work on a culminating project upon return at the end of the term.
Students earn 3 credits in history and fulfill their service requirement. IB diploma candidates will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project. This immersion-term course is cross-listed as HIS990I. A travel-abroad course, it requires parental consent.
Min-Max Credit Hours: 3.0-3.0