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Taking advanced courses is an excellent way to achieve an academically rigorous experience in a subject of interest. A course can provide a focused study on a topic along with some flexibility concerning attendance and completion. Courses can range between monthly and yearly duration.

What is a course in development studies? Generally, development studies courses instruct students how to address global inefficiencies, resource limitations, and poverty. Students choosing to focus on development studies may find themselves engaged in material covering multidiscipline issues of social science and related change. Topics for learning may include economic development, international relations, urban studies, or sustainability development. Consistent themes amongst development courses are usually policy or process efficacy and continued provision for societal needs.

Skills such as research, writing, and communication are vital qualifications those with training in development studies can bring to a business setting. Project management and leadership behaviors cultivated from the study of people and interrelated elements are important for both promotions for personal projects. Creative and progressive thinking patterns can showcase vision, opening doors for promotion.

There are many programs available through distance learning opportunities or local institutions for those looking to pursue a course in development studies. Program length and fees will vary by area of interest and institution, so check with the school of choice concerning a total program cost.

Those with a background in development studies can merge into a number of career fields. Given this subject's extensive global perspective, the potential for employment as a foreign correspondent, international aid worker, or immigration officer exists. Students could also pursue employment as foreign service officers, economic development officers, or educators. The interdisciplinary nature of a course in development studies can create crossover potential in many sectors of both private and public employment such as civil service or work with political or nonprofit think tanks.

Students can pursue their interests in development studies through a number of online and distance-learning programs or through local institutions more convenient to their needs. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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10 Results in Development Studies

FSD - Foundation for Sustainable Development

FSD Research Internships allow participants to engage with FSD community partners in researching local issues and developing potential solutions. With community-based par ... [+]

FSD Research Internships allow participants to engage with FSD community partners in researching local issues and developing potential solutions. With community-based participatory research, the research question is defined and findings are analyzed together with the community. The goal is knowledge creation which serves to inform community action. Research Internships have a strong emphasis on community-based participatory research in order to ensure the researchers work side by side with community members.

What is Community-Based Participatory Research?

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a framework or approach for conducting research that is characterized by the relationships between the communities and researchers. This type of research is collaborative and requires partnership development, cooperation, negotiation, flexibility, and commitment to addressing local issues. CBPR works to accomplish objectives and development through empowerment and ownership.... [-]

Bolivia Cochabamba Uganda Kampala Kenya Nairobi Argentina Buenos Aires India Udaipur Nicaragua Managua  + 8 More
September 2020
Full-time
9 - 52 weeks
Campus
FSD - Foundation for Sustainable Development

FSD Gap Year program is an intense, immersive program for pre-college students (17+) looking to gain international development training and experience. It’s an exciting w ... [+]

FSD Gap Year program is an intense, immersive program for pre-college students (17+) looking to gain international development training and experience. It’s an exciting way to explore and learn before starting college.

Our Gap Year program was specifically designed for high school graduates and allows you to gain hands-on experience prior to beginning your studies at a university level. The Gap Year program has a strong emphasis on community ownership and follows the principles of Asset-Based Community Development. Participants receive extensive training in sustainable development principles and gain professional skills in project planning and budgeting, program evaluation, community assessment, and proposal writing. Participants apply their new and existing skill sets as they collaborate with their local colleagues on identifying, designing, and implementing a project to benefit the community.... [-]

Bolivia Cochabamba Uganda Kampala Kenya Nairobi Argentina Buenos Aires India Udaipur Nicaragua Managua  + 8 More
September 2020
Full-time
9 - 56 weeks
Campus
FSD - Foundation for Sustainable Development

FSD International Development Internships are an opportunity for students and young professionals to gain hands-on experience in sustainable development and insight into ... [+]

FSD International Development Internships are an opportunity for students and young professionals to gain hands-on experience in sustainable development and insight into other cultures that can only be obtained through participating in the work on the ground. The internships are thoughtfully designed to help you build your career while having a lasting impact on the people in the community in which you serve. Our Development Internships have a strong emphasis on community ownership and follow the principles of Asset-Based Community Development. Interns receive extensive training in sustainable development principles and gain professional skills in project planning and budgeting, program evaluation, community assessment, and proposal writing. Interns apply their new and existing skill sets as they collaborate with their local colleagues on identifying, designing, and implementing a project to benefit the community.... [-]

Bolivia Cochabamba Uganda Kampala Kenya Nairobi Argentina Buenos Aires India Udaipur Nicaragua Managua  + 8 More
September 2020
Full-time
Campus
Kulturstudier

Study Development Studies an entire academic year combining Vietnam and Ghana! First you study development studies 1 in Vietnam. Then you backpack your way through Asia a ... [+]

Course in Academic year of Development studies

Study location: Vietnam and Ghana (Combinations) Study Development Studies an entire academic year combining Vietnam and Ghana! First you study development studies 1 in Vietnam. Then you backpack your way through Asia and Africa to Ghana where you are studying Development Studies 2. After completing the academic year you have the opportunity to continue on the second year of the bachelor’s degree program in Development Studies at the University of Oslo and Akershus.

Vietnam and Ghana

Combine these two programmes:

Development Studies 1 in Vietnam Core topics What is poverty? What is development? Development i Vietnam and Southeast Asia Globalisation: history and economy Politics, Governance and human rights Cultural-, gender- and religious issues Education Demograhy and migration Local and international initiatives for poverty reduction The program offers an interdisciplinary introduction and provides a comprehensive basis for casual, critical analysis and thoughtful evaluations. Following Development studies 1 you will have the opportunity to carry out minor fieldwork and gain valuable experience should you wish to focus on international relations. Development Studies 2 in Ghana Core topics Ghana and Afrika Politics, governance and social movements Environment and social development Development studies and fieldwork (method) ... [-]
Ghana Cape Coast Vietnam Hội An
January 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
The American College in Spain

The GED (General Educational Development) is a High School proficiency test that evaluates 5 areas of the student’s knowledge: Social Studies, Science, Writing & Read ... [+]

GED Program - General Educational Development

The GED (General Educational Development) is a High School Proficiency test that evaluates 5 areas of the student’s knowledge: Social Studies, Science, Writing & Reading, Grammar, and Mathematics. It consists of a series of 5 tests that once passed demonstrates that the student meets the necessary requirements of a high school education in the United States of America. Once completed, the student will receive a GED diploma.

The GED is an interesting and highly recommended option for those students who have not completed their secondary-level studies and want access to a U.S. university in order to obtain a university degree.... [-]

Spain Marbella USA Davie
September 2020
Full-time
16 weeks
Campus
Center for Creative Leadership

This program is custom-designed for delivery to organizations. The Center also offers an open-enrollment version of Coaching for Development. ... [+]

This program is custom-designed for delivery to organizations. The Center also offers an a open-enrollment version of Coaching for Development.

Coaching for Development is a classroom-based, custom-designed program for delivery to organizations, and can be offered to all levels from first-line managers to senior executives. The program effectively builds coaching skills for the organization's leaders, enhances initiatives aimed at managing change, and fosters a climate of organizational learning. The program can teach coaching skills to a general audience, or can be targeted to the organization's internal coaches in the human resources and organization development areas. An important goal of this program is for the organization to become more self-sustaining in developing its leaders internally.... [-]

USA Greensboro Switzerland Davos Colorado Springs Belgium Brussels Saint Petersburg College Park Australia Mount Eliza San Diego  + 8 More
September 2020
Part-time
3 days
Campus
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

At USQ, we understand the importance of keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date, especially if you are looking to upskill or re-skill. That’s why we offer a ra ... [+]

At USQ, we understand the importance of keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date, especially if you are looking to upskill or re-skill. That’s why we offer a range of professional development ‘single courses’ that provide you with access to our educational resources, lecturers, and facilities, without the commitment of a full degree.

Throughout the year, there are over 700 courses to choose from. Check out our courses in: Business & Commerce Creative Arts & Media Education Engineering & Built Environment Health & Community Humanities & Communication Information Technology Law & Justice Sciences - Computational Sciences - Lab-Based. Each course is a ‘bite-sized’ experience, with most courses taking just 1 Semester (6 months). Our single courses are perfect if you are looking to upskill in a particular area, need to satisfy professional development requirements, want to refresh your current skills, would like to explore a passion or are looking for a taste of uni life. It is your opportunity to continue into a USQ degree provided you meet the program’s entry requirements. How much will it cost? ... [-]
Australia Australia Online
February 2020
Full-time
Part-time
6 semesters
Online
IES Abroad

You have the opportunity to take specially designed courses with other IES Abroad students in a variety of disciplines. These English-taught courses were created with a c ... [+]

Why South Africa?

Southern Africa is a rich, vibrant region and has become one of the world’s fastest growing economic zones despite facing challenges of poverty, disease, and economic imbalance. Its burgeoning economy, youthful population, ecological and ethnic diversity, and evolving politics make the continent an increasingly important player in the world of the 21st century. Cape Town’s idyllic setting on the South African coast makes it the perfect base from which to study this fascinating region, and our Health, Culture & Development Program is designed to offer insight into the complexity and breadth of the contemporary issues facing the southern part of this continent.

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South Africa Cape Town
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Full-time
Part-time
1 semester
Campus
IES Abroad

Enjoy all that Côte d'Azur has to offer while studying topics that are relevant to the Mediterranean coast, such as Sustainability and Immigration, improving your languag ... [+]

Overview

Set upon the edge of the Mediterranean Sea on the glamorous French Riviera, Nice beckons with its mild climate and clear skies. Whether you’re strolling the narrow streets of Old Town or looking down from Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) at the sweeping panorama of this breathtaking city, Nice will enchant you. Enjoy all that Côte d'Azur has to offer while studying topics that are relevant to the Mediterranean coast, such as Sustainability and Immigration, improving your language skills (no experience required), and learning about business with other international students.

You will take your language and area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center and have the option of taking 6 credits of business at SKEMA, which is located in Sophia Antipolis and was named one of the best European business schools by the Financial Times.... [-]

France Nice
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Full-time
1 - 2 semesters
Campus
IHS, Institute For Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam

This Urban Management and Development Theories course offers the latest theory on urban development and management. It guides participants through economic, social and en ... [+]

Urban Management and Development Theories

Urban Management and Development Theories (UMDT) is designed for individuals who are contributing or would like to contribute to the holistic and equitable sustainable development of cities. It guides participants through economic, social and environmental urban theories and links these to the latest management theories, including theories on policies, plans, finances and governance structures. It offers the knowledge to analyse urban development and to manage the cities of the future.

What will I learn?

The course provides a set of carefully selected urban management and development theories that you will see reflected through practice in major cities during academic excursions in the Netherlands. You will witness how gentrification, urban heritage, green cities, and other important theories can be applied to help manage cities.... [-]

Netherlands Rotterdam
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Part-time
3 months
Campus