Top Graduate Certificate Programs in Development Studies
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Development studies provide knowledge linking to global development processes and their inter-relationship from a multidisciplinary, social science perspective. Central questions that are addressed include theories of development and underdevelopment, globalisation and the international economic system, foreign assistance, North-South relations and the poverty problem.
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The Graduate Certificate in Organization Design and Development is for professionals working in or consulting with, organizations in all sectors who wish to expand their
The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Organization Design and Development is to equip professionals with graduate-level applied, relevant, and theoretical expertise in designing organizations for the future.
Over the duration of the program, students can expect to explore Organization Development principles and practices, examine theoretical and practical perspectives of organization design, culture and change interventions, and acquire, and utilize, approaches and frameworks that make the necessary connections to organizational strategy. The program will focus on the application of learning in areas such as:
organization design, development, and strategy
organization change processes
systems and culture transformation
capacity building, measurement, and evaluation
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