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V582 (Part I): International Development and Project Design (May 8 – June 8, 2012)
This section of the course will focus on both theoretical concepts (e.g. history of the development industry, approaches to development, and principal debates in the field) and practical skills (e.g. project design). The course is meant to be highly interactive and experiential. Besides classroom lecture and activities, we will also engage in service learning opportunities seeking always to place theoretical concepts in real-world settings. Students will receive a course packet complete with readings and assignments (they will also be asked to purchase a few paperback books). We will draw on the expertise and experience of IU faculty, students with international experience, Kenyan guest lecturers, and partner organization mentors. Please, see attached pdf for an abbreviated schedule for Part I of V582.
V582 in conjunction with V585 or E589 (Part II): International Development and Project Implementation and Experiential Internship Requirement (June 11 – August 10, 2012)
In this section of the course, IU students and their mentors will continue to work together revising and then implementing their project plan on-site at the host organization where students will be interning. At least two students will be assigned to each host organization where they will work both individually and in pairs to complete additional course requirements (see final assessment below). Students will live with host families or in guesthouses closely affiliated with the partner organization to allow for greater cultural immersion and increased cross-cultural understanding for both the student and the partner organization. Mid-way into the course, students will be required to return to Mumias Sugar Company for a 2-day mid-internship retreat where we will provide a supportive environment for students to reflect upon and evaluate their first 3 weeks on site. Partner organizations will benefit from the work of skilled, prepared, and supported interns who will complete a planned project to advance the host organizations’ work in the communities where they are located. This course will also allow IU students to meet the SPEA experiential/internship requirement. In order to fulfill the requirements for V585 or E589, students must complete at least 120 hours of internship work for 0-1 credits, and 80 hours more for each additional credit they may choose to register for. This means that students will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours a week to receive 0-1 internship credits, 34 hours a week for 2 credits, and 47 hours a week for 3 credits. These hours may not include hours spent completing coursework for V582. Please, see attached pdf for an abbreviated schedule for Part I of V582.