Through an interdisciplinary lens, the International Development Studies (IDS) major offers students the opportunity to study, analyze, and critically assess the social, political and economic forces that, throughout history, have shaped inequality in the modern world. The central objective of the program is to engage students with debates around the widening patterns of disparities of wealth, power, privilege, and access to social justice that occur both within and between the countries of the Global North and Global South. The IDS curriculum introduces students to key theoretical debates around development, detailed case studies of successful and failed interventions, and provides methodological training. Core and elective courses illuminate the extent to which realities that affect people often arise owing to economic class, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, migrant status and other identities, and investigate the impact of policy solutions and forms of citizen engagement on communities and the environment. IDS students are trained to both think critically about these issues and explore ways to engage with development work at home and abroad, through experiential learning, internships, immersive study abroad programs, independent faculty-guided research, and collaborative group projects.
International Development Studies Major
Common topics of concern to students in the International Development Studies major include:
Michael F. Lofchie, Chair, International Development Studies
Victor Agadjanian, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Andrew Apter, Ph.D., Anthropology, History, International Institute
Judith A. Carney, Ph.D., Geography, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Jennifer J. Chun, Ph.D., Asian American Studies, International Institute
Kevan Harris, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Patrick C. Heuveline, Ph.D., International Institute, Sociology
Edmond Keller, Ph.D., Political Science, emeritus
Nancy E. Levine, Ph.D., Anthropology
Michael F. Lofchie, Ph.D., Political Science
Shaina Potts, Ph.D., Geography, International Institute
Ananya Roy, Ph.D., Social Welfare, Urban Planning
Eric S. Sheppard, Ph.D., Geography
Christopher L. Erickson, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost, International Institute, ex officio
2017-2018 IDS Academic Senate Review Report
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The Academic Programs offered through the UCLA International Institute allow students to focus on a particular area of study - either a specific geographic area, or a global comparative and issue-oriented approach - through a variety of disciplines across campus. The Institute also offers its own courses taught by core teaching faculty under the following subject areas: African Studies, Global Health, Global Studies, International & Area Studies, International Development Studies, International Migration Studies, and Latin American Studies.
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