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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

Spiritual Core: 6 credits
Financial/Management Core: 18 credits
Program Core: 9 credits
Concentration (International or Urban): 9 credits
Development Field Practicum: 2 credits
Total Credits: 44

Course Number Course Title Number of Credits
ACCT 522 Managerial Accounting for Developing Enterprises 3
BUSA 500 Global Financial Management 3
BUSA 545 Social Entrepreneurship 3
BUSA 550 Managing for Optimal Performance 3
ECON 513 OR ECON 514 Economic Development for Developing Countries OR Urban Economics 3
ECON 613 OR CDEV 575 The World Economy and Trade OR Urban Planning 3
EDEV 520 Cross Cultural Skills and Understanding 3
EDEV 590 Program Planning, Management and Marketing 3
EDEV 640 Community Development 3
EDEV 695 OR INST 567 Introduction to Microfinance OR Urban Sociology 3
EDEV 696 Market Development for Microenterprises 3
INST 662 Theology of Poverty 3
LDEV 610 OR INST 517 Advocacy and Human Rights OR Urban Politics 3
LEAD 576 Applied Research and Evaluation 3
EDEV 641 Development Field Practicum 2
Total 44

 

Introduction to Theories of Social Change
A one-day introduction and overview by Professor Tony Campolo on the biblical understanding of social change in the context of scriptural definitions of the kingdom of God.

Spiritual Core

LEAD 540: Leadership and Empowerment
This course provides a biblical overview of leadership models illustrated in Scripture with the focus of demonstrating how servant leadership is the preferred model. The course will also establish the basis for participants to begin building their own theological rationale for how they view and practice leadership, including an understanding of principles on which to judge contemporary models and theories of leadership. The course will give each participant an opportunity to decide on the validity of Jesus' view and practice of leadership for today's leadership and organizational challenges. It also provides and a lens through which to view and evaluate other course material in the curriculum.

INST 662: Theology of Poverty
The purpose of this course is to equip students who are Christian development practitioners with the ability to reflect biblically, theologically, and historically about their vocation and the challenges of poverty that they encounter on a daily basis. As an introductory level course, its intent is to raise issues from a theological perspective that will be analyzed more fully in subsequent courses from the perspective of social scientific research and practice. Social scientific perspectives will also be utilized in this course to the extent that they contribute to evangelical and ecumenical theological reflection about poverty and development in the diverse contexts of development practitioners.

Financial/Management Core

ACCT 522: Managerial Accounting for Developing Enterprises
Integrates concepts from diverse topics that impact managerial accountants. Introductory lectures are concerned with the legal environment of business, tax regulations and tax planning. Includes focus on nonprofit organizations and international dimensions.

BUSA 500: Global Financial Management
Designed to provide a theoretical and practical framework that a financial manager can use to reach decisions in the real world. Contemporary problems in managerial finance illustrate theoretical constructs.

EDEV 695: Introduction to Microfinance
The goal of the course is to help the student gain a practical understanding of the fundamental concepts of microfinance, assessing customer needs and expectations; designing new products and delivery mechanisms; the various lending methodologies; the debate around regulation and supervision; assessing the quality of the portfolio; gauging financial viability; addressing governance and cultivating effective donor relations.

EDEV 696: Market Development for Microenterprises
This course assists the student in developing an understanding of current theory, best practices and debates in the market development arena. It also provides supporting information in the form of case studies from the field and interviews with theorists and practitioners.

BUSA 545: Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing
In this course, students will apply their knowledge of the fundamental areas of business to the development of a comprehensive business plan that focuses on developing social, economic, and spiritual capital. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of marketing theory and strategy in diverse cultural environments, and will explore the application of Social Entrepreneurship and Business as Mission to the process of economic development in urban and rural areas in the US and around the world.

EDEV 690: Program Planning, Management and Marketing
This course will review the history, theoretical underpinnings, and practice of program and project planning, monitoring, implementation, and evaluation in non-profit and official development organizations. It also covers the corresponding grant-writing, fundraising, and marketing methods, tools, strategies and techniques for such programs. In the MBA version of the course, operations management and quality control of for-profit organizations will also be reviewed. Heavy emphasis is placed on a hands-on learning approach, while stressing the importance of understanding and critiquing the conceptual framework on which these practices rely from a biblical perspective.

Program Core

EDEV 520: Cross-Cultural Skills and Understanding
The objectives of this course are that students learn about the nature of culture and that they practice cross-cultural communication; understand social structures; understand cultural exchange systems and the ways in which they are manifested in industrial and non-industrial societies; understand the role of religions, both world and traditional, including beliefs and practices, in the economic development process and in receptivity to the Gospel; and come to a profound understanding of what it means to be "salt and light" to the world for Jesus Christ.

EDEV 640: Community Development
This course is structured so that students will be able to: understand the loss and quest for community and community development in contemporary society; determine the nature and consequences of the war between good and evil in communities; describe how communities can be redeemed and empowered for transformation; and learn what is involved in assessing, sourcing, mobilizing and utilizing internal and external resources, assets, and valued goods for a community's development.

LEAD 576: Applied Research and Evaluation
This course is an introduction to applied research and evaluation. It is geared to giving students skills to engage in both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods for use in institutional and social change settings. Applied research is presented as a systematic inquiry designed to provide information to decision makers and/or groups concerned with particular human and societal problems. A Christian perspective on the purpose and practice of research underpins the course.

EDEV 641: Development Field Practicum
The Development Field Practicum is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to continue to learn and apply the skills from the other courses in economic development and international development programs. Students will be responsible for identifying an appropriate organization with which to serve for a minimum of three months and 250 hours in a developing country context (international concentration or specialization) or in a city context in the United States (urban concentration or specialization). Students will produce a written community development project proposal during their time of service relating to the work they perform during this field practicum.

International Concentration

LDEV 610: Advocacy, Public Policy and Human Rights
This course prepares leaders to actively engage government and public leaders through policy interventions and advocacy to advance the global struggle for human rights. Students are prepared to advocate for social justice by developing the foundational skills necessary to assess and intervene in the policy process as well as to develop and implement advocacy campaigns to influence politics. The course further emphasizes the importance of developing a biblical basis for social justice advocacy and the need for Christian professionals to cultivate strong advocacy skills.

ECON 613: The World Economy in Trade
Designed to familiarize students with the international environment in which businesses operate. Students acquire an awareness of, and appreciation for, the diversity and complexity of the international environment. The course is about markets (the economic dimension), power (the political dimension), and culture (the social dimension) under conditions of global interdependence.

ECON 513: Economic Development of Developing Countries
This course reviews the evolution of international economic development theory and practice. While it draws most heavily on development economics, it adopts an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the multiple actors, ideologies, and practices that make up the field of development and the relationships between and among them. In particular, it looks at the history of policies designed and implemented by multilateral and governmental aid agencies; the rise and praxis of the non-governmental sector and its relationship with the official sector; and critical insights from academia that help shape the debates and practice, especially on issues of power, race, gender, class, and North/South relationships. This course is underpinned and shaped by a constant reflection on theology of development, looking at the problems of an inherent sinfulness of human beings, the limits of knowledge, and ways that Christians and Christian organizations can and have contributed to engaging in international development in a way that is obedient to the two main commandments laid out in Scripture (Mathew 22:37-40).

Urban Concentration

INST 517: Urban Politics
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the politics of the city with an eye towards equipping students to use theory to inform and engage in praxis in working with the poor in urban areas. Special attention is given to the intersection of dimensions and structures of power between government and community movements for social change in its various forms and on understanding the major current issues and methods, tools, and strategies used in advocacy efforts in the urban context.

INST 567: Urban Sociology
This course is intended to cover core writings in the field of urban sociology with a focus on using theory to inform praxis in the city. Topics cover the social, cultural, religious, political, economic and aesthetic dimensions of the city and how they explain the production and reproduction of poverty and injustice. Special attention is given to the dimensions of race and ethnicity, immigration, family and community dynamics, and change, political power, socio-spatial change, technological change, and the relationship between the built environment and human behavior. Key theoretical paradigms that have constituted the field since its founding are considered and assessed in terms of their implications for social policy, urban scholarship and the practice of planning for social change.

ECON 514: Urban Economics
This course assists students in using economic theory to understand the forces behind the growth and decline of urban areas and communities; understanding the economic behavior of individuals, households, businesses and organizations within urban areas; and understanding the determinants of the distribution of income, assets and resources within urban areas. The course emphasizes the application of economic theory and logic rather than memorization. The integration of Christian faith with urban community economic development is examined.

This is designed as a course overview, and is not an official course listing.

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