About CDAE 002 A

Agricultural development emphasizing natural and economic phenomena and the effect of food supplies on population trends and policies.


Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

This course provides an introduction to international development with particular emphasis on sustainability as it relates to food, population, economic and ecological issues. Emphasis is placed on models and metrics of development. Topics ranging from the economic (poverty, inequality, value chains, corporate social responsibility, etc.), environmental (water, soil, climate change, biodiversity), and social (labor, food security, nutrition, etc.) are framed within sustainable development broadly and the Sustainable Development Goals specifically. The geographical focus is global focusing on Latin America, Asia, and Africa and their connections to North America and Europe.

Section Expectation

By the end of the course, student should be able to: 1.Identify and explain various meanings and measurements of development, including their ethical underpinnings. 2.Critically assess several concepts, views, and explanations pertaining to social, economic, and ecological dimensions of sustainable development including global poverty, food security, population growth, environmental hazards, and natural resource management. 3.Ascertain how international political economic systems have influenced and continue to play a central role in development around the globe. 4.Understand and analyze global, national and local linkages, opportunities, and challenges, as well as planning and policy strategies, to pursue poverty alleviation, food security, and sustainable development. 5.Articulate informed perspectives using quality evidence related to a variety of debates regarding sustainable development to understand how societies shape food and agricultural systems and how food and agriculture shape societies. 6.Comprehend the interconnections among social, economic, and ecological dimensions of food and agriculture systems and sustainable development. 7.Make informed decisions as a consumer and citizen in terms of how to thoughtfully engage in food and agriculture systems and sustainable development. 8.Utilize systems approaches to achieve a greater understanding and capacity to address the challenges related to international development.


Evaluation is based on a combination of participation, reading quizzes, writing assignments, and exams.

Course Dates



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to on Tuesday and Thursday

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