PUBPOL 676: International Politics of Poverty and Development
3:10-3:10 pm EDT
This course examines alternative approaches to the study of poverty and development. Attention is directed primarily to problems confronted in the global South, with some comparative perspective on Western industrialized countries. Policy choices are considered in view of the opportunities offered and constraints imposed by aid agencies and international organizations. This course provides a graduate-level, policy-oriented introduction to issues and problems in the area of international development. It exposes students contending approaches to international development/poverty, with the intent of helping them think critically and inspect the assumptions that underlie the various studies. A substantial portion of the course will be spent looking at questions surrounding politics and policies of bilateral and multilateral aid programs.
Waltz specializes in human rights and international affairs, with a focus on arms transfer policy and regional expertise on North Africa. She also maintains the website Human Rights Advocacy and the History of International Human Rights Standards, hosted by U-M. For some 15 years she was involved in international efforts to promote an international Arms Trade Treaty and has more recently focused on U.S. firearms export regulations.