PhD in International Development Courses


Anthro 505 - Cultural Anthropology
Course Description:
This course will enhance students’ appreciation of human culture. Learning to view the world through sociocultural lenses will aid in the process of discovering and addressing the challenges faced by societies around the globe. Students will gain a systematic understanding of key anthropological concepts, such as, culture, communication, social structure and kinship, worldview, religious beliefs and practices, and cultural change. By applying anthropological insights to cultural analysis, students will develop a sensitivity to their own cultures as well as others.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1.  describe the strengths and weaknesses of one’s culture and worldview from a cultural anthropological framework, integrating biblical insights on the impact of culture personally and in other socio-religious contexts.
  2. apply anthropological insights in effectively understanding, communicating, practicing holistic principles that lead to personal and social transformation.

InterCultr 565 - Foundations
Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide a chronological overview of the historical and cultural aspects of the global development of the biblical faith. An overview is given of the past and present with focus on understanding factors that enabled the biblical faith to continue to expand its ideal of "shalom" and implement transformational strategies in developing nations. The positive and negative impact of religion on culture and human development is examined as well as principles for effective cross-cultural communication of biblical faith and practice.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. explain the activity and purposes of God in history.
  2. present a historical overview of biblical faith from a missiological perspective.
  3. explain factors behind the progress of biblical faith in different times and places.
  4. reflect critically on their own cultures and worldviews.

IntlDev 565 - History and Trends in International Development
Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of the history and trends in international development. It provides a wide range of perspectives relevant and current in the field, surveys key theories and models, and prepares students to engage international development as an integrated academic field. The complexity and multi-faceted nature of human need requires cross-disciplinary research and analysis.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. explain the principal theories and models in international development referencing key literature.
  2. provide a biblical rational for the existence of evil as it relates to pervasive social problems.
  3. evaluate the ability of a development organization's chosen strategy to address pervasive social problems.
  4. assess the scope of poverty in the student’s country of origin or residence in terms of population, living standards and implications for social inclusion.
  5. articulate a holistic approach toward development, including best practices that can transform a society physically, socially and spiritually.

InterCultr 580A - Introduction to Mentoring
Course Description:

Coaching, tutoring, imparting knowledge, increasing skills, and growth are part of a healthy mentoring relationship and integral to the work of development. The course provides the opportunity for the student/mentor to develop a mentoring relationship with another student or workplace colleague. The course readings lead to a greater understanding of the practice of mentoring. Regular and guided communication equips the student/mentor to relate effectively to the person they are assigned to mentor, a process closely supervised by the instructor. Expanding on this foundational course, Mentoring Practicum (InterCultr 580B) will provide a six-month experience of mentoring.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. value mentoring and commit to being a mentor to others
  2. successfully engage a student in active reflection on coursework being taken.
  3. evaluate implement ways in which an online mentor-facilitator can effectively engage others in developing their understanding and skills related to their work.

InterCultr 580B - Mentoring Practicum
Course Description:

The Mentoring Practicum seeks to build on the principles and practices established in Introduction to Mentoring. The intentionality, nurture and insightfulness of the mentoring relationship grows with experience and further coaching. Teaching a course on-line will give student mentors first-hand experience of active mentoring through course facilitation. The relationship with the course instructor and other students is key to the progress and development of the student mentor.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Mentoring (InterCultr 580A).

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. mentor students in an online environment.
  2. commit to mentoring and teaching others during and after they complete their doctoral studies.

IntlDev 531 - Introduction to Research Methods                                                                                                                         Course Description
This course informs the student of standard research methods used in graduate level academic research. The student gains understanding about the purpose of research, its legitimate usage and best practices, and methods available. The student is thus enabled to make an informed decision regarding the correct method(s) to use in their own research.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. explain the essential character and uses quantitative and qualitative research.
  2. compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative research as it relates to their specific field of interest.
  3. become familiar with several specific methods used for both qualitative and quantitative research and under what circumstances they are used
  4. select two methods applicable to the central research issue of their project, and be able to comprehend the theory and practical procedures of the chosen methods well enough to be able and ready to implement one or the other or both, in their research

IntlDev 574 - Research Design
Course Description:

This course seeks to equip scholars with the skills needed to perform research that makes a contribution in their chosen field study. Building on the various research methodologies in Introduction to Research Methods, this course will guide students through the development of the Doctoral Learning Contract and a first draft of the Research Proposal, thus equipping the student for the next stages of the doctoral project in preparation for successfully writing a research-based dissertation.

Upon finishing the course, the student should be able to:

  1. develop a research topic that will contribute to knowledge within the context of international development.
  2. select and articulate a rationale for the research methodology or methodologies he/she will adopt for the dissertation research project.
  3. develop the Doctoral Learning Contract that includes tutorial outlines for the related library and field research.
  4. draft a preliminary Dissertation Research Proposal that follows WCIU’s Dissertation Proposal Guidelines.

Note: Courses requested for credit transfer need to be in the same subject area as specified in the student’s Doctoral Learning Contract (DLC).