1. The Program:

The Masters in Development Studies is designed to provide an understanding of critical perspectives on development issues for fulfilling the need for quality human resources. The subject focuses on developing professionals with a solid grounding in social and economic principles and equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to build on this through detail study of specific development issues. The objective of MDS is to produce professionals with technical   capabilities to deal with evolving development priorities of the less developed nation under the complex socio-cultural environment. The program ensures the capacity of the participants in order to formulate policies and implement programs providing strategic leadership to achieve stipulated goals. The curriculum is combined   with a rigorous course work and guided research. The students are expected to acquire adequate analytical and managerial skills to pursue research or development oriented careers in academia, administration, media and non-government organizations.


  1. Aims:

This program aims:(i) to develop professionals and their capacity to deal with critical analysis of the issues within policy, planning and financing of development programs, and (ii) to formulate and design appropriate policies and strategies responsive to the welfare and needs of the people at large within a framework of social economic, environmental and political factors that shape the development opportunities and policies of a nation.

Graduates from this course can go into international, national and regional level policy, planning and management level employment opportunities. They can work for government, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector as policy-makers, researchers, advisors or work in advocacy or training.

  1. Objectives:

By the end of this course, students should able be to: (i) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of international and national level management, policies including current and emerging trends; (ii) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of development planning and financing issues under the complex global context; (iii) demonstrate specialist knowledge and skills in other areas selected from a range of options on the program relevant to the study of development strategy; (iv) apply their knowledge and skills using  various approaches to formulate, implement and evaluate development policies, plans and programs; (v) show competence both written and verbal, in communicating empirical evidence and consolidating and critically appraising debates relevant to development issues. (vi) Inculcate research culture and be able to present and interpret findings as basis for future development of the programs and services of the country.


  1. Admission Requirements

Applicants for this program are required to hold a three to four year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited academic institution within or outside the country. They could be in any discipline of social sciences, health sciences, and business administration, with no third division in any examination. The applicant must submit the completed application form, official transcripts of all previous academic study, the application fee and such additional materials and information as the program may require. The minimum cumulative gross point average (CGPA) for admission into this program is 2.85 for the applicants whose undergraduate degree was evaluated with the CGPA system. Although, prior formal study of economics is not required for admission but some knowledge of the basic principles of economics, statistics and computer use is advised. In addition, the Admission Committee seeks to measure each candidate’s potential for academic success and for subsequent contribution to the health sector in the home country.


4.1. Selection of Applicants


Written and oral tests are both conducted for selecting candidates. The final selection of a candidate for admission is made on the average score of the combined tests.


4.1.1. Local Students:


  • Applicants are required to sit for a written test in Mathematics, English and general aptitude. Students with a GMAT score of 550 or better and GRE score of 1100 or better are exempted from the written test and eligible directly to appear for the oral test.


  • The successful candidates in the admission test are called for an oral test.



4.1.2. International Students


International students are evaluated on the basis of the TOFEL, GMAT, and GRE scores. The TOFEL score of 550 or better is needed for the applicants whose mother tongue is not English. International Applicants with the TOFEL score below 550 can be considered for admission into the program providing they take English proficiency courses. A total of at least 1050 points is needed based on the following formula: 200 times the overall undergraduate grade-point average plus the GMAT score. In case of GRE, a total of at least 1400 points is needed (200 times the overall undergraduate grade-point average plus the GRE score).  The GMAT or GRE can be waived for the students with excellent academic background.





  1. Curriculum Requirements

Credit hours required for the degree range from a minimum of 45 credit hours to a maximum of 60 credit hours. The program is divided into two levels. A summary of these levels and credit hours required in each level is shown below:

Minimum Maximum Level Description
0 15 I Program Prerequisites
45 45 II Program Specialised Courses
Total 60    



  1. Program Requirements


  • Completion of minimum 15 courses (45 credit hours). Students, who will take thesis, need to cover minimum 39 credits (13 courses). The thesis will be equivalent of 6 credits.
  • Must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 to be in good academic standing with the University. A minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for graduation. No more than 9 hours of grades (3 courses) within the range of “C+, C and D“ are acceptable toward the master degree.
  • Graduate credits earned more than five years prior to the date of the Candidate plan of study may not be accepted without written approval of the admission authority.
  • Courses completed for a previous graduate degree may not be counted for this degree.
  • The Candidate plan of study is valid for maximum four years providing the student maintains continuous enrolment (successfully completing at least one course in a 12-month period).
  • A student who breaks continuous enrolment must file a reactivation application with Enrolment Services and re-qualify for the graduate program under the catalogue in effect the semester he/she returns.


6.1. Duration of the Program


This is a one-year intensive program consisting of 3 semesters considering the waiver and non-waiver status. A student can graduate earlier from this allocated time period by enrolling in the summer session. While writing the thesis, a student may take maximum four months longer than the scheduled semester time.


6.2. Class Attendance

Attendance is mandatory for each and every class. Missing more than 20% of the scheduled classes will place the student for an automatic “UW” grade unless otherwise approved by the faculty responsible for that particular course.



  1. Method of Instruction


Teaching under this program covers variety of methods applicable for specific topic. Outcomes will be achieved by a rich mixture of teaching and learning approaches bringing a wide range of professionals experience to their learning at AIUB. Small group learning methods such as syndicated group work, case studies, seminars and group presentations are emphasized. Lecture method will be supplemented by project work, case presentation, group discussions, workshops and audio-visual aids. Field visits are arranged from time to time during the year to provide direct knowledge and experience of special healthcare problems, and of ongoing initiatives to improve the management of healthcare services. Emphasis is also given on the project work, case method of instruction and other techniques that may be necessary considering the obtaining situations under review. The International and Bangladesh health and population sector related concerns are also integrated during the lectures and discussions to create and enhance positive attitude and appreciation among the students.


  1. Grading

Letter grades are used for determining the quality of work in a particular course. While A, B+, B, C+, C, D are considered as passing grades, “F” is considered as failing grade. Incomplete grades may be given at the end of the semester to students who have unfinished work with passing academic standing. Students with “I” grade must complete the course within a month after the following semester commences; otherwise an automatic “F” grade will be given.


  1. Curriculum

9.1. Level I (Program Prerequisites)

These prerequisite courses should be satisfied during the first semester. The conditions for granting waivers of each course are described below:

DEV 0501 Principles of Economics 3 Completion of 3 credit hours on micro & macroeconomics within 5 years of acceptance into the Program with a B average or better.
DEV 0502 Introduction to Statistics 3 Completion of 3 credit hours on Bio-Statistics within 5 years of acceptance into the Program with a B average or better.
DEV 0503 Introduction to Mathematical Economics 3 Completion of 3 credit hours on  Mathematical Economics within 5 years of acceptance into the Program with a B average or better.
DEV 0504 Introduction to Anthropology 3 Completion of 3 credit hours on  Mathematical Economics within 5 years of acceptance into the Program with a B average or better.
DEV 0505 Introduction to Demography 3 Completion of 3 credit hours on Demography within 5 years of acceptance into the Program with a B average or better.
Total 15




Semester 1

Proposed courses for First Semester


SL Course Code                               Course title            Credit
1 DEV 5101 Development Economics             3
2 DEV 5102 Globalization and Development             3
3 DEV 5103 Research Methodology             3
4 DEV 5104 Politics, Leadership and Governance             3
5 DEV Elective 1             3




    Semester 2

 Proposed courses Second Semester


SL CourseCode                               Course title            Credit
1 DEV 5205 Development Perspective             3
2 DEV 5206 NGO and Social Entrepreneurship             3
3 DEV 5207 Statistics for Development             3
4 DEV Elective 2             3
5 DEV Elective 3             3



   Semester 3

Proposed courses Third Semester


Course Code                                   Course Title         Credit
1 DEV 5308 Poverty Studies and Policy Analysis             3
2 DEV 5309 Social Anthropology             3
3 DEV 5310  Project Planning , Monitoring and Evaluation             3
4 DEV Thesis (Research / Development Project Proposal)             3
5 DEV Elective 4             3













Elective Courses:


Course Code Course title Credit
1 DEV 5111 Public Health and Behavior Change 3
2 DEV 5112 Health Economics 3
3 DEV 5213 Demography and Population Dynamics 3
4 DEV 5214 Gender Based Violence, Sexuality  and  HIV/ AIDS 3
5 DEV 5115 Gender and Development 3
6 DEV 5216 Climate Change and Disaster Management 3
7 DEV 5217 Microfinance and Micro-insurance 3
8 DEV 5318 Media, Technology and Information Management 3
9 DEV 5319 Development Communication 3
10 DEV 5320 Corporate Social Responsibilities 3
11 DEV 5121 Social Innovations 3
12 DEV 5222 Social Services Management 3



Course Code:  DEV 5101    Development Economics                               Credit:  3

This course offers a brief overview of selected topics in development economics. Basically, the course will discuss the major theories of development which are included ‘Classic Theories of Growth and Development: Balanced and Unbalanced Growth, Rostow’s Stages of Growth, Harrod-Domar growth Model, the Lewis theory of Development, Structural Change and Patterns of Development, The International Dependence Revolution, The Solow neoclassical Growth Model, The New Growth Theory, Starting Economic Development: The Big Push, New Institutional Economics etc. Following a general introduction to the subject and to the data the course focuses on long-term processes of productivity growth and structural transformation. This is followed by a critical presentation of the still rapidly growing, literature on cross country growth comparisons. The course discusses the issue of the economic development of Bangladesh, India and South Asia. Particular attention is given to economic liberalization and systematic reforms since the 1990s and the future.


Michael P. Todaro and Stephen Smith. Economic Development, 10th edition, Pearson, 2008.

Debraj Ray, Development Economics, Princeton University Press, 1998.

  1. Thirlwall, Growth and Development. 8th edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
  2. Siggle, Development Economics: A Policy Analysis Approach. Ashgate Publishing Co. 2005.




Course Code: DEV 5102     Globalization and Development                                   Credit: 3

The course will be designed to focus on the changes of development process as an impact of globalization.  The content of the course will be included Global Food Crisis, Global Trade, Global Marketing System, Trafficking, Manpower, Tourism, Cultural Diversity and Natural Resources Management through co-management system. It will have an explanation over the new emerging theories of development and implantation of these theories within different parts of the world.


Daniele Archibugi, Jonathan Michie (Eds.) Trade, Growth and Technical Change, 1998.

Steven Brakman, Harry Garretsen, Charles Van Marrewijk, Arjen Van Witteloostuijn Nations and Firms in the Global Economy: An Introduction to International Economics and Business,  2006.

John Gionea,  International Trade and Investment, 2002. David Greenaway (Ed.) The World Economy: Global Trade Policy, 2006.

Nigel Grimwade , International Trade: New Patterns of Trade, Protection and Investment , 2000.

  1. Paul Hallwood , International Money and Finance , 2000

Luis A. Rivera-Batiz, Maria-A. Oliva , International Trade: Theory, Strategies, and Evidence ,  2004

Henry Thompson () International Economics: Global Markets and Competition, 2006.

Beth V. Yarbrough, Robert M. Yarbrough , The World Economy: Trade and Finance,  2005.

Beth V. Yarbrough, Robert M. Yarbrough , The World Economy: International Trade, 2005.

 Course Code: DEV 5103     Research Methodology                                 Credit:  3

This course is designed to acquaint the students with scientific research methods for problem solving and decision-making in various business situations. Each student will be exposed to, and given a set of conceptual tools & techniques that will allow them to understand the nature of scientific methods as they apply to business. Emphasis will be given on research design, problem formulation, developing data collecting instruments; conducting a research project and application of research to special fields will be stressed. Besides, the course will given emphasize on the key Schools of Thought on Social Science research: Objectivity, Positivism, Empiricism, realism, Subjectivity, Idealism, Building Bridges, Postmodernism.


Paul D. Leedy and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod, Practical Research: Planning and Design, 8th Edition, Pearson Education Ltd: New Jersey, 2005.

William G. Zikmund,  Business Research Methods, 8th Edition, Dryden Pr.

A.J. M. Sufian, Methods and techniques of Social Research, University Publications Ltd. Dhaka, 1998.

Anthony Graciano and Michael Raulin, Research Methods, A Process of Inquiry, 4th edition, USA, 2000.



Course Code:  DEV5104            Politics, Leadership and Governance                Credit: 3

The governance and Development course is intended to provide students with a theoretically poised debate, and to enhance their practical capacity to develop and implement governance policies in public and NGO organizational settings. The program aims to cover both the politics, Leadership and Governance that state-centric and social aspects of governance as the primary focus is on the functioning of political institutions within their social context. The content of the course includes the following major issues:

o Critical issues in Political Science: Power, legitimacy and Authority, Sovereignty and State, Nationalism

o State: Meaning, Characteristics, Pillars of State, Failed State

  • Political Institutions: The political executive, The Administration / Bureaucracy, the Judiciary, The Parliament

o Other Major Political institutions: The intellectuals, Civil Society, media anu Press, the military, Anti-corruption Commission, Ombudsman

o State and Market: Developmental State, Welfare State, Neo-liberalism



Ball, A. R. and Peters, B. G. (2000), Modern politics and Government,

Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan Press,

Derbyshire, 3. D. and Derbyshire, I. (1999), Political Systems of the, World (Vol-1), Oxford: Helicaon Publishing Ltd.

Lijphart, A. (1971), World Politics: The Writin3s of Theorists and Practitioners, Classical and Modern. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Peters, B. G. (1995). The Politics of Bureaucracy. New York: Longman.

Turner, M. and Hulme, D. (1997), Governance, Administration and
development: Making the State Work. London: Macmillan Press Ltd.

Abul M.A, Muhith, An Agenda for Good Governance (From Lawlessness and Corruption to a Caring and Prospects Democracy), Shahitya Prakash, Dhaka,2007.

Husnat A Hye., Governance: A South Asian Perspective, UPL: Dhaka.

Aminuzzaman Salahuddin, Governance and Development, AHDPH.


Course Code:  DEV 5205      Development Perspectives                                       Credit:  3

The course provides theoretical and conceptual grounding in contemporary issues relating to social development policy and practice. It highlights the diverse meanings of the word ‘development’ and explains alternative theories of why and how development takes place in a given society or fails to do so. Specifically, the course will explore the importance of different sectoral issues into: Agricultural Transformation and Rural Development, Industrialization, Income Distribution, Employment and Migration, Heath and Education, Choice of Techniques, Foreign Resource and Economic Development, Allocation of Resource, Investment Criteria, Structural Adjustment and development, The New International Economic Order etc.



Akhtar Hossain, Farida Khan, Tanveer Akram (Eds) Economic analysis of Comtemporary issues in Bangladesh, The University Press Ltd: Dhaka, 2006.

Ashraf Ali,  M Faizul Islam, Ruhul Kuddus (Eds) Development Issues in Bangladesh, University Press Ldt: Dhaka, 1996.

Ashraf Ali, Ruhul Kuddus, Sayed Saad Andaleeb (Eds) Development Issues of Bangladesh-2, University Press Ltd: Dhaka, 2003

Fujita Koichi, Re-Thinking Economic Development – The Green Revolution, Agrarian Structure and Transformation in Bangladesh, A H Development Publishing House, 2010.

M Faizul Islam, Syed Saad Andaleeb (Eds) Human Development and Quality of Life, The University Press Ltd: Dhaka, 2007.

Momtaj Uddin Ahmed, Essays on Contemporary Development Issues of Bangladesh,  A H Development Publishing House, 2010.

Course Code: DEV 5206        NGO and Social Entrepreneurship                Credit:  3

The course will deal with principles, activities and contents of Non Government Organizations (NGOs). It will also incorporate application and contextualization of these principles to Social Development. Case Studies are analyzed to illustrate the concrete application of social entrepreneurship concepts. The course contents will focus on Private Philanthropy Organizations and Social Business. -these are the new modes/forms of social entrepreneurship in the last decade and transforming into mainstream force etc.


Shahidur R Khandaker, M A Baqui Khalily, Zahed H Khan (Eds) Credit program for the poor: Household and intra household impacts and program sustainability, Vol 1, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and The World Bank: Dhaka, 1996.

Muhammad Abdul Latif, Shahidus R. Khandakar, Zahed H. Khan, Credit program for the poor: Household and intra household impacts and program sustainability, Vol 2, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies and The World Bank: Dhaka, 1996.

A R Khan, Entrepreneurship Small Business and Lives of Successful Entrepreneurs, Ruby Publication, Dhaka, 2000.

A.K.M. Matinur Rahman, NGO and Development: Myth and Reality, A H Development Publishing House, 2010.

Afroza Begum, Government-NGO Interface in Development Management, A H Development Publishing House, 2010.

 Course Code:  DEV 5207    Statistics for Development                            Credit:  3

The course is designed to give an introduction to the concepts and techniques of social science statistics. Topics include frequency distribution, charts and graphs, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, simple correlation and regression, probability & probability distribution, sampling and sampling distribution, theory of estimation, contingency table and test of hypothesis. The course will focus on real data applications, quantitative literacy, statistical thinking and the use of statistical software.




Michael Barrow, Statistics for Economics, Accounting & Business Studies plus MathXL pack, 5th Edition, Pearson, 2006.

David R. Anderson, Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams, Jim Freeman, Eddie Shoesmith , Statistics for Business and Economics, 2006.


Mike Barrow , Statistics for Economics, Accounting and Business Studies, 1996.

William L. Carlson, Betty Thorne ,  Applied Statistical Methods, 1996.

Gary E. Clayton, Martin Gerhard Giesbrecht,  A Guide to Everyday Economic Statistics, 2003.

Fergus Daly, David Hand, Chris Jones, Daniel Lunn, Kevin McConway, Elements of Statistics, 1994.

Lind A. et al. , Statistical Techniques in Business and Economics, 12th edition, Mc Graw Hill, 2005


Course Code: DEV 5308      Poverty Studies and Policy Analysis            Credit :3

The objective of this course is to apprise the students of the conceptual framework underlying the current discussions on poverty and to introduce some of the issues related to its measurement.  It will cover the definition of poverty, causes of poverty, income vs multidimensional concept of poverty, Millennium Development Goals and Poverty, PRSP etc. In addition, the course will focus on the dynamism of the poverty such as Urban Poverty, Environmental Refugee, Poverty and Immigration.


  1. G. Quibria, Rural Poverty in Asia, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Kabeer, N. (1994), “Beyond the Poverty Line: Measuring Poverty and Impoverishing Measures”, in N Kabeer, Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought, pp136-162, London and New York, Verso, 1994.

Ravallion, M. (1992), Poverty Comparisons: A Guide to Concepts and Methods, LSMS Working Paper 88, Washington DC, World Bank, 1992.

Glewwe, P. and der Gaag, J. V. (1990), “Identifying the Poor in Developing Countries: Do Different Definitions Matter?”, World Development, Vol 18, No 6, pp. 803-814.

Foster, J., Greer, J. and Thorbecke, E. (1984), „A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures‟, Econometrica 52 (3): 761-66 [technical]

Atkinson, A. (1987), “On the Measurement of Poverty”, Econometrica 55 (4): 749-764 [technical]

Sumner, A. (2003), „Economic and Non-Economic Well-Being: A Review of Progress on the Meaning and Measurement of Poverty‟, Paper prepared for WIDER Conference, „Inequality, Poverty and Human Well-Being‟, Helsinki, May 30-31, 2003.

Blackwood, D. L. and Lynch, R. G. (1994), „The Measurement of Inequality and Poverty: A Policy Maker‟s Guide to the Literature‟, World Development, 22 (4): 567-578.

Kanbur, R. (2001), “Q-Squared: Qualitative and Quantitative Poverty





Course Code: DEV 5309                  Social  Anthropology                                    Credit: 3

The course combines two course ‘Anthropology of Development’ and Sociology of Development' InAnthropology of Development’ the focus is on how anthropology became involve in development and development projects in different parts of the world. It will make the students familiar with the field of anthropology of development with the various histories, opinions and debates which have emerged during the relationship building between development and anthropology in the contemporary period.



Carol R. Ember, and Melvin Ember. Anthropology, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall: India,  1995.

Phillip Kottack, Cultural Anthropology, 10th Edition, Mc-Graw Hill : New York, 2003.


Course Code DEV 5310       Projects Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation      Credit: 3

The course is aiming to provide a practical overview of the cycle of the development process involved in the management if development programs and projects, including project conceptualization, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The course helps to learn the Logical Framework and Social Cost Benefit Analysis (UNIDO and Little-Mireless Approach) for project planning and evaluation.


Rory Burke, Project Management Planning and Control Techniques, 5th Edition, Burke Publishing, 2006.

Harold Kerzner, Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 9th Edition , John Wiley & Sons, 2005.

Harold Kerzner, Project Management Case Studies, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2006.

Clifford Gray, Project Management: The Managerial Process, 3rd edition, MCGRAW-HILL

Kathy Schwalbe, Introduction to Project Management, 2nd Edition, 2009.


Elective Courses

Course Code:  5111               Public Health and Social Changes                  Credit: 3

This course will provide with an in-depth understanding of the scope of the public health field and a practical foundation for future career opportunities in the context of social changes.  Students will become familiar with the evolution of public health as a field, including past achievements as well as current issues and future directions considering the changing dimensions of society.  The course will emphasize the core functions of public health and it’s relate with the social changes describe how these functions relate to communities, the role of government, public health agencies and professionals in the development process.  This course will feature presentations from experts in the field when appropriate. The course is concerned with analysis of problems and the achievement of the change in order to improve health groups of people and population. It aims to improve health through a number of means including the improvement of health services, the promotion of healthy living, and control of environmental threats to health and concerning issues of behavior changes in the aspect of social changes.



Robert Keefe and Elaine T. Jurkowski , Handbook for Public Health Social Work, The Social Work Section Of The American Public Hea (Editor), 2012.

Gunnar Almgren , Health Care Politics, Policy and Services – A Social Justice Analysis, Second Edition, 2012

Rosalind Blackwood and Dr Renu Bindra, Health Care Evaluation and Health Needs Assesment Index.

Hannah Pheasant, Sally Cartwright, Rebecca Nunn. Health and Social Behaviour, 2e

Robert S. Feldman, Understanding Psychology, 6th Edition, McGraw Hill: New York, 2002.

Robert A Baron, &, Donn Byrbe , Social Psychology, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall: India, 1995



Course Code: DEV5112                   Health Economics                                          Credit: 3

The course provides economics principles and models to understand the functions of the different types of health system undertake comparative analysis of health system design and assess new models of financing the healthcare programs and services. This topic aims to enable students to use economic analysis in financing of health systems and implement the health sector in a cost effective manner considering alternative avenues to achieve financial sustainability.



S  Folland, A C Goodman and M Stano, The Economics of Health and Health Care, Macmillan,

James W. Henderson, Health Economics and Policy, 4th Edition, South-Western, 2009.
Rexford E. Santerre and Stephen P. Neun, Health Economics, 4th Edition, South-Western, 2007.

Stephen Morris, Nancy Devlin and David Parkin, Economic Analysis in Health Care, Wiley, 2006.



Course Code: 5213     Demography and Population Dynamics                                Credit: 3

The course aims to develop and encourage students’ ability to apply skills and knowledge to practical demographic and population problems related to development in developing countries. Emphasis is placed on the concept and understanding of the technical aspects of the subject so that students can acquire comprehensive conceptual framework of the subject for its wider application in the field of development. In the development discourse, demographic dividend is key concepts that will give emphasize to discuss the population issue.


Ahmad Neaz, Banu Hasina, Effect of Programmatic and Non-programmatic Factors on the Variation of Contraception and Fertility in Bangladesh, NIPORT/CIDA, 1992.

Ahmad Neaz, Banu Hasina,  Determinants and Characteristics of Non-use of             Contraceptive in Bangladesh, CIDA, 1994.

Cleland, John. et al., The Determinants of Reproductive Change in    Bangladesh Success in a Challenging Environment, Washington D.C., The World Bank, 1994.

Adnan, Shapan, “Fertility Decline under Absolute Poverty: Paradoxical Aspects of Demographic change in Bangladesh” Economic and Political Weekly, pp. 1337-1348, May 30, 1998,


Course Code: DEV 5214  Gender based Violence, Sexuality and HIV/ AIDS  Credit: 3


Gender-based violence (GBV), Sexuality and HIV and AIDS, remains among the most pervasive problems along with poverty confronting women across the globe, with adverse consequences for almost all sectoral areas including agriculture and labour. GBV takes many forms – physical, sexual, emotional and psychological, and socio-economic. Harmful traditional practices are also considered a form of GBV. It is deeply rooted in unequal power relations and individual attitudes that condone violence within the family, the community and the State. As societies change, patterns of violence alter and new forms emerge. GBV is even more severe and widespread during a humanitarian crises, where state and community social structures are disrupted and agriculture fails to ensure food and livelihood security of populations. Such circumstances may lead individuals to engage in sexual behaviors (e.g. sex work for food rations, safe passage and access to basic goods) that can expose them to higher risk of HIV infection. There has recently been increased attention to the relationship between GBV, HIV and livelihoods. Gender inequality, limited access and control over land, water and other productive resources, lack of access to education and health services, food insecurity, conflict and displacement continue to fuel the vicious cycle of both GBV and HIV. GBV and food insecurity also contribute directly and indirectly to people’s vulnerability to HIV and their ability to cope with the infection. In this context, the course will provide in depth knowledge relating to above factors. The course is intended to provide an idea about gender based violence, sexuality and HIV/ AIDS. It also intends to describe details on different types of gender based violence, relationship between violence and sexuality, sexual changes, masculinity, HIV/ AIDS and global vulnerability.




Diane Richardson, Rethinking Sexuality. Sage Publication: New Delhi. Thousand Oaks:              London, 2000.

Tamsin Wilton, Sexualities in health and social care. Open University Press: Buckingham, 2000.

Ravi K Verma, Pertti J. Pelto, Stephen L. Schensul, Archana Joshi, (Eds.) Sexuality in the time of AIDS: Contemporary perspective from     communities in India. SAGE Publications: New Delhi. Thousand Oaks: London, 2004.

Josefina J. Card , Julie Solomon and Jacquelin Berman,   Tools for Building Culturally Competent HIV Prevention Programs, 2007.

WFP, 2007. Intersections of Sexual and Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS: Case Studies in the DRC, Liberia, Uganda and Colombia, by A. Michels, Rome, WFP.

Eghtessadi, R., 2008. Gender violence and HIV: Reversing twin epidemics, in Exchange on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and gender, No. 3, pp. 1-4.




Course Code: DEV5115       Gender and Development                                        Credit: 3

This course is designed to study of gender and development in both an academic social science context and in the context of policy making and implementation. It examines the theories/models of the past and provides an understanding of developing an alternate model of development for women in third world countries. These issues are placed in the context of the emergence of women in the development/and also various feminist perspectives which have contributed to it.


Batliwala, S. Empowerment of women in South Asia. AWID Publication, 1990.

Easter Boserup, Women’s role in economic development. St. Martin’s Press: New York ,1970.

Nazmunnessa Mahtab,  Women, gender and development contemporary issues. A H Development Publishing House: Dhaka,  2012.

Irene Tinker, (Ed.),  Persistent Inequalities: Women and world development. New York: Oxford University Press,  1990



Course Code: DEV5216         Climate Change and Disaster Management              Credit: 3

The course is primarily aimed at introducing the students with recent scenario of climate change by acquainting them with the key concepts, debates, approaches, issues and strategies relating to the analyses and dynamics of various environmental sectors, developmental practices, and linkages between the two. The focus is on bridging theoretical discourses with practical implication of disaster management and planning. At the end of the course, the students are expected to develop a broad based understanding of the key contexts, issues and challenges surrounding environment and development both globally and nationally.


David Lobell, and Marshall Bruke, Climate Change and Food Security , Springer Dordrecht: Heidelberg London New York, 2010.

UNFCC, Climate Change: Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in Developing Countries .

Course Code:  5217               Microfinance and Micro-insurance             Credit: 3

This course will assist students to understand the role of microfinance program in policy development and implication, cliental service, rural financing and its challenges, gender relation and empowerment, project evaluation, global poverty situation and MDGs , concept of social business, theories related to rural financing. On the other hand, Micro-insurance is pathway of development activities. The course will help to understand linkages between the microfinance and micro-insurance in the changing scenario of global development partnership.



Beatriz Armendariz de Aghion & Jonathon Morduch,, The Economics of Microfinance, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts , London , England, 2005.

Tazul Islam, Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation, Ashgate Publishing Ltd: London, 2007.

Joanna Ledgerwood, Microfinance Handbook, World Bank, Washington DC.


Course Code: DEV5318   Media, Technology and Information Management    Credit: 3

The relationship among media, technology and information management is very complex and dynamic. This course will introduce students to a range of ideas that will provide various perspectives on the relationship among three. It is admitted that technology is not merely a set of material artifacts with a straight forward impact on our world. This course will examine how the concept of technology has reshaped human understanding, nature, identity and so forth. Students will acquire abilities to think critically using the concepts and approaches of media, technology and information management. This course will give them insights to rethink about the effects of technology and its relationship with media and development in the society.


Alan B. Albarran , Management of Electronic Media, Wadsworth Publishing,  2009

Paige Baltzan and Amy Phillips , Essentials of Business Driven Information Systems,  McGraw-Hill/Irwin,  2008

Kenneth C. Laudon , Management Information Systems, Prentice Hall, 12th Edition,  2011

Springer, Journal of Information Technology and Management


Course Code: DEV5319                   Development Communication                      Credit: 3

This course will be intended to provide student with an understanding of role of communication in social change, particularly in the context of its potential to facilitate changes in knowledge and behaviors among stakeholders in development programs. Students examine the theory behind the tools employed in communication programs and identify patterns in application.


Thomas L. McPhail (Eds), Development Communication: Reframing the Role of the Media, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Authors Robert Burnett, Anna Karin Brunstrom, Anders Nilsson (Eds),  Perspectives on Multimedia: Communication, Wiley, 2003.

Srinivas R Melkote, H Leslie Steeves, Communication for Development in the Third World: Theory and Practice for Empowerment, 2nd edition  Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd; 2001.

  1. V. Vilanilam, Development Communication In Practice, Sage Publications.


Course Code: DEV5320        Corporate Social Responsibilities                           Credit: 3

As corporations invest greater resources in social responsibility, environmental sustainability and strategic philanthropy, managers are challenged to demonstrate the effects of CSR on the bottom line. This course explores how today’s leading corporations design, manage and measure social strategies to generate business value. Students will learn frameworks, methodologies and tools and use these to develop CSR strategies for real-world corporations. The course focuses on the history of corporate social responsibility, its rationale, current trends both internationally and locally, actual practices and implementation issues. It also emphasizes on its location within the discourse of business ethics and corporate governance.


David Crowther & Güler Aras , Corporate Social Responsibility,

William B. Werther and David B. Chandler,  Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility: Stakeholders in a Global Environment , Sage Publications.


Course Code: DEV5121                   Social innovation                                           Credit: 3

A three-phase seminar on the necessary knowledge and skills to enable students to develop their own social enterprise, broadly defined as a social development initiative.  In the first phase, inputs are given on social entrepreneurship and project management; in the second phase students come up with a social enterprise proposal. The third phase involves the actual implementation of the social development initiatives.


Stephen Goldsmith, Gigi Georges  and  Tim Glynn Burke,  The Power of Social Innovation, Barnes & Noble, USA, 2011.


Course Code: DEV5222       Social Services Management            Credit: 3

This course expects students to select and investigate one aspect of social service management practice in their employing organizations. The aim of the course is to engage students in critically examining the nature and characteristics of the selected aspect of social service management practice and propose innovative ideas and approaches for policy change and organizational improvement. In the process of conducting this project, students will, under the supervision of the course instructor, have the opportunity to learn research methods and further advance their understanding and integration of knowledge in social service management.


Simon Slavin , An Introduction to Human Services Management (Social Administration : the Management of the Social Services, Vol 1)

Simon Slavin,  Managing Finances, Personnel, and Information in Human Services: Volume II of Social Administration : The Management of the Social Services

Simon Slavin , Research Utilization in the Social Services: Innovations for Practice and Administration (Haworth Social Administration)

David Austin,  Human Services Management

Bertram H. Raven,   Social Psychology: People in Groups

Carlton Munson,  Management and Information Systems in Human Services: Implications for the Distribution of Authority and Decision Making (Haworth Series in Social Work Practice)