International Development Studies
W40 Hope Amidst an Unjust War: Conflict in Northern Uganda . Uganda is a divided country, with the south growing and stabilizing while the north is in turmoil. Life in the north has been disrupted by the war carried on for two decades by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), with its theft, murder, and abduction of children, who are raped and turned into child soldiers. The course will focus on conflict in the north, in the context of the history of Uganda and the region. Examination of the conflict, and its effects on the development of the north, will lead into a study of the work that various Ugandan leaders and groups are doing to improve conditions, work for peace, and bring hope. Students will learn about this from readings, videos, and guest speakers, including two Ugandan development workers with experience in the North who will join the class for the last half of the course. Students will keep a journal on the readings, videos, and guest-speaker presentations, and complete group projects which will result either in class presentations on a specific aspect of the course or events to educate others about the situation in northern Uganda . Evaluation will be based on the students' journal, class participation, and project. With the permission of the student' IDS advisor, this course may fulfill an elective in IDS majors and minors. G. Monsma. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W12 South African Miracle . M. Heun, T. Kuperus.
IDIS W17 Honduras : Poverty and Hope . R. Hoksbergen, K. Ver Beek, J. Van Engen.