GTD 511 Development Policy and Practices (3 credits)

Informs students on the complexity of policy making and its relationship to development practices through time. Creates an intellectual space to discuss the practices of global development; uses case studies to enhance students’ creativity and skill needed in managing and negotiating critical development challenges. Approaches development policy (models, strategies and project design) primarily as a tool to legitimize power relation rather than to orient practice for desired development outcomes.

GTD 501 Global Technology and Development (3 credits)

Students will be introduced to the main theories of economic, political and social development, as well as consider development indicators and government and NGO policies and programs. With this background, students will then explore the particular impact of technology on development, emphasizing recent innovations and advancements.

GTD 503 Technology and the International Political System (3 credits)

This course will provide a history of how our current world political system developed, highlighting technological factors in this development, followed by a study of the impact of recent technologies on the system at the end of the 20th century, and considering such concepts as globalization, national versus international identity, and erosion of sovereignty.

GTD 505 Social Science Inquiry for Global Development (3 credits)

Research design and processes in the social sciences to address problems and challenges in global development, including the construction of problem statements, effective literature reviews, diverse techniques of primary and secondary data collection and analysis, and design and development of research proposals.

GTD 506 Applied Project Methods in Global Development (3 credits)*

Survey theoretical frameworks, research methods and knowledge mobilization techniques for research and creative applied projects in global development. There is also an emphasis on developing problem statements and conducting literature reviews to support applied projects.

GTD students must complete a total of 30 credit hours.

The program consists of

  • 15 credits of Core and other Required coursework
  • 6 credits of Regional/Area coursework
  • 6 credits of restricted electives from a list provided by the degree program
  • 3 credits of a culminating experience requirement – Applied Project (GTD 593)

Electives come from GTD regional studies courses and courses related to development and technology offered in many different programs at ASU, such as:


Technological Entrepreneurship and Management


Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology

Urban and Environment Planning

Justice Studies

Nonprofit Leadership Management