2022-23 DSSC Minor Program Course Schedule

Questions about the courses or the DSSC minor program? Contact Karen Brown at [email protected]

Fall 2022

DSSC 8111: Ways of Knowing

Credits: 3
Instructor: Dr. Richa Nagar, Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies 
Course Schedule: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Who takes this course? ICGC Scholars in their first year of the program should enroll in DSSC 8111. ICGC Scholars from earlier cohorts who have not yet taken Ways of Knowing due to scheduling conflicts should also enroll in this seminar.


DSSC 8211: Doctoral Research Workshop

Credits: 3
Instructor: Dr. Karen Brown, ICGC
Course Schedule: TBD

Who takes this course? ICGC Scholars in their third year, or in the year prior to their dissertation research year, should enroll in DSSC 8211 in Fall semester. 


DSSC 8310: Topics in Development Studies and Social Change

Section 1: Environmental Justice Worldmaking

Credits: 1
Instructor: Drs. Rose Brewer (Department of African & African American Studies) and Tania D. Mitchell (Department Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development) 
Course Schedule: Thursdays, 10:45am-12:00pm., 2nd half of semester

Who takes this class? ICGC Scholars in their second year of the program should enroll for a minimum of 2 credits of DSSC 8310. DSSC 8310 is a variable credit course, typically offered for one credit. Students are welcome to enroll in multiple sections of DSSC 8310, and must complete at least two credits.

Course Description

This course centers on the work and relationships developed (and developing) towards environmental justice. Bringing together faculty, students, activists, and leaders (some who claim space in multiple categories), the class will learn from and with people doing the work of environmental justice to consider strategies and best practices for engaging in collaborative action and ideation to affect the just transformation of democracy. Those involved in the course will emphasize the need for multiracial coalitions, mutuality, reciprocity, and ethical engagement to advance the goals of environmental justice. 



DSSC 8310: Topics in Development Studies and Social Change

Section 2: Forced Migrations

Credits: 1
Instructor: Dr. Hakim Abderrezak, Department of French & Francophone Studies
Course Schedule: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:45pm., 1st half of semester

Who takes this class? ICGC Scholars in their second year of the program should enroll for a minimum of 2 credits of DSSC 8310. DSSC 8310 is a variable credit course, typically offered for one credit. Students are welcome to enroll in multiple sections of DSSC 8310, and must complete at least two credits.

Course Description

In this seminar we will study forced migrations in a variety of domains, both scholarly and creative. With the help of knowledge drawn from several academic disciplines and branches in the humanities and social sciences, including linguistics, anthropology, literary analysis, geography, and history, we will examine this much-debated concept. After this overview, we will take a close look at a few works that tackle forced migrations taking place in various places, mostly around and across the Mediterranean Sea. Attention will be given primarily to irregular, unauthorized and clandestine crossings of borders and seas between North- and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Levant, the Middle East; and Europe. Our primary sources will include novels, short stories, films, cartoons, paintings, and other forms of expression.  



DSSC 8310: Topics in Development Studies and Social Change

Section 3: Decolonization and Education in Transnational Contexts

Credits: 1
Instructor: Dr. Nina Asher, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Course Schedule: Thursdays, 11:00am-12:50pm., 2nd half of semester

Who takes this class? ICGC Scholars in their second year of the program should enroll for a minimum of 2 credits of DSSC 8310. DSSC 8310 is a variable credit course, typically offered for one credit. Students are welcome to enroll in multiple sections of DSSC 8310, and must complete at least two credits.

Course Description

Scholars, educators, community organizers, artists, and others across the globe grapple with the complexities and contradictions of decolonizing educational and social structures and systems in the aftermath of colonialism. In this course we will consider such issues as the intersections of race, culture, gender, nation, language, displacement, migration, and socioeconomic inequities; and the challenges of and possibilities for developing decolonizing curriculum (broadly defined) and pedagogy, within and beyond formal educational contexts, towards equity and justice in transnational contexts. Course texts will include books, films, and media clips. 


Spring 2023

DSSC 8112: Scholarship and Public Responsibility

Credits: 1
Instructor: Dr. Karen Brown, ICGC
Course Schedule: TBD

Who takes this course? ICGC Scholars in their first year of the program should enroll in DSSC 8112.
ICGC Scholars from earlier cohorts who have not yet taken DSSC 8112 due to scheduling conflicts should also enroll in this seminar.


DSSC 8310: Topics in Development Studies and Social Change

Section 1: TBD

Credits: 1
Instructor: TBD
Course Schedule: TBD

Who takes this course? ICGC Scholars in their second year of the program should enroll for a minimum
of 2 credits of DSSC 8310. DSSC 8310 is a variable credit course, typically offered for one credit. Students are welcome to enroll in multiple sections of DSSC 8310, and must complete at least two credits.

Course Description

TBD