Study how societies evolve over time.
All societies change over time, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. In this concentration you explore different conceptions of development and why some societies develop while others languish? What accounts for disparities in longevity, wealth, and access to food and healthcare? How can we explain differences in extreme poverty, malnutrition, and treatable disease? You consider how societies move from being heavily rural to those with higher levels of urbanization? What explains differences in political, civil and economic liberties? What accounts for differences in gender rights and opportunity? What are the implications of climate change and environmental distress?
The IAS concentration in Development offers an interdisciplinary approach to examine why some societies develop politically, socially, and economically while others languish. You can explore disparities in wealth, political freedoms, gender rights, urbanization, access to basic resources like food and healthcare, environmental conditions, and social justice.