Thursday, August 30, 2012

International Development at Eastern University

The anticipation is over.  A new season has started!

It has been six years since I last took a formal class.  A few things are familiar, but most things are foreign.  In a lot of ways, it is like entering a new country with a unique culture and language.   Eastern University is completely unlike Penn State.  I will be taking four classes this semester with the same 15 students in every class.  We are a cohort, walking through this program together.  We pray in class, and the Bible is our central text.   Differing opinions are welcomed and add to the discussion.  I recall a few instances at Penn State when a student questioned a professor's answer or calculation. It did not always go over well.  I spent most of my undergraduate career working on problem sets.  I expect to spend most of my graduate career reading and writing papers. 

For anyone interested in International Development, this semester I am taking the following classes. 

Community Development
Economic Development
Leadership and Empowerment
Theology of Poverty

I'm hoping to post the titles of some of the books that I am reading along the way for anyone who might be interested.  This weekend I will be getting a head start on reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Freire.  Since he is a Brazilian author, I am particularly interested.