Fall 2019  |  MDP 5100 Section 001: Post-Field / Pre-Capstone Seminar (23170)

Class Component:
1 Credit
Grading Basis:
A-F only
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
Fri 02:00PM - 09:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Carlson School of Management 2-233
Enrollment Status:
Open (17 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This project-focused seminar meets once at the beginning of the fall semester to collect observations, reflections and insights from the summer field placements. Then, throughout the fall semester, the seminar will meet periodically to stage the spring capstone course. Staging includes a capstone overview session, presentation of projects, team selection process and initial client engagements, the latter being particularly important for teams aspiring to travel during the winter or spring breaks.
Class Notes:
Post-Field/Pre-Capstone Seminar
Class Description:
A crucial element to the preparation of international development professionals is practical experience. Through the MDP mandatory internship opportunity, MDP students will have the opportunity to work with international development organizations in a variety of contexts. All organizations express a commitment to improving the status and livelihoods of their constituencies and stakeholders, but take varied approaches to meeting their stated goals. Throughout the Global South, development projects have demonstrated mixed results, resulting in an ongoing need to examine our work as international development professionals.

This course will provide students with the back "bookend" work associated with their internship experience. Course units are designed to provide the opportunity to debrief their experiences, then report back to partner agencies on results from summer work. We begin with initial feedback - debriefing the MDP summer experience, examining the personal phenomenon of "re-entry" - which is the process of re-entering a familiar culture (e.g., the University of Minnesota and, for some, U.S. culture) after a novel cultural experience. In class we will examine the process of navigating psychological and professional tensions that arose when new experiences (cultural or professional) had a personal impact on the MDP intern.
10% CV
30% Reflective Journal
60% Final Report
Class Format:
In class and field work
Readings, journaling, group activity, CV assignment, report and presentation
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/john4810_MDP5100_Fall2015.pdf (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
8 October 2015

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