The programme is grounded in the recognition that development is inherently international, and inherently political: a concept that cannot be separated from core questions of global governance, from international conflict, attempts at conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconstruction, or from issues of human development and human security. International Development at Richmond ensures that students understand the history of international development from post-war modernization to the Millennium Development Goals, with particular emphasis on building a conception of the impact of global governance on political and economic processes in the developing world.
Students engage directly with core issues of the international flows (legal and illegal) of people, both between developing states, and into the developed world. Students develop analytical and practical skills that facilitate continued learning in this dynamic field. Courses examine the inter-disciplinary literature on the subject and Spring semester electives allow students to pursue further specialised knowledge in an area of their choice.
The structure of the programme is organised in three core courses in the Fall semester, in the Spring semester there is one core course in addition to which students choose one electives. Students who wish to opt out of the internship choose a third elective in the Spring semester. Spring semester electives run depending on demand and faculty availability.