MTH2134 Regional Analysis in Development

Students perform qualitative and quantitative analyses at the regional level to gain insight into development challenges and propose new ways of thinking, with an emphasis on the role of technology. For example, a student might study maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Students select topics and regions based on interest and levels of unmet need, as well as other considerations such as cultural, climatic, technological, economic, political, and ecological ones.

Students will gain experience with analysis and modeling tools and data sets relevant to development with an emphasis on probability and statistics, GIS, and dynamic systems modeling. Guest speakers will share their experiences practicing data driven development. Students will create formal briefings with recommendations supported by a synthesis of quantitative data, analysis, and visualization and informed by the published literature. Students may have an opportunity to publish their work.

This course provides valuable preparation for students planning to enroll in ENGR 3290/4290 Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship (ADE) or perform research or work in international development. Wellesley and Babson students are encouraged to enroll.



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