Government, Society and Business

Term 7

This course is designed to help students: (1) think analytically about development policy and its assessment, (2) develop more informed positions on key development issues, and (3) explore the many ways in which government, business and society can contribute to advancing human development. Readings and discussions will help stimulate thinking on what development is and how progress in society ought to be measured and assessed. Sessions will offer a framework for policy analysis and practical insights into the complexities of formulating social policies.

A.K Shiva Kumar

Development Economist; Policy Adviser to UN agencies; Former Member, National Advisory Council, Government of India and Director, International Centre for Human Development, UNDP.


Climate Change and Business


The course will introduce the students to the salience of climate change on business in three dimensions. First, students will learn about changes in physical risks and hazards as a consequence of climate change. Second, the course will focus on institutional dimensions of the human response to climate change, with a focus on regulatory mandates for reducing carbon emissions. Finally, we will focus on new opportunities - both technological and financial - for business that are intended to usher in the new low-carbon economy. Instead of moving sequentially through these three dimensions, the sessions are designed to consider all three simultaneously, in order to better understand the impact of change change on business. By the end of the course, students should expect to gain enough knowledge about these issues to be able to identify threats and opportunities arising from climate change in economic sectors of their interest.

Ashwini Chhatre

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Academic Director - Digital Identity & BIPP