This course introduces students to the history, theory and practice of international development. Students will examine the different meanings and objectives of global development, paying particular attention to economic growth, poverty alleviation, inequality reduction, capability enhancement, the defense of human rights and sustainability. They will also learn about competing theories of development, from those that emphasize the role of Global North intervention, technological emulation and industrial change; to those that privilege the importance of local context, cultures, communities and socio-economic arrangements. Finally, students will explore the role of different institutional actors actively involved in top-down and bottom-up efforts to improve the human condition in the Global South, such as the state, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), official development assistance (ODA) agencies, multilateral agencies, and business. Through real-world cases, the course will address the consequences - both positive and negative - of development initiatives and projects. This introductory course will prepare students to better understand, assess and participate in the project of global development. Students will also be ready for more advanced courses on development. This course is part of the Global Development Minor.
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