DEVS3013 Classics of Development Theory (5 cr)
The module aims at developing students' skills in critically analysing the genealogies of development theory and their bearing on today's development thought. During the course, students will examine the Enlightenment origins of concepts of progress anf development, as well as colonialism and ideas of development before and after 1945. The themes covered include the European origins of modernisation theory as well as critical theories of development, such as postmodernism, post-structuralism and post-developmentalism.
Introductory lectures, reading circle. In the reading circle, students will read the assigned chapters and articles for each class and produce analytical presentations of them. The working method includes reading, active participation and class discussion.
Active participation, quality of assignments, time management and teamwork
Students will acquire an overall understanding of different theoretical perspectives on development from a social-scientific point of view, with an in-depth understanding of and ability to critically analyse these perspectives in reference to contemporary debates. They will also be able to use a range of historical, political, economic and social concepts and facts in the analysis of development theory.
Additional materials will be announced in class.
- Peet, Richard & Hartwick, Elaine. 2009. Theories of development: contentions, arguments, alternatives. ISBN 9781606230664 sidottu, ISBN 978-1-60623-065-7 nidottu, ISBN 9781462519606 verkko
- Escobar, Arturo. 1995. Encountering development: the making and unmaking of the third world. (selected parts) ISBN 9781400839926 verkko
- Sen, Amartya. 1999. Development as freedom. (selected parts) ISBN 9780198297581, ISBN 9780191027239 verkko