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130cp at 1000 level or above
Based on lessons from practical experience in development programs, this unit seeks to address the common perception that even while delivering benefits to many in the developing world, foreign aid 'could and should do better'. We begin with theories of what makes 'development' take place. We examine different models for helping people in poor countries to show how the complexity of international and national relations at the macro-level and social relations at the micro-level makes this such a difficult process. We then explore specific themes in the contemporary practice of 'doing development' such as the changing rhetoric and practices of donor agencies, debt and structural adjustment, China's increasing impact, poverty alleviation and equity, NGOs and community empowerment, gender and social vulnerability, new social movements and sustainability, migration, resettlement and social justice. Students will come to understand donor-driven development as both a way of thinking and a set of practices that affect recipient populations in profound ways.
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Students will write a 800-word review on a designated book.
A short report answering set questions based on assigned readings
This assessment entails two short essays based on assigned questions.
Weekly participation comprises writing a 250-word discussion on each weekly readings (for external students).
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Unit information based on version 2021.02 of the Handbook