UE What development for whom ? Epistemology of development theories

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Description

This first course aims at providing a critical overview on how the idea of ‘development’ has been conceived, by and for whom. The course focuses on development theory, tracing its history and delving into its debates, with a particular emphasis on critical development studies. Current mainstream visions and alternative approaches will be discussed in the light of the global North-South circulation of innovative approaches towards 'development'. Placed at the beginning of the programme, it aims at equipping students with the theoretical tools that will be used all year.
Most of this course will take place over a few days, off campus, in the nearby Trièves, in the mountains close to Grenoble. It will thus provide opportunities for students to get to know each other, as well as engage in field trips.

Recommended prerequisite

Solid background in social sciences

Targeted skills

Placed at the beginning of the programme,this course aims at equipping students with the theoretical tools that will be used all year. The basics of critical development will be discussed to set up a concept and tool box, common to all teaching units.