course

Development is both a field of practice and an object of ongoing study. This course considers development as a historically situated set of practices and theories, formed and informed by the conditions of late colonialism, decolonization, cold war, and various types of liberalism. Paying close attention to shifting institutional landscapes of development, and to continuity and change in the configuration of its actors and subjects, the course seeks to deepen our analytical understanding of contemporary development discourses and practices. Land, labour/employment, and environment are the key thematic foci of the course which will also address questions such as how and why development emerged as a goal of policy and a tool of intervention, and how development ideas, policies and practices have been shaped by changing ideological, geo-/political, and other imperatives. Classes will involve a mix of lectures and small group meetings. The course will additionally enable students to address related topics of interest, including actual development practices, through papers or case studies.