Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
Please note: In this course is a limited capacity, maximum of 80 students. When there are more students, participation will be in the order of registration, conform EER art. 4.5 participation in courses; priority rules.
After successful completion of the course the students are able:
- to describe the contents and dynamics of the development debate, have acquired knowledge of the different topics and concepts, and are able to position these in the broader context of international development cooperation;
- to analyze and understand the different ethical and moral aspects related to international cooperation;
- to critically reflect on development interventions and develop criteria to evaluate interventions;
- to critically read policy documents and interpret the implications for development;
- to write a well-structured and grounded research report, with a careful examination of relevant sources.
What are the current topics of the development debate, which issues are on the agenda, and how are these translated into international (development) cooperation? This course critically examines the various key approaches which have dominated international development debate and which underlie the multifarious development practices and policies of the last few decades. The perspective is on the different channels and the main actors and institutions involved, including new donors, private sector, international organizations and international agreements that impact development processes in the Global South. It focuses on the interfaces between academic paradigms, practitioners’ approaches and the debate on questions of international cooperation and development in society at large. The course deals explicitly with the ethical and moral aspects related to development cooperation. The multidisciplinary character of this course makes it also well suited for students of other programs, who may approach development issues from their own respective disciplinary backgrounds.