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The notion of development has served as a complex paradigm for the understanding, evaluation and intervention in societies at least since the end of the Second World War. Its impact has been overwhelming in domains as diverse as economics, politics, social organization, education, urbanization, technology, etc. And yet it has never been without its’ critics, both from within, in debates about the proper meaning and politics of development, and from intellectual traditions from outside the paradigm. The aim of this course will be to critically examine some of these debates, from such diverse perspectives as Marxism (Dependency Theory and World Systems Theory), Postcolonialism, Post-developmentalism. Students should thereby acquire a basic understanding of these debates, such as to possibly contribute to them and more broadly to critically engage with the politics of development.
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