Debating Development - Exploring our position in international development practices

What is development? What is development to you? Could you describe your meaning of development in a sentence? Have you ever wondered who decides about who gets developed and how? Who benefits? Do you? Who develops whom? And why? Join us and explore the debates, hierarchies and power struggles around development. We will move from the critique to exploring resistance, activism and alternatives to development to understand our personal position and to rethink development practices.

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28. September 2020
4 weeks, 2,5 h weekly online attendance, Wednesdays from 10am – 12:30pm; plus 4h self-study weekly
Online lectures via Zoom. Zoom link will be provided.

Debating Development – Exploring our position in international development practices

This course deals with different perspectives involved in the debate around development. There will be three building blocks:

  • mainstream development
  • rethinking development
  • planning of individual development projects

The idea is to introduce different viewpoints from politics, practice and academia which are involved in development thinking and planning as well as to critically reflect on these viewpoints by designing individual development projects related to the students’ background.

On successful completion of the course, students will:

  • know about different positions of development pathways
  • be able to critically reflect development literature and development practices and understand their perspectivity
  • be able to position themselves ontologically and epistemologically in the development debates (deliberation of personal positionality)

Lecturers: Franziska Geiger and Katerina Brandes

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Registration to this course is a 2 step registration:

1. Fill out the form in the sign up button below.

2.  Write an email/notification to your course coordinator, that you want to participate in this AGEP-online-course. Registrations will be made on a „first come first serve“ basis. Your registration is successful, when you get a confirmation email from us.

Since this course is not hosted by a university, no 2. registration is necessary (second step in the sign up form).

Registration deadline: September 18th, 2020