2nd degree (Master)
glocal community development studies
Coordinator Office Hours:
Ms. Bella Kovner
The ‘Theories in Development’ course includes an introduction to the key concepts and theories in the area of community development
(1) To introduce students to various theories that have framed what we call today ‘international development’.
(2) To examine core perspectives and theories that have shaped development thinking and practice since the 1950s.
(3) To introduce development as an emerging discipline.
(4) To help students to reflect upon their own assumptions about community development and to test those assumptions within the context of comparative development experience.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Understand and comprehend the main concepts in development, be able to discuss and compare between the different theories, discourses and topics in development
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Frontal with discussion
Topic one: Basic definitions and theories in development
What is ‘development’? What is ‘underdevelopment’? The question of Aid.
Topic two: History of development
Topic three: Selected thematic areas:
1/ Rights based approach to development
2/ Gender and Development
3/ Community participation and ownership
4/ Human development and capabilities approaches
Topic four: Mapping the main 'players' and current trends in community development.
Stephen Brown (2012), “National Development Agencies and Bilateral Aid” In Paul A. Haslam, Jessica Schafer and Pierre Beaudet, eds. Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues. Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 143-58
Henry Veltmeyer, “Civil Society and Local Development,” in Haslam, P. A., J. Schafer, et al., op. cit., pp. 229-243.
Additional Reading Material:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 50 %
Project work 50 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %