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Syllabus Introduction to Development - 59531
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Last update 03-11-2015
HU Credits: 1

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: glocal community development studies

Semester: 1st Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Kovner Bella

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Teaching Staff:
Ms. Bella Kovner

Course/Module description:
The ‘Theories in Development’ course includes an introduction to the key concepts and theories in the area of community development

Course/Module aims:
(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

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Frontal with discussion

Course/Module Content:
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.

Required Reading:
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.

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Course/Module evaluation:
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 %

Additional information:
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
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