The Nature of International Development

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S. Pieck

Course Long Title

The Nature of International Development


This course casts a critical eye on the international development complex and its varied consequences for environments and communities worldwide. Students consider the colonial origins of the development idea, its institutional growth in the twentieth century, theories of development, and the different actors involved. Drawing heavily on case studies and voices from across the global South, the course then explores major environment-development quandaries such as extractive industry, large infrastructure projects, public health, food security, disaster relief, and foreign aid, all the while measuring them against development’s shifting aspirations: poverty alleviation, social justice, and sustainability.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit


Class Restriction

Exclude Sophomores, Exclude Juniors, Exclude Seniors, 05