What is "development"? How do countries "develop"? There are numerous answers to these questions: this course explores some of these answers, in the form of theories of development. In this course we will survey some of the major theories of development, and challenges to these theories, including: modernization theory; dependency theory; post-modern/decolonial theory; and feminist theories. We will also explore some recent debates in development, including the impact of structural adjustment, and the role of natural resource wealth, in promoting or impeding development.
The objectives of the course are to:
- Introduce you to debates about the meaning of "development"
- Survey some of the major debates about the causes of "development"
- Help you to think critically about theories of development
- Introduce you to recent debates about development issues
Source: Syllabus below from http://carleton.ca/sppa/academics/course-information/2013-fall-course-outlines/ (accessed 5 January 2014).