DEVT 4001 - Honours Development Studies: Contested Concepts

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course examines debates surrounding some of the key concepts and buzzwords that are used in contemporary development policy and practice. While the need for things such as `poverty reduction', `empowerment', `participation', `state-building', and `social capital' may seem straightforward on the surface, the way in which these concepts are used in development policy and practice reflects particular political and social interests and values as well as particular understandings of what development, itself a contested concept, is and how it occurs. The purpose of this seminar component will be to explore the interests, values and understandings that underpin concepts such as these and assess their implications for development policy and practice.

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