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SOAN 265 Critical Perspectives in Development

Faculty: Bylander
Content: Critical exploration of the invention, rise, and current moment of global development projects aiming to end poverty, improve living standards, and ensure the freedoms of individuals in the Global South, drawing largely on scholars from the region to problematize mainstream understandings of and solutions to social and economic development. First, an exploration of how “development" has been defined, measured, and understood over the past century, from colonial conceptions to post-development rejections of the term. Second, reading of several exemplary critical analyses of development thinking and practice, focused on questions of international aid, microfinance, cash transfers, and the global economic system.
Prerequisites: SOAN 100 or 110.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing.
Usually offered: Alternate Years, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.