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12.12.2019 at 09:00 - 15.1.2020 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Wed 15.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 22.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 29.1.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 5.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 12.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 19.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45
Wed 26.2.2020
10:15 - 11:45


· The course is obligatory for those Society and Change Master students whose study direction is Development Studies.

· A certain number of students from international Master Programme of Contemporary Societies will be accepted to the course.

· If there is space, a certain number of Society and Change -Master students, whose study direction is something else than Development Studies will be accepted to the course.

· If there is space, maximum 5 students from the Master Programme of Environmental Change and Global Sustainability, study direction of Global Sustainability will be accepted to the course.

Upon completion of the course, students will have developed a stronger foundation of understanding the traditions of thought and key debates shaping the field of Development Studies. They will have a deeper knowledge of the conceptual development of the field, and will be able to contrast and compare significant ideas in Development Studies.

Term: 3

The course closely examines selected monographs significant in the development of the field. The texts chosen represent traditions of theorization and interpretation of development from the perspective of both global North and South. This base of knowledge will further enhance the students’ analytical and conceptual skills in Development Studies. Authors include: Karl Polanyi, Franz Fanon, Andre Gunder Frank, Edward Said, Ashish Nandy, Gayatri Spivak, Mahmood Mamdani and Arturo Escobar.

Polanyi, Karl (1944) The Great Transformation: the political and economic origins of our time.

Fanon, Frantz 1967. The Wretched of the Earth. Penguin Books.

Frank, Andre Gunder 1969. Capitalism and underdevelopment in Latin America: historical studies of Chile and Brazil. Monthly Review Press.

Said, Edward 1978. Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient. Penguin Books.

Nandy, Ashis 1988. The Intimate Enemy: loss and recovery of self under colonialism. Oxford University Press.

Mamdani, Mahmood 1996. Citizen and subject: contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism. Princeton University Press.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty 1999. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: toward a history of the vanishing present. Harvard University Press.

Escobar, Arturo 1995. Encountering development: the making and unmaking of the third world. Princeton University Press.

Scale 0-5. In evaluation all the assignments will be considered, self-evaluation will be recommended.

The course is an interactive seminar format in weekly sessions, with formal student group presentations, and small group discussion. A core monograph is assigned each week, with recommended supplementary readings. Each student writes an essay of 2500-3000 words. The learning is evaluated on a scale 1-5. Working group assignments and class participation will be taken into account in the grading.