MAAS-640-01 Development in the Arab World: Theories, Issues and Institutions
Offered academic year 2012-2013
The class begins with a look at the history of development and some conflicting perspectives on what constitutes progress or human development. We will also consider divergent perspectives on what approaches and set of institutions might best promote “development”. The course then shifts to examine the ways in which development concerns for the Arab world today are framed by a variety of actors/institutions: What are the most pressing human development issues in the region? What are the obstacles to development? What does development mean given the political and economic contexts of the contemporary Arab world? We will delve deeper into these overarching questions by examining three key human development topics, namely: education, gender and civil society development. The course draws on materials and documents produced by mainstream development organizations as well as a range of academic disciplines (especially anthropology) that provide a more nuanced perspective on development in particular contexts.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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