ARST-640 Development in Arab World
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
What is development? How have notions of development, and beliefs about how best to promote it, shifted over time? In this course, we consider conflicting perspectives on what constitutes progress or human development, and what approaches and institutions might best promote “human development.” We examine how development aid, discourses and institutions have framed our knowledge of the Arab world and the status of human development in the region. 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 key development arenas such as education, labor 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 critical perspective on development policies and epistemologies.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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