History of Development: Ideologies, Politics, and Projects (HIH2138A)

30 credits

In the Twentieth Century, the concept of ‘development’ became central to the way that we think about and categorise large parts of the world. Divisions of developed/underdeveloped, first world/third world shaped the actions of transnational organisations, colonial and national governments, spurring ambitious (and sometimes drastic) projects of social and environmental engineering. This module will introduce you to the ideologies and politics underpinning ‘development’, and look closely at a number of development projects—including population control, ‘mega-dams’, and the ‘green revolution’.  The module will also allow you to engage with interdisciplinary critiques of development, such as anthropological texts and documentary films.