The ideas, concepts and theories of development have seen many changes over time in response to changing realities and ethical considerations. Development has traversed many continents in several ethical and theoretical frameworks. It has morphed and transformed between sangarsh and nirman by people and collectives across time. This course will take you through histories and theories of development across contexts, tracing changes in the meaning of the practice of development.
You will learn of processes of social change that have made and unmade the modern world, and theorisations of poverty and inequality as global phenomena. We trace the colonial origins and legacies that have shaped this history, and how it has wrought psychosocial, ecological transformations as well as resistance, arriving at postcolonial theories of social and economic wellbeing, social movements and activist scholarship.