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CHID 480 A: Special Topics: Advanced Study Of The History Of Ideas

Higher Education, ‘Global Development,’ and the Politics of Knowledge

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:00pm - 4:50pm
MGH 287
Willy Oppenheim

Additional Details:

This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to critically examine how universities in the Global North engage with ‘development’ in the Global South – both as a field of study and as a sphere of extra-curricular activity on and off campus.  The course is fundamentally reflexive insofar as it encourages students to consider the assumptions, biases, and motivations that they (and other university students) bring to research and action pertaining to ‘development’ in contexts that they define as ‘global.’  Students will explore the role of universities in producing and disseminating knowledge about ‘global development’ via formal teaching and research as well as via informal channels such as student advocacy groups, international service-learning programs, and international internships or study abroad programs.  Inherent to this process is an examination of how the meaning of terms such as ‘global’ and ‘development’ is negotiated by actors with particular interests and particular claims to power and authority.


Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework with an interdisciplinary perspective. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:02pm