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What 10 topics should every International Development student learn?

I'm keen to redesign my course. I have 10 weeks.

What should I include?

I'd love it if academics would each suggest 10 topics they think are key priorities for a core course. What's MOST important? GO!
i really like @ayanhme's approach:

taking two weeks to consider different explanations of divergence.

really important question, & good to spend time exploring alternative hypotheses.
.@guygrossman teaches on the political economy of development
dropbox.com/s/zc5m86s9i7p6… (very awesome topics. my course differs as it has more on collective organising, resistance, & contentious politics).
I *really* like @RyanDEnos's approach of spending 2 weeks on each issue

scholar.harvard.edu/files/renos/fi…

this is for pol-sci broadly, but would work very well for development too:

- populism & authoritarianism
- climate change
- inequality
- immigration
- control of info
- inequality
it's tempting to try to cover as many topics as possible,

but to strengthen students' analysis, to help them rigorously engage with differing perspectives, i'm inclined to this approach of spending 2 weeks on a single topic

- like @RyanDEnos & @ayanhme
This is a very cool way of understanding international development:

labour, social movements, & development @SOAS

thinking about collective struggles - against colonialism, caste-discrimination, & exploitation.

Ooh, I really like @rambletastic's intro:

getting students excited about a topic by highlighting that it's full of puzzles

dropbox.com/s/c0zv9qky9pr4… (imo, true for all topics, & helps students see themselves as playing an active, important role, in working this stuff out)
So @rambletastic steers students thru the big topics (structural transformation, economic growth, historical causes of poverty, democratisation)

Then in the final week allows them to organise into groups & teach their peers about a topic of their choice
dropbox.com/s/c0zv9qky9pr4…
that's probably a bit daunting for students, maybe a bit hard for them to organise into groups, and work out a shared priorities.

but i really really like it.

it's a nice way of institutionalising peer learning, & creating space for them to explore what interests them.
Some people have asked for more violent content.

I give you @cblatts

His course on "the Political Economy of Development" explores the drivers of conflict, order, state-building, & democratisaton
dropbox.com/s/uilugaha745z…

This assignment is cool:
I'm VERY surprised by what others regard as "KEY TOPICS".

Personally, I want my students to understand:

- why have some but not other countries experienced sustained growth
- governance & resistance
- inequalities
- global governance: migration, environ, supply chains
- racism
But it's really eye-opening & fascinating to see what others regard as key topics, i.e. what really matters in development.

It seems we all have very different takes on this!!

And I was *very* surprised that not everyone regards economic growth as central.
I'm thinking of framing each two weeks around a debate, like an unresolved question:

- Why have some but not other countries experienced sustained growth?
- What are the drivers of 'good governance'?
- Why do inequalities persist?
etc.
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