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240018 VS Development and Anthropology (3.2.3) (2019S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 40 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 03.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 10.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 08.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 15.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 22.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 29.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 05.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 19.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 26.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Development (aid) programmes and cooperation have long received the critical attention of anthropologists, in particular because Development (with a big D) entails interventions in societies anthropologists often have in-depth knowledge about. This scholarly attention devoted to the international development sector is often referred to as the ‘anthropology of development’. Owing to their (local) expertise, though, many anthropologists have, after completing their studies, also found employment in the sector. This applied approach is often referred to as ‘development anthropology’. In this course, we will among others discuss both directions and the overlaps and differences between them.

Course aims:
1. To obtain a critical understanding of the history of Development and the various concepts and debates involved.
2. To better understand how development with a little d – which refers to more general (geopolitical and capitalist) structures and notions of progress and growth – shapes and influences Development.
3. To be able to understand the (historical) relationships between Anthropology and Development.
4. To critically explore tensions between the ‘anthropology of development’ and ‘development anthropology’ and to what extent these tensions can be mitigated.
5. To be able to apply an anthropological perspective (and related theories) to concrete cases and dilemmas.

We will start out with a critical overview of the history of Development and development, and the various debates, concepts and actors involved. We will then explore what an anthropological perspective has to offer. In the second part of the seminar we will apply this (theoretical) knowledge and take a closer look at various development projects in agriculture, nature conservation, microcredit, health, etc.

Reading literature, group work, discussions, and individual papers.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

1. Each student will formulate two to three questions that emerge from, or relate to, the chapters/articles read per session (apart from when they have a group assignment; see next point). The questions can be about clarification, a wish to know more about particular concepts or historical events mentioned in the literature, or all kinds of other questions that emerge from reading the material. The students will bring the questions with them to the sessions. The collection of all the questions over the course of the seminar will count towards 20 points of the final mark.
2. Each student will participate in one group assignment (3 to 5 students) and prepare a session (presentation of the session’s theme, organising group discussion or other activity, etc.). The assignment will count towards 40 points of the final mark.
3. Individually, each student will submit a 5- to 8-page paper at the end of the course. This will count towards 40 points of the final mark.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

1. Presence and active participation in the seminar - among others, with the help of the questions formulated.
2. With prior notification, two absences of 90 minutes maximum will be allowed (see for the exception, also the next point).
3. Active and fair contribution to the group assignment (all students involved in a particular group have to be present during their presentation/assignment; hence, they cannot request absence apart from for very important reasons).
4. All the three assignments have to be completed successfully, i.e. with a 4 mark minimum.



- (Book) Gardner, Katy and David Lewis. 2015. Anthropology and Development: Challenges for the Twenty-First Century. London: Pluto Press.
- Various additional chapters and articles.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:39