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240118 VO+UE VM4 / VM6 - Post-development theories and the question of alternatives (2020W)

a view from Latin America

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 13.10. 18:00 - 21:00 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 18:00 - 21:00 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 18:00 - 21:00 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 18:00 - 21:00 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 18:00 - 21:00 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 18:00 - 21:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this class we will examine Latin American ideas on post-development that on the one hand criticize the notion of development and on the other hand propose alternative approaches. conviviality, teconología social, human scale development, buen vivir and Latin American feminism.

Learning Outcomes

Students are able
• to create a knowledge base of (post)development studies literature mainly from a Latin American perspective.
• evaluate the importance of Latin American contributions in the shaping of contemporary critical scholarship on post-development.
• assess the strengths and weaknesses of post-development criticism.

This course will be taught digitally through assignments and
interactive/uploaded lectures/ppt presentations. On-line classes are organized to discuss your essays.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exercises 60%

Final essay (2500 words, due 2 weeks after the final class) 40%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading Scale:
1 (sehr gut) 100-89 points
2 (gut) 88-76 points
3 (befriedigend) 75-63 points
4 (genügend) 62-50 points
5 (nicht genügend) 49-0 points

Examination topics

Reading list

Herrera, Amrical (1975): Catastrophe or New Society? A Latin American World Model, Fundación Bariloche

Illich, Ivan (1992): Needs in: The Development Dictionary, ed. Wolfgang Sachs, Zed Books

Gustavo Esteva & Arturo Escobar (2017) Post-Development @ 25: on ‘being stuck’ and moving forward, sideways, backward and otherwise, Third World Quarterly, 38:12

Max-Neef Manfred (1991): Human scale development, conception, application and further reflections, The Apex Press

Aguinaga, Margarita / Lang, Miriam / Mokrani Dunia / Santillana,
Alejandra (2011): Development Critiques and Alternatives: A Feminist Perspective in: Beyond Development Alternative Visions from Latin America, ed. Lang

Reference works:

Sachs, Wolfgang (1992) The Development Dictionary: A Guide to Knowledge as Power. Zed Books

Kothari, Ashish, et al., eds.(2019) Pluriverse: A post-development dictionary. Tulika Books

Association in the course directory

VM4 / VM6;

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