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240529 SE Development, Markets and Ethical Economies (P4) (2019S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!



max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 14.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 15.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 16.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Friday 17.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 21.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Wednesday 22.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 23.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal C, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 24.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Over the past decade global movements such as fair trade and corporate social responsibility (CSR) have gained great attention as new ways of addressing the economic inequities and ethical imperatives of social improvement in our increasingly globalised world. At the same time key development actors, such as the UN and DFID, as well as global NGOs, have become increasingly interested in mobilising business as partners and harnessing the market in the service of development. These concerns have given rise to a variety of new ethical economic initiatives such as fair-trade, CSR and pro-poor enterprise which present alternatives to the mainstream market and attempt to shift the balance of power in favour of producers in the South. Through an interdisciplinary approach this course explores the role of markets and business in development, from multinational corporations, to small enterprise, to those labouring in the informal economy. We explore the rise of corporate social responsibility, fair trade, civil society activism and ethical consumption practices as major new initiatives which attempt to make markets ethical, promote labour rights and offer market-based solutions to problems of poverty and under-development. The course investigates each of these initiatives from both a theoretical and empirical perspective, and critically considers their power, equality and gender implications.
Teaching will be through a combination of lectures and seminars, involving small and large group discussion, debate and student led actitivies. Some sessions will include a short lecture, followed by a seminar. Other sessions, where more appropriate for the topic, the class will run as a 1.5 hour workshop with no lecture. The lectures are designed to set out the broad parameters of the topic covered in that session. Seminars will take the form of discussion and debate in both small groups and plenary, as well as presentations. We will discuss a wide variety of case studies related to the particular topic.
By the end of the course, a successful student should be able to:
1. Show advanced knowledge of issues and concepts of morality, ethics and engagement in the global economy;
2. Show a grasp of advanced theories of moral economy, fair trade, ethical consumption and corporate citizenship;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of forms that ethics and engagement take in the context of the global economy through empirical literature;
4. Demonstrate critical capacities in thinking about morality, ethics and engagement in the global economy.
5. Students will develop the following skills: communication; independent research; and critical thinking.

Assessment and permitted materials

This course will be assessed by the following two modes of assessment:
1. Term paper (3000-5000 words/10-15 pages, 70% of total grade):
The paper counts for 70% of the total grade for the course.
The paper should be 3000-5000 words (10-15 pages) in length
The paper must include a substantial case study.
Students will choose the topic and case study of their paper but they must be relevant to the course.

2. Participation Points (30% of total grade):
Points will be awarded for active participation in the seminars demonstration an in depth engagement with the essential readings for that week and good preparation of case studies where instructed.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

It is essential that you come to seminars prepared, having read the essential readings. Each session, in addition to the core readings, you will be expected to find examples of case studies on line that relate to the particular topic.
Both term paper and participation in the seminars and preparation thereof are necessary to pass the course.

Examination topics

written paper, presence

Reading list

Reading List (Selection):
There are some general texts that will have relevance throughout the term. Many more sources will be posted in moodle before the course.
Rajak, D. (2011). In Good Company. An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility. Stanford University Press.
Carrier, J. and P. Luetchford (Eds) (2011). Ethical Consumption: social value and economic practice. Oxford: Berghahn.
De Neve, G., P. Luetchford, J. Pratt and D. Wood (Eds.). (2008). Hidden Hands in the Market: Ethnographies of Fair Trade, Ethical Consumption and Corporate Social Responsibility. Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol 28. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
Dolan, C. and Rajak, D. (2016). The Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility. Berghahn Books.
Baars, G. and Andre Spicer eds. (2017). The Corporation: A Critical, Multi-Disciplinary Handbook. Cambridge University Press.
Walsh, Andrew (2012). Made in Madagascar: Sapphires, Eco-tourism and the Global Bazaar. https://madeinmadagascar.wordpress.com/
Lyon, S. and M. Moberg (Eds) (2010). Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies. New York: New York University Press Eade, D. and J. Sayer (2006). Development and the Private Sector. Consuming Interests. Kumarian Press.

Association in the course directory

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