International Summer School

Global studies

Session 1

Culture, Social Change and Development
Module Code: IS245
Level: 4
2017 Syllabus [PDF]
This module examines how development practices are embedded in cultural contexts. You explore the theoretical debates and how these inform orientations and interactions ‘on the ground’ and the relationship between development and religious and ethnic identities. We examine and critically discuss the questions of power and cultural relativism, who and what determines the course developmental interventions take, the cultural notions that inform development organisations and practitioners, how culture informs the way they operate and the repercussions of outcomes. You explore and debate the gender roles in development. You finish the module by focusing on migration and development and looking at the era of ‘post development’ and how cultural critiques invigorate debate on the nature of development and the contested meanings of culture.