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A.A. 2019 / 2020

Secondo semestre
Tipo attività formativa 
A scelta dello studente
[PDS0-2018 - Ord. 2018] comune
Lingua insegnamento 


Obiettivi formativi 

1) [Knowledge and Understanding] Acquire the theoretical framework of Development Anthropology, namely developing a critical understanding of development and humanitarian policies.
2) [Applying Knowledge and Understanding] Knowledge of and abilities in applying the ethnographic methodology to the development policies and processes.
3) [Making judgements] Critical analysis of texts and materials submitted during the course; identifying and critically analyse the power dynamics implied within development policies.
4) [Communication skills] Presentations, group activities and materials’ elicitation will help the students to acquire communication skills.
5) [Learning skills] Through participative classes as well as through autonomous and group activities, the students will be able to acquire research’s analysis skills.


Good knowledge of English


The course explores the academic anthropological understanding of the notion and dynamics of Development. By providing analytical and critical anthropological and ethnographic tools, the aim is to equip the students in the understanding of the international cooperation and humanitarian policies. Namely, the course will provide adequate analysis of the power, economic as well as social dynamics implied in the development processes. The focus will be on the inconsistencies of the term ‘development’, as well as on other concepts typically associated to development and humanitarian praxis (such as growth/de-growth, international cooperation, participation, ‘developing countries’, inclusion). Specific attention and consideration will be given to the decolonising theory applied to Development, in order to question the North-South relations often implied/embedded within Development processes

Metodi didattici 

Theory lessons, participative group-workshops, individual presentations, discussion groups

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento 

Walkthrough verifications of the abilities described in the learning skills: working groups, individual presentations delivered/elicited during the lecture.
The exam for non-attending students will consist in the writing of a 20-25K characters-long paper, regarding one of the topics given during the course. The student can freely choose the topic, consulting previously the lecturer. Subsequently, there will be an oral discussion of the delivered paper with the teacher.

Altre informazioni 

For non-attending students, it is recommended to access the materials present on the Moodle 2 platform and contact directly the lecturer in order to arrange and agree on the exam’s topics.

Testi di riferimento 

The general references for the module are
- De Sardan Jean-Pierre, 2005. Anthropology and Development. Understanding contemporary social change. New York; London: Zed Books;
- Mosse, David, 2005. Cultivating Development. An ethnography of aid policy and practice. London: Pluto Press.
- Fassin, Didier, 2012. Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press.
Lecture notes and other materials are going to be uploaded on the Moodle 2 platform and analyzed during the lectures.

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