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What is development? An introduction to the post/decolonial critique

Abstract:

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This activity, based in experiences with popular education, is an introduction to the post/decolonial critiques to the concept of development. More specifically, it focuses on the following questions: What is development? Who defines what is a developed and a developing country? What is the criterion used to establish the above division? What are its consequences? To answer these questions, the students will analyze two countries, the United States and Cuba, using statistics from the Human Development Reports for the United Nations Development Programme. The activity aims to challenge students’ stereotypes about both countries and, especially, about the idea of development. Finally, the activity is designed to introduce students to post/decolonialism theories and it works better if the students had already been familiarized with the notions of imperialism and colonialism.

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Resource Type(s):
Class Activity 
Author(s):
Juliana Morais de Goés 
Date Published:
12/13/2019 
Subject Area:
Development 
Class Level:
any 
Class Size:
Small 
Language:
English 


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This activity consists of an introduction to how post/decolonial scholars approach development. It is divided in two parts. In the first part we will work with the hegemonic representation of the United States and Cuba. That is, we will discuss stereotypes about development in both countries. In the second...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Recognize and summarize the post/decolonial critique of the concept of development.
Assessment 1:
Students will answer an essay question on the topic.
Goal 2:
Apply the post/decolonial critique to the United States’ and Cuba’s indicators of development.
Assessment 2:
In an essay question, students will be asked to connect the post/decolonial critiques to development to the Unites States and Cuba using statistics from the Human Development Reports for the United Nations Development Programme.

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