Globalisation and Inequality
Full course description
This course critically focuses on structural issues of development on a global scale. Globalisation refers to the increasing interdependence of markets, states and civil societies and the resulting effects on people and their environment. By also focusing on inequality, the structural differentiation among actors in terms of access to means, opportunities and resources, issues of (re-)distribution are taken into account as well. The course investigates inequalities and interdependencies on a global, international, national and local level, while considering the role of public, private and civil society actors. Thus, it aims to understand the underlying development processes and unlock the ongoing debates. The course focuses on the following themes: globalisation and development: the Global Goals for Sustainable Development; a history of inequality; the agencies of development; democratization, human rights and development; health and development; global migration and remittances; and food security, natural resources, land grabbing and global crises.
Students understand contemporary development challenges in the context of power struggles, processes of globalization and issues of inequality. Students are able to understand underlying development processes and unlock ongoing debates regarding inequality and poverty on various levels.
Hopper, P. (2012). Understanding Development. Cambridge: Polity (+ several academic articles, book chapters, policy papers and websites)