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Development, power and inequality 2017/2018

  • 6 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment


1. Define "development", "power" and "inequality" in their several dimensions;
2. Understand and interpret critically the different "difference(s)": gender, ethnic or religion, as well as the underlying sociological processes to the development of the human societies to the power relationships and the structured inequality.
3. Analyze and interpret the relation between the contemporary asymmetries of development, power and the colonialism phenomes;
4. Apply the knowledges concern the IR interpretation and the actor's role in the political, cultural and economic sceneries;
5. Promote and be part in the main debates of projects to support the development.

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applied.

Teaching Metodology

Lectures focused on imparting knowledge to students concerning the development processes, power and inequality in international relations
Practical classes in the form of seminars focused on discussion with students about the various themes that take up the study of development, power and inequality in international relations.
Reading and discussion of a list of preselected texts.
Written and oral exercises targeting the analysis of international contemporary events in the light of the discipline issues.
Use of audiovisual technology as a way to familiarize students with the studied topics, namely through the exhibition of documentaries, clips with interviews of actors in supporting development projects as well as images relating to issues under study.

Body of Work

1 Introduction to concept development, power and inequality
2 human figurations and the role of the notion of 'balance' in development processes
3 Balances of power and relations of inequality between social groups and political communities
4 Civilization processes and uncivilizing
5 Colonialism and the development of international society
6 colonialism, capitalism and Europe
7 Colonialism in Latin America
8 Colonialism in Africa
9 Colonialism in Asia
10 Development, power, inequality and colonization processes
11 Decolonization and the new challenges of development
12 supporting the development of Programs
13 Development and biosphere
14 A global civilizing process?

Recommended Bibliography

ACAMOGIU, D. & ROBINSON, J. (2013) Porque Falham as Nações. Temas & Debates. ISBN 9789896441975
COSTA, A. (2013) Desigualdades Sociais Contemporâneas Editora: Mundos Sociais.
ISBN 9789898536150.

Complementary Bibliography

Edkins, J. E Zehfuss, M. Global Politics, Oxon, Routledge, 2009
Burnell, P. et al. Politics in the Developing World, Oxford, OUP, 2011
Haslam, P. et al., eds, Introduction to International Development, Oxford, OUP, 2012
Ciplet, D. et al. Power in a Warming World, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 2015
Weatherby, J. et al. The Other World, Boston, Pearson, 2002
Griffiths, I. The African Inheritance, Oxon, Routledge, 1995
Skidmore, T. Modern Latin America, Oxford, OUP, 2009
Newbury, C. Patrons, Clients and Empire, Oxford, OUP Press, 2003
Willis, K. Theories and Practices of Development, Oxon, Routledge, 2011
Hurrell, A. e Woods, N. eds, Inequality, Globalization and World Politics, Oxford, OUP, 1999

Weekly Planning

1st Week
Presentation: Contents, Methodology, Bibliography and Evaluation.
Introduction to the concepts: Development, Power and Inequality.

2nd Week
Human figurations and the role of the notion of 'balance' in development processes. Exercise.

3rd Week
Balances of power and relations of inequality between social groups and political communities.

4th Week
Civilization processes and “uncivilizing”.

5th Week
Colonialism and the development of international society.

6th Week
Colonialism, capitalism and Europe.

7th Week
Colonialism in Latin America.
Research exercise and literature study.

8th Week
Mini Test realization. Mist Evaluation element.

9th Week
Colonialism in Africa

10th Week
Colonialism in Asia.
Case Study.

11th Week
Development, power, inequality and colonization processes.
Case Study.

12th Week
Decolonization and the new challenges of development.
Debate and documents study.

13th Week
Supporting the development of Programs.
Case Study.

14th Week
Development and biosphere. A global civilizing processes?
Documents analysis.

15th Week
Preparation for the Written Exam.
Finalization of the Curricular Unit.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

This course enables students to a critical understanding and analysis of development processes and relations of power and inequality in terms of international society, linking them with intrasocietal phenomena and analyzing them in its political, economic, sociocultural
and environmental . The course is focused on the development of skills in terms of understanding the thought processes subjecentes sociological international relations, as well as the theoretical and policy implications of procesoss of human development and interdependence, power and inequality between political communities.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

This course develops students' skills concerning their understanding of how international relations are structured by relations of power and inequality whose character can trace the sociological processes of human development. In this way, students develop theoretical capacities and review practices of international society and its power structures to intra and inter societal levels and how different dimensions of human development processes, whether political, economic, social, cultural or environmental are interconnected to form different expressions of international social reality.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
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