SOCIAL DYNAMICS IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

Second cycle degree in LOCAL DEVELOPMENT (Ord. 2017)

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: MATTEO BORTOLINI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Prerequisite for this course is a working knowledge of major sociological and political science concepts. Some knowledge of contemporary political philosophy and post-colonial studies could also be of some help.
Examination methods: Learning assessment for attending students

Class participation and discussion sessions – 25% 
Group written materials – 25% each
First in-class exam or weekly briefs – 15%
Final written exam – 35% 

Learning assessment for non attending students

- 2 take-home papers - 25% each 
- Final written exam - 50% 
Course unit contents: The course will focus on the role of experts in local development. We will try to understand what an expert is, what an expert does, and how experts work with other social actors in the pursuit of their individual and collective goals.

The course is both analytical and reflexive in scope. From an analytical point of view, we aim at building a rock-solid set of concepts for interpreting actual practices and social relationships. From a reflexive point of view, since students are studying to become “experts of local development” themselves, the course is designed in order to encourage and foster reflexivity about one’s role, duties, and power.

During the 2017-2018 a.y. we will compare Western and Chinese development projects in Africa, from a cultural, structural, and social point of view.