The main goal of the essay is to provide a comparative analysis of three development thoughts regarding their competing visions of “good development”. Your essay must examine three (3) development thoughts based on the following six (6) options.
1. Modernization Theory
2. Dependency Theory
4. The Developmental State
5. Human Development
6. Post-Development Discourse
As we have explored in the first half of the semester, the contemporary landscape of international development embraces a wide range of approaches, priorities, and contradictions. Between Week #2 and #4, we discussed five influential development theories that have shaped our contemporary debates on “good development policies”.
These include Modernization, Dependency, Neoliberalism, The Developmental State,and Human Development. In Week #5, we explored Post-Development Discourse to understand the emerging critiques of the contemporary development failures. One of the significant yet overlooked perspectives is to examine the unique interactions between these competing development thoughts. A comparative analysis of development theories allows us to deepen our critical engagement with these influential modern development thoughts.
Your essay should be written in a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 1,800 words. The maximum word count excludes the title, footnotes, and the bibliography.
Please pay attention to the following four points.
(a) Title: Provide an original title to your essay.
(b) Presentation of your central argument: To advance a critical(deep/thoughtful) comparison of the development theories, your essay should present a clear main argument that effectively connects the given three theories at the beginning of the paper. Why do the selected three development thoughts merit a comparative analysis?
(c) The essay should examine the three theories’ agreement as well as their fundamental disagreement regarding their visions of “good development”. What determinants shape their unique claims on the “root causes” of underdevelopment as well as on “development solutions”.
(d) Course readings: Your essay should include at least three course readings in the comparative analysis.
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