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
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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